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Terms of Endearment (1983)

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

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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza del cariño  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,498,813 (USA) (27 November 1983)

Gross:

$108,423,489 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Terms of Endearment Patsy's last name is Clark. In The Evening Star it's Carpenter. See more »

Goofs

When Emma and her children visit Aurora after Emma leaves Flap, there are cars on either side of the street. A few seconds later, the cars are gone and the street is empty. Another few seconds later, the cars are back. See more »

Quotes

Aurora Greenway: [watching Garret with a toddler] She's too old for him.
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Connections

Referenced in Zilch (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Stella by Starlight
(1946) (uncredited)
By Ned Washington and Victor Young
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Soppy, overrated melodrama that fails to endear itself
16 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Over the years, I have heard stories about how supposedly good this film was but I must say it is one of the most pretentious, overrated and worst movies to win multiple Academy Awards. I wanted to watch this film as my mother and father watched it in the 1980s when it was still relatively fresh and as a chick flick, you can guess my mother loved it and my father hated it. I was incredibly disappointed as there was not one thing redeemable about this film, whether it be the directing, the acting, the script and even the music playing throughout, all of this making the film feel like a made for TV movie or soap opera rather than a feature film. I can't accurately judge other films from this year but it seems like a weak year for films, 1983 and this about tops it. Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger are totally unconvincing as mother and daughter, Jack Nicholson has been in far better form ( A Few Good Men, Batman, The Departed) as a supporting actor in particular, John Lithgow didn't get enough screen time as was the case also with Jeff Daniels. Probably the worst film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and I think I need a few days to recover, not from supposed tears rolling down my cheeks but from the absurdity of a melodramatic pile of bile such as this.


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