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Terms of Endearment (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  9 December 1983 (USA)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty King ...
Rosie Dunlop (as Betty R. King)
Shane Serwin ...
Megan Morris ...
Tara Yeakey ...
Baby Melanie
Norman Bennett ...
Edward Johnson
Jennifer Josey ...
Young Emma


Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Come to Laugh, Come to Cry, Come to Care, Come to Terms.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza del cariño  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$108,423,489 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Albert Brooks:  the voice of Aurora's husband in the opening scene, credited as A Brooks. See more »


While traveling in the car in Texas, the background shows warehouses from "Miller & Paine", a department store that didn't exist in Texas (but did in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the scene was filmed). See more »


Aurora Greenway: [to Flap] Raising three children, working full-time *and* chasing women requires a lot more energy than you have. You know, one of the nicest qualities about you has always been that you recognized your weaknesses. *Don't* lose that quality now just when you need it the most!
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Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
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Performed by Judy Garland
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Quite good, but overrated
24 March 1999 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

After looking forward to seeing this film for many years, I finally have watched it, and was left a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good movie, but I expected so very much more. I found the plot to be rather thin for a movie this long, and after some thought, I'd have to say that the script was average at best. With a weaker cast, I suspect that I wouldn't have even liked it. Fortunately, this film is blessed with a spectacular cast, and this film deservedly received Oscar recognition in the acting categories. It just didn't deserve the best picture Oscar that it also won.

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