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The Evening Star (1996)

PG-13  |   |  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 <>

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The continuing story of 'Terms of Endearment'. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jahre der Zärtlichkeit  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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 »


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 »


Aurora Greenway: I'm surrounded by the most taxing array of lunatics
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Follows Terms of Endearment (1983) See more »


I Ron't Know What Time It Was
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Worth Seeing if you have seen Terms of Endearment
13 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now when this movie first came out, no one really saw it. Critics gave it bad reviews. Part of the issue was the original Terms of Endearment was made back in 1983. So when some of the cast came back 13 years later, it can lose some of its box office draw. However, the time that passed actually made this movie more believable as the characters had also aged. Shirley MacLaine reprises her role and does a nice job, trying to raise her dead daughter's children. The movie stays grounded by dealing with everyday issues as well as getting older and the trials of a non-traditional family. Paxton plays a nice role in this film adding a little flare to the shadowing plot of Shirley MacLaine's character getting older. Nicholson's return, although brief, helped this film round itself out. See this one only if you see Terms of Endearment first.

Best Scene: Nicholson and MacLaine re-living the past on the beach.

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