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An All-Time Favorite Mom In Films...Irma P. Hall

Shadow and Act By Cynthia Reid | Shadow and Act May 7, 2011 at 5:54AM

As I sit pondering what color roses to get my Mom for Mother's Day tomorrow and if dinner will be on time (my sisters are usually slow and late) , I couldn't help but think about the great moms in films. If I did a list, and there are quit a few out there on various film sites, it most certainly would be endless but the one person who would probably be in the top 5 for me is actress Irma P. Hall.
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As I sit pondering what color roses to get my Mom for Mother's Day tomorrow and if dinner will be on time (my sisters are usually slow and late) , I couldn't help but think about the great moms in films. If I did a list, and there are quit a few out there on various film sites, it most certainly would be endless but the one person who would probably be in the top 5 for me is actress Irma P. Hall.

If there was a "Mom Oscar" she should get it. Probably her most memorable role was Mother Joe from the film Soul Food. That 1997 film became a box-office success making over $43 million, with a budget of $7.5 million, and spawned a successful television series.

The Ladykillers, a Joel and Ethan Cohen film starring Tom Hanks along with Marlon Wayans, was another film showcasing her abilities. But the film where she steals the show is the 1996 film A Family Thing co-starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones.

Co-written by Billy Bob Thorton and directed by Richard Pearce, A Family Thing tells the story of a redneck farmer (Duvall) living in Arkansas who finds out his real mother is black via a letter written by his recently deceased Mother. The letter explains her desire for him to meet his half brother (Jones) so he decides to uphold her wish and go visit him in Chicago.

The reception he receives is "frosty" and it takes the emphatic wise words along with understanding conveyed by the family matriarchal figure Aunt T (Hall) to bring the brothers together. Hall's scenes in the film aren't numerous but when you see her she definitely shines.

The film wasn't a financial success but critics gave it decent praise and acknowledged Hall brought the film to another level.

Roger Ebert states..."The most satisfying and entertaining element of the film, however, is the performance by Irma P. Hall, a veteran actress who walks away with every scene she's in, even when up against seasoned pros like Jones and Duvall. She has a great weight of moral authority in her character, but even more important is her fierce timing: When she says something, it is said in a way that makes it final and irrefutable, and she is the person who says much of what needs to be said about this relationship."

If you get a chance, check the film out and have a great day honoring or remembering your Mom, Grandmother or "Aunt T."


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