The Edwards Boys

Institute History

  • 1984 Directors Lab


One night in Texas, four estranged brothers learn of the death of their father.

“The Edward Boys” include Paul, the eldest, who is a successful contractor in Dallas; Mark, a hard-drinking construction foreman who, until recently, worked for Paul; Luke, a struggling photographer living in Austin; and Johnny, the youngest of the brothers, out of work and living in the Edwards family home in East Texas. The brothers and their families arrive at the country house to join their mother and make arrangements for the funeral.

Conflicts escalate during the two days that the family spends together, culminating in a long intense night of confrontation. At its end, the barriers between them fall away and for a fleeting instant, the Edwards Boys share a fragile moment of peace and understanding.


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