In 1973, 18-year-old Beth Bledsoe moves from her home in Creekville, South Carolina, to attend college in New York City. Her uncle Frank Bledsoe is a college professor there, and is the relative she feels closest to as he is more refined and thoughtful than the rest of the family. Beth meets a boyfriend, Bruce, and shows up with him unannounced to a party at Frank’s apartment. Through events that happen at the party, she discovers that Frank is secretly gay and has been living with a man named Walid (“Wally”) for over ten years. Frank rejects the sexual advance on Bruce's part, caring for Beth when she gets too drunk. He pleads with her not to tell anyone else in the family his secret, and she agrees. !https://www.sfexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/23425020_web1_201126-SFE-ScreenAcres-Uncle_1.jpg) The next day, Beth’s grandfather and Frank’s father, Daddy Mac, dies of a sudden heart attack. Frank agrees to drive Beth back to South Carolina for the funeral. Wally asks to come along and meet Frank’s family, but Frank refuses, not yet ready to reveal the truth to them. However, Wally rents a car and follows them most of the way there; when Frank catches him, he agrees to let him come but stay in a motel during the funeral, fearful of what the locals might do if they discover their true relationship.
Paul Bettany as Frank Bledsoe
Cole Doman as young Frank Bledsoe
Sophia Lillis as Beth Bledsoe
Peter Macdissi as Walid "Wally" Nadeem
Steve Zahn as Mike Bledsoe
Judy Greer as Kitty Bledsoe
Margo Martindale as Mammaw Bledsoe
Stephen Root as Daddy Mac
Lois Smith as Aunt Butch
Jane McNeill as Neva
Burgess Jenkins as Beau
Colton Ryan as Bruce
Caity Brewer as Marsha
Michael Perez as Sam Lassiter
Zach Strum as Tee Dub
Uncle Frank is a 2020 American comedy-drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Alan Ball. The film stars Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis. Set in the 1970s, Uncle Frank is a road movie about a gay man who confronts his past.
It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020. It was released on November 25, 2020, by Amazon Studios.