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Uncle Frank (2020)

Coming Out at November 25, 2020 on Prime Video.


In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Macdissi) — an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank’s father (Beth’s grandfather) Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from.

Writer-director Alan Ball’s heartfelt and hilarious road movie travels from the bohemian scene of post-Stonewall New York City to rural South Carolina, following Frank’s painful journey from hitting rock bottom to acceptance and forgiveness and, finally, reintegration into his family and into life itself. Bettany reveals Frank’s fragile core by peeling away the layers of Frank’s sophisticated but guarded persona. Sophia Lillis plays Beth as a naive but observant young woman whose eyes are opened to a world she could never have imagined. Peter Macdissi also has a standout performance as Wally, a man whose capacity for compassion runs deeper than he even knows. Ball also elicits strong turns from his superb supporting cast, including Stephen Root, Margo Martindale, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer and Lois Smith.

Director: Alan Ball

Writer: Alan Ball

Stars: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Margo Martindale, Stephen Root, Lois Smith


Paul Bettanyโ†’Frank Bledsoe
Sophia Lillisโ†’Beth Bledsoe
Peter Macdissiโ†’Walid ‘Wally’
Steve Zahnโ†’Mike Bledsoe
Judy Greerโ†’Kitty Bledsoe
Margo Martindaleโ†’Mammaw Bledsoe
Stephen Rootโ†’Daddy Mac
Lois Smithโ†’Aunt Butch
Jane McNeillโ†’Neva
Caity Brewerโ†’Marcia
Hannah Blackโ†’Janis Bledsoe
Michael Banks Repetaโ†’11-Year-Old Bullet
Isabella Pambianchiโ†’8-Year-Old Mae Ray
Burgess Jenkinsโ†’Beau
Zach Strumโ†’Tee Dub
Colton Ryanโ†’Bruce
Britt Rentschlerโ†’Charlotte
Alan Campbellโ†’Bernard
Christopher Speedโ†’Man at Party
Emily Dixonโ†’Woman at Party
Cole Domanโ†’Young Frank
Michael Perezโ†’16-Year-Old Sam
Priscilla Smithโ†’Hummingbird Motel Clerk
Voltaire Colin Councilโ†’Mechanic
Dave Hagerโ†’Green Mountain Motel Clerk
Maha Awadโ†’Wally’s Mom
Michael Hardingโ†’Preacher
Dave Blamyโ†’Lawyer
Carson Holmesโ†’15-Year-Old Bullet
Rochelle Aycothโ†’Katerina
Ron Blakeโ†’Funeral Mourner
Townsend Fallicaโ†’Young Cody
David Pascuaโ†’Party Guest
Orchid Raโ†’Fried Chicken Lady at Funeral
Sherri Robinsonโ†’Diner Patron
Theresa Shivelyโ†’Funeral mourner
Mark E Waltersโ†’Party guest

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