Donald Sutherland And Kiefer Sutherland, The Father-Son Duo, Had Appeared Together In A Few Films

According to our knowledge, they have made an appearance in 3 movies together,

On June 20, 2024, actor Kiefer Sutherland shared the devastating news of his father, Donald Sutherland’s demise through his official X (formerly known as Twitter) handle.

We at Amy-Movie would like to extend our heartfelt condolences on the passing of the legendary actor Donald Sutherland. May his soul rest in peace!!

Kiefer’s father, Donald Sutherland, was a veteran actor who had appeared in more than 200 projects throughout his lifetime.

Donald’s most notable roles were in films and TV series such as M*A*S*H, Klute, Animal House, and The Hunger Games.

However, Donald wasn’t the only superstar in the family; following his father’s footsteps, Kiefer gained considerable industry recognition.

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By working on over 100 projects, the actor has already cemented his position in the industry.

However, many of you might not know that this father-son duo has also worked together in multiple films.

According to our knowledge, they have made an appearance in 3 movies together, and they are,

  1. Forsaken (2016)
  2. A Time To Kill (1996), and
  3. Max Dugan Returns (1983)

So, without any further ado, let’s discuss each of these movies in detail.

1. Forsaken (2016)

Release Date2015
CastEsther Purves, Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland
DirectorJon Cassar
GenreAction, Drama, Western

First, let’s discuss the plot of this movie. The plot focuses on a good, hardened man who returns home from the war to redeem himself.

Like in any other Western-themed movie, a bad guy constantly tries to take over the land of innocent farmers.

The honest fact about this movie is that the story isn’t new. Numerous movies have focused on the same storyline. However, one can’t deny that the acting and direction in this movie are absolutely the best.

Getting back to the father-son duo, Kiefer played the role of John Henry Clayton, whereas Donald played the role of Reverend Samuel Clayton.

John Henry Clayton is a soldier who can’t escape his violent days of war. Samuel Clayton plays the role of a father who is trying to help his son change his ways of life.

Their natural chemistry on the screen warms the heart of every fan.

2. A Time To Kill (1996)

Release Date1996
CastMatthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson
DirectorJoel Schumacher
GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller

Both father and son didn’t have a major role in the movie “A Time To Kill.”

Nevertheless, they both were present in this movie, which is why this movie made our list.

Donald portrayed Lucien Willbanks, whereas his son played Freddie Lee Cobb. Both of their roles were well appreciated by the fans in this brilliant crime thriller.

But one can’t deny that throughout the entire premise, the spotlight was on the lead actor, Matthew McConaughey.

Talking about its plot, it follows a helpless father whose daughter is raped and almost murdered.

Due to his frustration, the father tries to take matters into his own hands. But this man is the only black man in the white community, so the theme of the movie also focuses on racism.

If you are a fan of crime thrillers, then this movie is a must-watch.

3. Max Dugan Returns (1983)

Release Date1983
CastJason Robards, Marsha Mason, Donald Sutherland
DirectorHerbert Ross
GenreComedy, Drama
Awards1 Nomination

In this movie, Donald had the major role of boyfriend Brian Costello, of lead actress Marsha Mason.

However, his son, Kiefer Sutherland, had to play a minor role as a baseball player, Bill. The movie’s main theme is a working single mother, her son, and her father.

Her life struggles are showcased in a comic way during the first half. Her profession is the area teacher who struggles to keep up with her bills.

In the movie’s second half, she gets a visit from her long-lost father, who is carrying stolen money with him.

As the movie progresses, it gets funnier and funnier. Kudos to the scriptwriters who did a fabulous job.


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