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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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Young Emma
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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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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza del cariño  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Debra Winger behaved erratically on the set of this film because she was trying to get over a severe cocaine addiction. At one point, she and Shirley MacLaine got into a shoving match. See more »

Goofs

As the young Horton family crosses the Texas border driving to Iowa, there is merely a plain road sign, located amidst open flat fields of waiving grain, indicating that they are leaving Texas. Any highway trek from Texas to Iowa would find a roadway dip into the distinctive basin of the Red River and would require crossing the river over a substantial bridge joining Texas and Oklahoma. See more »

Quotes

Garrett Breedlove: I like the lights on.
Aurora Greenway: Then go home and turn them on.
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Connections

Referenced in The Critic: Dr. Jay (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Gee, Officer Krupke
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From "West Side Story"
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Courtesy of Amberson Enterprises, Inc.
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Gosh, it has aged very badly!
22 June 2001 | by (Copenhagen) – See all my reviews

Re-watching the sobbing of "Terms of endearment" revealed that it has aged pretty badly, I'd say. The portrait of these oh so strong women is as '80s as can be. How these strong, but still gentle women change their surroundings with their strength and their love can be quite unbearable to watch. Almost all male characters are jerks who becomes jerks-turned-around after the meeting with these strong, independent women who has their sacred fellowship with each other. Well - if I had a bra, I would burn it!!

When the story centers itself around the infidelity of Flap and Emma it is only the man who is to blame since he gets caught! But because of her female strength, her inner spirit, her motherhood and sisterhood she can actually forgive him.

I am glad I was too young to marry in the '80s! This portrait of women is terrible and it is hard for me to believe that it once was up to date!

4/10


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