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The Evening Star (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 December 1996 (USA)
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Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious ... See full summary »

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Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious granddaughter, and another grandson living just above the poverty line. Written by R. John Berggren <jberg@nina.pagesz.net>

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A story about friends, family and other natural disasters. See more »

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexual situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Jahre der Z√§rtlichkeit  »

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$5,272,449 (USA) (27 December 1996)

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ITL 448,282,000 (Italy) (18 April 1997)
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During filming, Mackenzie Astin got in a car accident where he lost the top edge of his right ear. He had to come in an hour early for the rest of the shoot so make-up could add a prosthetic to make it match the earlier footage. See more »

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When Tommy is about to leave from a visit with his grandmother, he covers the brownies she brought him with tissue paper. A second later, we see him doing the same exact thing with the same paper. See more »

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Aurora Greenway: Tell me how it works, Tommy. When someone that you hate dies, like the General, does the hatred that you feel for that person dissipate or do you transfer it to someone else... like me? Would you explain this to me, please? Because I do not understand hatred as a sport. How does one win?
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Near the end of the credits under `thanks to:' under State of Texas Dept. of Transportation, it says: "Don't Mess With Texas: Don't Litter" See more »

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References Cheers (1982) See more »

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Music by Richard Rodgers
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The oscar-baiting sequel that wasn't meant to happen
29 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Synopsis: The continuing adventures of Aurora Greenway and her tumultous family life, are further explored in this sequel to the 1983 classic. With her three grandchildren fully grown, they all have their own personal problems to face alongside Aurora.

The Review: Just not meant to happen. Contrived is what comes to mind when viewing this sequel with Bill Paxton, Scott Wolf, and Jack Nicholson among the famous actors making walk on appearances. Overlong and underwritten, the film misses the interest of the original, not to mention any inkling of James L. Brooks' involvement. There's no Danny DeVito, and no Jeff Daniels (which is very odd considering he was the father of the three but is omitted from the film). Nowhere near as good as the first.

Grade: C-


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