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The Evening Star (1996)

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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Come to laugh, come to cry, come to terms... again. 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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25 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Jahre der Zärtlichkeit  »

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$5,272,449, 29 December 1996, Wide Release

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$12,767,815
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Jennifer Grant's father, Cary Grant, appeared in Operation Petticoat (1959). Mackenzie Astin's father, John Astin, took over Grant's role in the television series. See more »

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When the family and friends are keeping vigil at Aurora's bedside, the actor playing Bump looks straight at the camera as it's panning around the room. See more »

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Aurora Greenway: So... how long have you two been fucking?
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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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Ghost Town
Written by Rick Nielsen and Diane Warren
Performed by Cheap Trick
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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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