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Uncle Frank

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7.31 h 35 min2020X-RayHDRUHD15
In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch's funeral, they're unexpectedly joined by Frank's lover Walid.
Directors
Alan Ball
Starring
Paul BettanySophia LillisPeter Macdissi
Genres
LGBTQDramaComedy
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English [CC]ČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)SuomiFilipinoFrançaisעבריתहिन्दीMagyarItaliano日本語한국어Bahasa MelayuNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)RomânăРусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทย中文(简体)中文(繁體)
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]Español (España)ItalianoEspañol (Latinoamérica)日本語PortuguêsDeutschFrançais

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Supporting actors
Judy GreerSteve ZahnLois SmithMargo MartindaleStephen Root
Producers
Bill BlockMichael CostiganJay Van HoyStephanie MeurerPeter MacdissiAlan Ball
Studio
Amazon Studios
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4.7 out of 5 stars

218 global ratings

  1. 85% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 8% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 1% of reviews have 3 stars
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  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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MeganReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Feel Good Mush In All The Right Ways
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It's been 26 months since I went into research isolation, prolonged by the pandemic. 2020 has made the mundane seem extraordinary; Transformed mush into diamonds. This movie is what we need right now. A retelling of the stale old tropes with a warm and f***ing fuzzy ending. It reminded me of my upbringing, my too large family stuffed into a too small town. We all have an Uncle Frank (or are Uncle Frank). I cringed. I cried. I laughed. I needed all of this. I think a lot of us need all of this right now. Brilliant little movie.
24 people found this helpful
George HaggartyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A poignant reminder of a time not so long ago...
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This is a wonderful movie with a superb cast, and one that struck a personal chord.

On the face of it some may think there's nothing new told here, but I think you'd be wrong to think so.

This is a story that's told with honesty, heart, and sensitivity. It really wasn't so long ago that being gay was viewed as something shameful. It's certainly a memory that sticks with me from my childhood and teenage years in the 1970s and the 1980s.

I felt Frank's pain and anguish; his fear about being found out; that dread of how his family will react. I'm glad these stories are being told. They need to be told, and I'm glad I've heard this one.
18 people found this helpful
Elizabeth J. MooreReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I cried
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I watched a film today. I asked for a romantic comedy. I got “My Uncle Frank” - an Amazon film. I watched with interest and then I bawled through the end. I never that it was illegal to be homosexual in some states of the USA until the 1990. what the F.

The plot was believable – the acting by Beth was wonderful - see her grow.

I cannot understand how someone could be as unaccepting of their child as the patriarch in this family. I am so glad that the family were accepting when patriarch died. So sad that Frank could not come out earlier because of his father – and the law….
Watch it.
9 people found this helpful
cee smithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 December 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A great watch, interesting movie looking at sexuality and relationships of family
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Paul Bettany is brilliant in the role of a gay professor who is in the closest to his family. The film deals with the relationship history of hate-fuelled father that has come to dominate the whole life of Frank and something he has not dealt with. A great watch film, yet with a few annoying mistakes that should not be overlooked by editors of the film. The mistakes centre around the year time period inaccuracies. The year starts in 1973, minutes into the film it says 4-years later, although the quote is 1976 and talking of the wrong president for the time, which in 1977 was Carter.
Bettany overall does get to grips with a southern American accent, although on occasions he does let this slip to reveal his British accent, but this is not massive faux par and did not detract for the essence of the movie
Overall, a really good film with decent acting and interesting characters, well worth the watch
9 people found this helpful
FlowerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Touching, sensitive, beautifully acted.
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All of the film was immensely enjoyable: superb acting. Tells the story of a professor whose sexuality is kept secret from his family due to the irrational fear by the father who holds enormous influence over the whole family. Frank is a professor at a university and is close to his niece who finds out his true sexual and natural, for him, leaning and how the story unfolds when his father suddenly dies which brings Frank back to his family where we learn his deep pain experienced at the age of 16, at the start of his sexual journey. Loved this film because it shows the pain gay people have had to endure due to misunderstanding and religious sayings of going to hell, as seen in this film. I especially loved Frank's boyfriend, Walid but known as Wally...a gentle, sensitive, kind and sweet natured partner. The story ends well which is good because for gay people in some countries, as told in this film, they can be beheaded or killed just for the way they are. Watch it, you will not be disappointed.
9 people found this helpful
MirubyBoxers (A&J)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great casting, well directed non preachy subject matter.
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Good film that shows the stifled nature of the time, a lovely 46 year old man (Bettany) who couldn't come out *properly* to his family & the release / change when the patriarch of his family dies.

Neither male lead roles play campness up, nor are there any really heavy scenes that's make anyone blush, it's simply a well played out story, getting is a college professor having made his life in the city & increasingly open minded times of the mid 1970's

Not a "mushy" film as others have said, & if they couldn't get past the subject matter then they likely lead a blinkered life elsewhere too, so be it, their problem.

Nb. If you are a nice person, your sexuality will not matter to the majority, because you are a person first right!? ...don't stifle yourself folks, just live, we only get one lifetime.

If you are an @sshole, people will likely call you that before commenting on your sexuality.
Lastly, as in the film, people grow, the mindset of a late teen is not necessarily the attitude they will take through life, though there is always the exception to the rule.
4 people found this helpful
CMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Important, heartbreaking, and heartwarming
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Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis shine in this film about connection, rejection, and feeling like you don't belong. There's a lot of heart in this film and hilarity, but what comes to the forefront is the wonderful relationship between a girl and her uncle, who recognise something different in each other. He is a gay man, living far from his family and haunted by a terrible memory, and she is young girl with intelligence and imagination, but at threat of losing that to small-town dreams and mentalities. The connection and friendship between the two is touching, and feels very believable.
There is a lot of sadness and darkness in this story, but it's the light that's worth sticking around for. If you enjoy carefully unwinding dramas and films which examine the intricacies of family prejudice and tension, you'll enjoy this. Excellent performances from a wonderful cast.
2 people found this helpful
Niall DReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing wrong with 'Nothing New'!
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Wonderful film. With gut wrenching scenes but also some of relief and joy. That feeling of a sheer crushing weight before it being lifted that we all know only too well is prevalent and wonderfully portrayed, sometimes causing me to burst out in laughter at experiencing it all over once again.

'Nothing new' is a review I've seen of this film as if it's a negative connotation. As if every piece of screenwriting has to be new and different. Except, theres nothing wrong with 'nothing new'.

This film does a wonderful job of showing and reminding us from the LGBT community especially, that things will be okay and people can change for the better, even when we're in the darkest of times with no light in sight, whatever the personal circumstances.

Truly wonderful film that left me feelings that can't properly or accurately be put into words, but will leave me sleeping easy for days to come.
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