Death In The Family

Death In The Family

Director: Gilbert Cates Cast: John Slattery, Annabeth Gish, Austin Wolff



Adapted from James Agee's posthumously published, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Death in the Family is set in Knoxville, TN, in 1915. The death of husband and father Jay Follett (John Slattery) in a car accident has profound and long-reaching effects upon his wife, Mary (Annabeth Gish), and his sensitive, seven-year-old son, Rufus (Austin Wolff). At the core of the crisis is Mary's prickly relationship with her own family, exacerbated by her late husband's unwillingness to "go with the flow" in terms of religion and race relations. The kindly intervention of Mary's free-spirited artist brother, Andrew (David Alford), enables her and her son to go on with their lives. Told from Rufus' point of view, the novel version of Death in the Family had previously served as the source for the Broadway play and film All the Way Home. This production, filmed on-location in Tennessee, was telecast by PBS on March 25, 2002 as part of Masterpiece Theatre's "American Collection."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
UPC: 0841887050470
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Slattery Jay Follett
Annabeth Gish Mary Follett
Austin Wolff Rufus Follett
James Cromwell Joel Lynch
David Alford Andrew Lynch
Kathleen Chalfant Aunt Hannah
Christopher Strand Ralph Follet
Bill Raymond Father Jackson
Matthew Carlton Walter Starr
Margaret Asker Catherine Lynch
Danny Beene Blacksmith
Dave Ducey Local Farmer
Mac Pirkle Harbison's Salesman
Reed Alexaner Schoolboy 1
Andrew Willis Schoolboy 2
Louden Wright Schoolboy 3

Technical Credits
Gilbert Cates Director,Producer
Marcia Calosio Production Designer
Ronald B. Colby Producer
Dennis E. Doty Producer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Peggy Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Fox Score Composer
Anne Hopkins Executive Producer
Stephen M. Katz Cinematographer
Stephen Kulczycki Executive Producer
Robert W. Lenski Screenwriter
Marian Rees Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [1:53]
2. Father and Son [9:24]
3. Rufus Rastas Johnson Brown [1:32]
4. The Follet Brothers [2:49]
5. A Happy Home [5:45]
6. Jay Goes to His Dying Father [9:35]
7. The Cap [2:20]
8. The Phone Call With Bad News [7:50]
9. He Was Taken in His Strength [3:10]
10. Peaches, Pickels, and Pears [2:42]
11. The Life Force Stays On for a While [5:29]
12. The Morning After [9:51]
13. The Matter of Baptism [4:54]
14. Ritual Won't Help Us Today [4:54]
15. Your Father Was Kind of Like Lincoln [4:56]
16. We Go On [6:59]
17. Credits [1:53]

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