Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
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
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This is the second Best Picture Oscar winner that Jack Nicholson has starred in. The first one was One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975); for which he also won the Best Actor in a leading role award. It's also the second time he co-starred with Danny DeVito; DeVito co-starred in Cuckoo's Nest. This is the second time Shirley Maclaine has starred in the Best Picture Oscar as well. She starred with David Niven in 1956's Best Picture Oscar Winner Around the World in 80 Days and opposite Jack Lemmon in The Apartment (1960). Nicholson would star in another Best Picture Oscar winner after this as well; Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006). See more »
When Emma gives Flap a tie, there is a purple tag hanging from the sleeve of her blouse. See more »
I laughed! I cried! I laughed! And then I starting sobbing!
Exactly how in the world did I never see this movie before? I rented it on DVD the other night because I heard it was good, but I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. Incredible story, such powerful and passionate acting, it's just such a great film.
I don't think I need to say anything about the acting in it, if you've seen Terms of Endearment you know that Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, and Jack Nicholson bring their characters to a life rarely seen in movies. I just can't get over how great this movie was. The story is so good, it's so funny and at times among some of the saddest moments I've ever seen portrayed in the movies. I don't want to go any further for fear that I might spoil it for those who haven't seen this incredible story about life and love and laughter among family. Oh, and if you haven't seen one of the greatest movies ever made, go do so now.
Wrapping up, if you can't tell I loved Terms of Enderament. I guess I had always stayed away from it because it seemed like THE chick flick, but it's not. It's such a great story, great acting, everything of a great movie. 10 out of 10.
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