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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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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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Did You Know?


Louise Fletcher was considered for the role of Aurora. See more »


Garret's glasses during one conversation with Aurora. See more »


Garrett Breedlove: Wind in the hair! Lead in the pencil!
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Excruciatingly boring
21 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie consists of a highly disfunctional woman constantly bearing children while her phone rings off the hook with her mother calling her. Later, her vapid and self-absorbed mother falls for an equally self-absorbed and pompous baffon of a neighbour. The acting, while good, didn't make me want to care about any of the characters except for the kids. Overall, there's nothing redeeming about this movie. Truly a waste of film. I want those two hours of my life back, please.

Rating 2/10.

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