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Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 9 December 1983 (USA)
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aurora Greenway
... Emma Horton
... Garrett Breedlove
... Vernon Dahlart
... Flap Horton
... Sam Burns
... Patsy Clark
Betty King ... Rosie Dunlop (as Betty R. King)
... Teddy Horton
... Tommy Horton
Shane Serwin ... Younger Tommy Horton
Megan Morris ... Melanie Horton
Tara Yeakey ... Baby Melanie
... Edward Johnson
Jennifer Josey ... Young Emma
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Storyline

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Come to Laugh, Come to Cry, Come to Care, Come to Terms.

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza del cariño  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,498,813, 27 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$108,423,489
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Garrett Breedlove does not appear in the novel, and was written specifically with Burt Reynolds in mind by Writer and Director James L. Brooks. Reynolds loved the script, but was already committed to star in Stroker Ace (1983). Paul Newman and Harrison Ford turned down the role before Jack Nicholson signed on. Nicholson talked with several real astronauts while in Houston, in preparation. See more »

Goofs

When Emma and Patsy are speaking to each other in the hospital and Patsy is applying make-up to Emma's eye, a close-up shows Emma is wearing a lot of concealer under the right eye. Then another close-up and the make up is gone. See more »

Quotes

Garrett Breedlove: Wind in the hair! Lead in the pencil!
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Referenced in Dallas: Terms of Estrangement (1985) See more »

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The Nearness of You
(1938) (uncredited)
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User Reviews

Stop Trying To Pretend Like You Hate Me
6 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I've heard many good things about James L. Brooks's 'Terms of Endearment' and finally I decided to give it ago. Honestly speaking I was expecting a typical melodramatic tearjerker that's sole aim is to emotionally manipulate the viewer. I was wrong. 'Terms of Endearment' is a slice of life that centres around a mother, her daughter and their respective lives. The film looks very authentic. The sets, makeup, costumes and art direction look genuine.

This is very much a character driven film. The dialogues are full of humour and wit but what's also striking is how deeply layered the words are. While the visuals are quite simplistic it's the characters that shine especially through the actors' natural performances. Their excellent non-verbal gestures, spot on line delivery and restrained performances are superb.

A sassy Shirley Maclaine and bubbly Debra Winger are spellbinding. Both actresses beautifully carry the film and they are brilliantly supported by fine actors like Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, John Lithgow and Jeff Daniels.

What particularly appealed to me about 'Terms of Endearment' is the depiction of the mother-daughter relationship and the dynamic of it. It definitely has its ups and downs and it does not involve the use of clichéd lines like 'I love you' etc but at the same time the unconditional love between them is wonderfully conveyed.


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