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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Brian Gulden
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Jules
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Jordan Belzer
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District Attorney
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Harold
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Clarice
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Evelyn Best
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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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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

Quotes

Kate Gulden: It's so much easier to be happy, my love. It's so much easier to choose to love the things that you have, and you have so much, instead of always yearning for what you're missing, or what it is you're imagining you're missing. It's so much more peaceful.
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Referenced in Zilch (2002) 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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True Thing is True to Life
10 November 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

It's not surprising that the majority of higher-rated votes were submitted by females aged 45+. This is the timeframe in women's lives when they become the caretakers of aged and ill parents. I lost my mother, from complications of cancer, in June, and went through most of the same emotions portrayed by Zellweger in this film. Yes, it made me cry, but the tears were real, the characters were real, and the plot development extremely accurate. Kudos to the entire cast and crew for a wonderful portrayal of life and death, and the promises of tomorrow.


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