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My Brother’s Keeper

TCM, beginning at 7 p.m.

Brotherly love (among other emotions) and rivalry are the themes for tonight’s lineup of four films featuring stories about the relationsh­ips between various male siblings. Up first is the Best Picture Oscar-winning comedy/drama road movie Rain Man (pictured) (1988), directed by Best Director Oscar winner Barry Levinson. It stars Tom Cruise as Charlie, a selfish young man who learns that his estranged father has died and left most of his large estate to his other son, Raymond (Best Actor Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman), an autistic savant whose existence was unknown to Charlie. Next is East of Eden (1955), Best Director Oscar nominee Elia Kazan’s drama about a wayward young man (Best Actor Oscar nominee James Dean in his first major screen role) who vies for his deeply religious father’s (Raymond Massey) affection against his favored brother (Richard Davalos). The lineup continues into late-night with the 1958 adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers

Karamazov, starring Yul Brynner, Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Lee J. Cobb, William Shatner and Richard Basehart; and concludes with the acclaimed 1960 Italian drama Rocco and His Brothers.


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