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The Evening Star -- 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.


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Writers (WGA):
Larry McMurtry (novel)
Robert Harling (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1996 (USA) See more »
Come to laugh, come to cry, come to terms... again. See more »
Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley MacLaine ... Aurora Greenway

Bill Paxton ... Jerry Bruckner

Juliette Lewis ... Melanie Horton

Miranda Richardson ... Patsy Carpenter

Ben Johnson ... Arthur Cotton

Scott Wolf ... Bruce

George Newbern ... Tommy Horton

Marion Ross ... Rosie Dunlop

Mackenzie Astin ... Teddy Horton

Donald Moffat ... Hector Scott

Jennifer Grant ... Ellen
China Kantner ... Jane

Jack Nicholson ... Garrett Breedlove
Shawn Taylor Thompson ... Bump
Jake Langerud ... Henry
Sharon Bunn ... Dolly

Clement von Franckenstein ... Pascal Ferney

Antonia Bogdanovich ... Toni
Jimmie Lee Balthazar ... Jimmie Lee

Melinda Renna ... Nurse Susan
Mark Walters ... Doctor Faulkner
Ann Hardman-Broughton ... Lola Bruckner
Woody Watson ... James
Larry Elliott ... Billy
Donny Caicedo ... Joey

Connie Cooper ... Casting Assistant

Laura Cayouette ... Sitcom Actress Becky

John McCalmont ... Bernie Steinberg

John Bennett Perry ... Sitcom Parent

Mary Gross ... Sitcom Parent

Alex Morris ... Professor Warwick

Will Wallace ... Ticket Agent
Kim Terry ... Flight Attendant
Eileen Morris ... Nurse Margaret
Christopher Ballinger ... Bump, Age 9
Austin Samuel Hembd ... Bump, Age 7

Don Burgess ... Stage Manager
Steve Danton ... Minister B. Ramsey
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... Helicopter Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

J.D. Hawkins ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Frank Page ... Dr. Wilber (uncredited)
Brandon Porter ... Teddy's Son (uncredited)
Eric Skoy ... Opera Critic (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Harling 
Writing credits
Larry McMurtry (novel)

Robert Harling (screenplay)

Produced by
Dennis Bishop .... co-producer
David Paul Kirkpatrick .... producer
Polly Platt .... producer
Keith Samples .... producer
Original Music by
William Ross 
Cinematography by
Don Burgess 
Film Editing by
David Moritz 
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
Bruno Rubeo 
Art Direction by
Richard L. Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
Costume Design by
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus 
Makeup Department
Mindy Hall .... supervising makeup artist
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... hair stylist
Larry Waggoner .... department head hair
Production Management
Joe Dishner .... unit production manager
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
Sara E. White .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Danton .... first assistant director
Phil Hardage .... assistant director
Susan J. Hellmann .... second assistant director
Art Department
Beth Bajuk .... art department production assistant
Greg Bartkus .... set dresser
Melody Bishop .... art department coordinator
Russell Bobbitt .... property master
Max E. Brehme .... assistant property master
Craig Byrom .... carpenter foreman
Randal R. Groves .... propmaker
Kelley A. Hankins .... set painter (as Kelly A. Collopy)
Michael Miron .... carpenter laborer
Dan Pemberton .... construction coordinator
Mark B. Quick .... constructor
Mark B. Quick .... toolman
Bruno Robotti .... charge scenic artist
John A. Scott III .... lead man
Ronnie White .... propmaker
Mark Hunstable .... carpenter (uncredited)
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Yann Delpuech .... sound effects editor
Cody Dorkin .... adr
Linda Folk .... adr editor
Michael Haight .... dialogue editor
Robert Maxfield .... boom operator
Rupert Nadeau .... assistant sound editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising adr editor
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Susumu Tokunow .... sound recordist
Susumu Tokunow .... unit sound mixer
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Dan Yale .... dialogue editor
Robert Crozier .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Barton Bollfrass .... special effects assistant
Margaret Johnson .... special effects
Rick Josephsen .... special effects
Randy E. Moore .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World
Caroleen Green .... digital matte artist: Matte World
Paul Rivera .... digital composite supervisor
Susumu Yukuhiro .... model maker (uncredited)
Phil Adams .... stunts
Chick Bernhardt .... stunt double: Jack Nicholson
Oscar Carles .... stunts
Mark Chavarria .... stunts
Dan Collins .... stunts
Donna Evans .... stunts
Howard Griffith .... stunts
Jim Henry .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts
Ben Loggins .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts
Diane Peterson .... stunts
Gary Pike .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
David Sanders .... stunts
John Shults .... stunts
Diane Towery .... stunts
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Bleibtreu .... camera operator
Richard Brooks Burton .... gyrosphere technician: aerial unit
Ty Chennault .... electrician
Cheryl Clarson .... rigging electrician
Peter Clarson .... chief rigging gaffer
Sean Devine .... grip
Ray Garcia .... grip
Steven A. Guerrero .... rigging grip
Jay M. Huntoon .... video assist operator
John Johns .... video playback supervisor
Jeffrey A. Johnson .... grip
Leslie J. Kovacs .... gaffer
Mark A. Lindsay .... electrician
Marty Miller .... rigging grip
David B. Nowell .... helicopter camera operator
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Mike Sheeren .... crane grip
Steve Smith .... key grip
Christopher Wiggins .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Casting Department
Joe Grisaffi .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Abbey .... set costumer
Jennifer Long .... set costumer
Robert Pease .... wardrobe shop supervisor
Fran Vega-Buck .... costumer: Shirley Maclaine
Editorial Department
Terry Hubbard .... first assistant editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Nerissa Oden .... assistant editor
Mark Perzely .... assistant editor
Lisa Rodgers .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Laurie Gauger .... music supervisor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
George A. Martin .... music editor
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Matthew Della Polla .... scoring consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ricky Damazio .... driver
Ricky Damazio .... transportation co-captain
Ron Kern .... transportation coordinator
Glenn Knowlton .... transportation captain
Jimmy Ray Pickens .... driver: cast
JoAnn Wells .... driver
Marti Wells .... transportation captain
Other crew
Sheila Allen .... production accountant
Bobby Bastarache .... production assistant
Charlotte Biggs .... stand-in: China Kantner (as Charlotte Turner)
Mary K. Fanto .... assistant production coordinator
Ann Hardman-Broughton .... stand-in: Shirley McLaine
Brandy Lewis .... assistant: Juliette Lewis
Parker Meyer .... set production assistant
Trudy Ramirez .... script supervisor (as Trudy G. Ramirez)
Kenny Rivenbark .... remote head technician
Pat Becannon Sarver .... key set medic
M. Peter Soikkeli .... title designer
Kelly Stultz .... payroll accountant
Randy Tat .... production staff
Alison Trowe .... stand-in: Ms. Miranda Richardson
Emily Vinas .... production secretary
Kelly Wade .... assistant: Polly Platt
Michael Wolinski .... office production assistant
Mary Anna 'M.A.' Woodbury .... first assistant accountant
Homer Jon Young .... assistant location manager
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Gianluca Nardulli .... press officer: Italy (uncredited)
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexual situations and brief strong language
129 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Norway:7 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Spain:13 | Sweden:7 (video rating) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:15 | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #34750) | USA:R (original rating)

Did You Know?

Final film of Ben Johnson.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Melanie Horton:Oh I thought you sold the Renoir for Teddy's braces? Or then again didn't you sell the Renoir to pay for Tommy's legal defense? The money from that Renoir is like splinters of the true cross, everybody's got a piece!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »
I Ron't Know What Time It WasSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable movie, 26 November 2000
Author: Marie-62 from xxxx

When I saw "Terms of Endearment", it was my understanding before the movie that I would cry my eyes out for days. Well, I didn't. I cried for 6 or 7 minutes. Let me just say that I cried for a lot longer in this movie. For a sequel, it's excellent. It's almost like a story in a story.

In Aurora's later years, when her grandchildren are grown up and she even has a great-grand son (who enjoys singing "For she's a jolly good butt whole which nobody can deny" to Aurora's great annoyance) Aurora is still looking for the love of her life. She's still chasing after men, and finds one at, that, with her counselor/physchiatrist played by Bill Paxton. The romantic scenes between these two are unmissable. But here's where the problems strike the movie. In the first movie, Aurora was a little bit more....well.... unpremiscuous as you could possibly get. Here, she's a little more floozy-ish. Aurora changes from "Terms of Endearment" to this movie. This is still an excellent movie, with an extrememly heart-felt, and sad ending. I loved it! For those who liked "Terms", you'll love "The Evening Star." Shirley MacLaine shines. :)

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