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Director:
Writers:
Larry McMurtry (based on the novel by)
James L. Brooks (screenplay)
Contact:
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Release Date:
9 December 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Come to Laugh, Come to Cry, Come to Care, Come to Terms.
Plot:
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Soppy, overrated melodrama that fails to endear itself See more (162 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley MacLaine ... Aurora Greenway

Debra Winger ... Emma Horton

Jack Nicholson ... Garrett Breedlove

Danny DeVito ... Vernon Dahlart

Jeff Daniels ... Flap Horton

John Lithgow ... Sam Burns

Lisa Hart Carroll ... Patsy Clark
Betty King ... Rosie Dunlop (as Betty R. King)

Huckleberry Fox ... Teddy Horton

Troy Bishop ... Tommy Horton
Shane Serwin ... Younger Tommy Horton
Megan Morris ... Melanie Horton
Tara Yeakey ... Baby Melanie

Norman Bennett ... Edward Johnson
Jennifer Josey ... Young Emma
Kate Charleson ... Janice
Tom Wees ... Dr. Budge
Paul Menzel ... Dr. Maise

F. William Parker ... Doctor
Amanda Watkins ... Meg
Buddy Gilbert ... Dr. Ratcher

David Wohl ... Phil
Shelley K. Nielsen ... Nurse (as Shelley K. Nielsen R.N.)
Bette Croissant ... Nurse
Charles Beall ... Rudyard's Employer
Lelise Folse ... Doris

Sharisse Baker-Bernard ... Lee Anne (as Sharisse Baker)
Judy Dickerson ... Checkout Girl (as Judith A. Dickerson)
Devon O'Brien ... Lizbeth
Dana Vance ... Victoria
Alexandra O'Karma ... Jane
Nancy Mette ... Woman at Party (as Nancy E. Mette)
Holly Holmberg Brooks ... T.J. (as Holly Beth Holmberg)
Lear Levin ... Jack Stern

Albert Brooks ... Rudyard (voice) (as A. Brooks)
Lanier Whilden ... Patsy's Mother
Helen Stauffer ... Flap's Secretary
Barbara Balik ... Woman
Michelle Watkins ... Woman
John C. Conger ... Moving Man
Sandra Newkirk ... Mrs. Johnson
Elaine McGown ... Elaine McGown

Mary Kay Place ... Doris (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Boles ... College Student (uncredited)

Peg Sheldrick ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
James L. Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Larry McMurtry (based on the novel by)

James L. Brooks (screenplay)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... producer
Penney Finkelman Cox .... co-producer (as Penney Finkelman)
Martin Jurow .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Gore (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marks 
 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Polly Platt 
 
Art Direction by
Harold Michelson 
 
Set Decoration by
Anthony Mondell (set decorations)
Tom Pedigo (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Kristi Zea 
 
Makeup Department
Gerry Leetch .... hair stylist (as Gerry Becker Leetch)
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist
Julie C. Steffes .... body makeup
 
Production Management
Austen Jewell .... unit production manager
Ira Marvin .... unit production supervisor: New York
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marty P. Ewing .... second assistant director
Joel Segal .... dga trainee (as Joel B. Segal)
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
 
Art Department
Terry E. Lewis .... property master
David Q. Quick .... assistant props
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John J. Rutchland)
Sandy Veneziano .... set designer
Richard A. Villalobos .... leadman
Thomas J. Wright .... storyboard illustrator (as Thomas Wright)
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as James Alexander)
Terry Lynn Allen .... sound editor
Cheryl Bloch .... sound assistant
Irene Bowers .... sound assistant
Norval D. Crutcher .... supervising sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor
Joanne D'Antonio .... sound editor
Bruce Fortune .... sound assistant (as Bruce D. Fortune)
Cecelia Hall .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Barbara Fallick Marks .... dialogue looping editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer
Andrew Patterson .... sound editor
Jerry Rosenthal .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer: New York
Larry Singer .... dialogue looping editor
Stephen Stalheim .... sound apprentice (as Stephen M. Stalheim)
George Watters II .... sound editor
Greg Agalsoff .... boom operator (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mark Server .... boom operator (uncredited)
Clive Taylor .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (as Alan R. Gibbs)
Alan Gibbs .... stunt double: Jack Nicholson (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Maggie Fox .... second assistant camera
Steven Hiller .... second assistant camera (as Steve Hiller)
Billy Miller .... key grip
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator: New York
Don Reddy .... camera operator
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Doug Willis .... dolly grip (as Douglas Willis)
Craig DiBona .... camera operator b (uncredited)
Jack E. McLean Jr. .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jackie Beavers .... location casting: Nebraska
Sylvia Fay .... casting: bits and extras, New York
Paula Herold .... casting associate
Liz Keigley .... location casting: Texas, Doster-Keigley and Rhodes
Shari Rhodes .... location casting: Texas, Doster-Keigley and Rhodes
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Faso .... costumer: men's (as Anthony J. Faso)
Oda Groeschel .... costumer: women's
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer: women's
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Albert Coleman .... assistant editor
Jeff Freeman .... assistant editor
Jane Schwartz Jaffe .... first assistant editor
Lawrence Jordan .... apprentice editor (as Larry Fallick)
Lee Rasson .... apprentice editor
Sidney Wolinsky .... additional film editor
 
Location Management
Brian Brosnan .... location manager: Nebraska
Sandra Rabins .... location auditor
Susan Vogelfang .... location manager: Texas
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor (as Robert Badami)
Richard Hazard .... conductor
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... music recording mixer
 
Transportation Department
Michael McDuffee .... transportation coordinator
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Dan Marrow .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Marti Wells .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kimberly Allen .... support personnel
Lea Andrews .... secretary: Austen Jewell
David Davis .... special advisor
Rosemary Dorsey .... script supervisor
Barbara Duncan .... assistant: James L. Brooks
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title design
Harold Fowler .... first aid
Paul Germain .... support personnel
Mark Gutierrez .... support personnel
Mark Harrah .... technical advisor
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (as Meta D. Wilde)
Anne Thompson .... unit publicist
Ron Mitchell .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sheila Exstrom .... the producers would like to thank: for his contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment" (as Sheila Exstrom R.N. C.N.A.A.)
Timothy S. Gee .... the producers would like to thank: for his contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment" (as Timothy S. Gee M.D.)
Holly Holmberg Brooks .... special thanks (as Holly Brooks)
Richard Sakai .... the producers would like to thank: for his contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment"
Guy Serwin .... the producers would like to thank: for his contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment" (as Mr. Guy Serwin)
Mrs. Guy Serwin .... the producers would like to thank: for her contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment"
 
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Runtime:
132 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Norway:12 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (re-rating) (2013) | USA:PG (#27173) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jeff Daniels and Jack Nicholson later co-starred in Heartburn (1986), in which they once again never shared a scene.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Garrett and Aurora are going to have a lunch at the restaurant, Aurora sits down the chair twice.See more »
Quotes:
Aurora Greenway:[watching Garret with a toddler] She's too old for him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Feel the Earth MoveSee more »

FAQ

Is the movie loyal to the book?
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Soppy, overrated melodrama that fails to endear itself, 16 April 2015
Author: bsbulldogs from Australia

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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