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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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Drama

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza del cariño  »

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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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While traveling in the car in Texas, the background shows warehouses from "Miller & Paine", a department store that didn't exist in Texas (but did in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the scene was filmed). See more »

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Patsy Clark: You're my touchstone, Emma!
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Stella by Starlight
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Another near perfect blending of the smile and the tear...
24 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT is an undeniably gripping and emotional film experience that will have you rolling on the floor during one scene and weeping uncontrollably during the next. This film follows the complicated relationship between an icy, Texan widow named Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine)and her slightly-off-the-wall daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), who at the beginning of the film is marrying a man named Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels), whom her mother clearly hates, seemingly just to get away from her. The film follows Emma's marriage through three children, infidelity, and unexpected tragedy but it never lets go of the unspoken bond between Aurora and Emma...a bond so strong that it transcends telephone lines, geography, and even dialogue at times...there are moments in the story where you see Aurora and Emma communicate without saying a word to each other. Writer-director James L. Brooks won a pair of Oscars for writing and directing this funny and heartbreaking story that stretches over a long period of time but never fails to hold interest and trust me, the last 20-30 minutes of this film will have you weeping. Shirley MacLaine finally won her long-overdue Best Actress Oscar for her controlled performance as Aurora and Jack Nicholson won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as a retired astronaut who moves in next door to Aurora after Emma moves out and begins a hilarious and touching relationship with Aurora. Debra Winger is explosive and unpredictable as Emma and Jeff Daniels is fully invested in the unsympathetic role of Flap. A truly unique motion picture experience that will leave you limp.


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