Daddy and Them

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Daddy and Them
Daddy and Them.jpg
DVD release cover
Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
Produced by Larry Meistrich
Written by Billy Bob Thornton
Starring Billy Bob Thornton
Laura Dern
Diane Ladd
Kelly Preston
Jim Varney
Jamie Lee Curtis
Tuesday Knight
Ben Affleck
Music by Larry Paxton
Marty Stuart
Kristin Wilkinson
Cinematography Barry Markowitz
Edited by Sally Menke
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
June 6, 2001
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4,000,000

Daddy and Them is a 2001 American film written, directed by, and starring Billy Bob Thornton. In addition to Thornton, it stars Laura Dern, Andy Griffith, Ben Affleck, Kelly Preston, Diane Ladd, Brenda Blethyn, Tuesday Knight, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jim Varney. This was Jim Varney's last film; he died before the movie's release.

The original plan was to release the film in theaters, but the film got only limited distribution as Miramax found the film not "commercial" enough. Daddy and Them opened to positive reviews, with many critics praising the film's southern humour, Thornton's work as a writer/director, and the performances of the entire cast. It currently holds an 83% rating on the review site Rotten Tomatoes. [1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Ruby and Claude Montgomery are a very insecure and jealous couple, who must help when Claude's Uncle Hazel is jailed for attempted murder. The Arkansan family reunites as they travel with Ruby's older sister Rose, with whom Claude had a previous relationship, and Ruby and Rose's mother Jewel, who continuously talks about Rose and Claude's past relationship, which irritates Ruby.



The song from the same-titled album "In Spite of Ourselves" used during the closing credits was performed by John Prine and Iris DeMent.


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