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One True Thing (1998)

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

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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 What You Have.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Cosas que importan  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$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 the scene where Ellen is working at midnight and Harold calls, the scene is shown in reverse. The titles on the book spines and the notes on the board are backwards. 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 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Paraiso de dulzura
Written by Hector Lavoe
Performed by Hector Lavoe
Courtesy of Fania Records Sonido, Inc.
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A well-acted, non-schmaltzy drama
17 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What impressed me the most about "One True Thing" was how up-front it was when the daughter mentions her mother's cancer at the beginning of the movie. As depressing the subject matter was, it was a refreshing change of pace instead of being blindsided with the revelation about a character's fatal illness 2/3 into the movie ("Love Story" "Terms of Endearment", etc.).

Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger and William Hurt give very strong performances that don't go over the edge. The characters they play seem human; they're not perfect people. (Arguably, one might not say that about the "Martha Stewart"-type character Streep plays but throughout the film, I found her character to be noble in a non-sappy way. She's dealing with her plight the best way she knows how.)

"One True Thing" is an observant, unsentimental family drama in which the tears at the end were well-earned.


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