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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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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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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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Meryl Streep called Bette Midler to use her songs in the movie and Bette Midler said of course. See more »

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In some birthday-party scenes, daylight is visible through some windows, and lighting on the staircase suggests daylight, although the action is supposed to be at night, and other windows show darkness outdoors. See more »

Quotes

Kate Gulden: [dressed as Dorothy] Welcome! There's no place like home!
Ellen Gulden: [silently, to herself] Thank God.
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Features To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) See more »

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Do You Want To Dance
By Bobby Freeman
Performed by Bette Midler
Courtesy by Atlantic Recording Corp.
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Less is more
18 March 2004 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

As William Hurt also said in The Accidental Tourist, "Less..is invariably more". I guess many of us do live in denial, trying to slip through life as if certain things weren't happening. It is true that rude awakenings sometimes are the only ways for some of us to open our eyes and smell the coffee.

William Hurt executed the egotistic father's role like no one ever has before. He is gifted at portraying the role of the "blind" husband. I guess if Kathleen Turner had played the wife's part in this movie he would have had a much harder time. I believe the three of them (Hurt, Streep and Zellweger) portrayed a real family story, something far from the typical Hollywood drama. They were able to show the strong and weak sides of being human and bearing family responsibilities. Very beautiful movie, very descriptive with several not-so-long scenes. Indeed, sometimes less..is invariably more.


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