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|Directed by||Neal Miller|
|Written by||Nancy Miller|
|Edited by||Paul Coyne|
Rubicon Film Productions Ltd.
|Box office||$636 (USA)|
Flagg Purdy (Alan Arkin) is a handyman who has been fighting a lifelong competition with Gus Falk (Austin Pendleton), his neighbor. After losing a game of checkers and enduring other perceived slights, Flagg files a lawsuit against Falk, seeking to win control of a well and pumphouse on Falk's property through adverse possession. The case goes to trial and although heavily favored to win, Falk loses on a technicality. He responds by shunning Flagg and banning Flagg's wife Ada (Barbara Dana) from selling produce in his general store. Other townspeople also side with Falk and boycott Flagg's services as a handyman.
Flagg responds by confining himself to his bed and announcing that he is terminally ill. This causes a reunion of Flagg's large family, including radio personality Ann Marie (Glenne Headly), real estate agent Rachel (Lauren Holly), preacher Eldon (Matthew Arkin), worm farmer Travis (Daniel Quinn), and teenage Jenny (Stephanie Lemelin). Extended family members also make an appearance seeking to claim Flagg's possessions. Over the next several days, various issues and tensions between the family members, Flagg, and Falk are revealed. Ultimately, many of the tensions are resolved, Flagg is "cured," leaves his bed, and reconciles with Falk.
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