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One True Thing (1998)

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A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.

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Jordan Belzer
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When a tough New Yorker's mother is stricken with a serious illness, she is forced to quit her job and her relationship with her boyfriend to take care of her, finding out a lot of things she didn't know about her mother and father and her life along the way. Written by L. Lim <penny1@es.co.nz>

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love | new york | cancer | job | professor | See All (39) »

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Love What You Have.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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18 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Cosas que importan  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,606,455 (USA) (18 September 1998)

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$23,209,440 (USA) (13 November 1998)
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger and William Hurt. See more »

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Ellen's nightdress changes between shots when she answers the phone in bed. See more »

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Kate Gulden: Thank you for the world so sweet.Thank you for the food we eat.Thank you for the birds that sing.Thank you, God, for everything.
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References Dragnet (1987) See more »

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Silent Night
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Performed by members of the Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church Choir, Maplewood, New Jersey
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A Sombre Movie With Good Performances
29 July 2009 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The DVD jacket in which this movie came describes it as "uplifting and humorous." Those are not the words I would have chosen - not by a long shot. I would choose a word like "sombre," sometimes even "depressing." Which isn't to say that it's a bad movie. It's actually a pretty good movie, featuring good performances from the leads, with enough uncertainty throughout about what's going to happen at the end that you keep watching. The uncertainty comes from the structure of the movie - it seems to revolve around Ellen's reminiscences of her mother's slow death from cancer, as she is interviewed by the DA. So, we know from the start that something suspicious happened at the end - the questions are "what?" and "who?"

Renee Zellweger was very good as Ellen - the somewhat resentful daughter who has to give up her life and job in New York to return home to care for her sick mother. Ellen evolves through the movie - moreso than any other character - as she learns to deal with both the strengths and weaknesses of her parents. Her relationship with her father (William Hurt) is quite interesting. My initial impression was that they were quite close, but the warts in the relationship start to show after a while. Hurt was effective as the detached husband - detached not in an uncaring way, but in the sense of being unable to cope with what's happening to his wife, and seeking escape from it in various ways. Finally, Meryl Streep as the cancer-stricken Kate was very convincing in the role, seeking to live out what remains of her life in the most fulfilling way possible, then dealing with the anger she feels at her increasing debilitation. In a way, watching a family deal with this kind of crisis reminded me a little bit of "Ordinary People," although this movie was far less emotionally intense. So, not "uplifting and humorous" (with all due respect to whoever wrote the synopsis on the DVD jacket) but very good in its own way. 7/10


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