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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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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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Production Designer Polly Platt was Peter Bogdonovich's wife. Her love triangle situation with Bogdonovich and Cybill Shepherd during this whole period was described in detail in the book "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls", and also fictionalized in Irreconcilable Differences (1984) with Shelley Long, Drew Barrymore, Ryan O'Neal, and Sharon Stone. See more »

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When Emma and Patsy are talking outside after the lunch in New York with Patsy's friends, the clouds shrouding the World Trade Center towers in the background change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Aurora Greenway: How are you? It's not my fault, but I'm sorry.
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Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
(1918)
By Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis), Joe Young, and Jean Schwartz
Performed by Judy Garland
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Quite good, but overrated
24 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

After looking forward to seeing this film for many years, I finally have watched it, and was left a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good movie, but I expected so very much more. I found the plot to be rather thin for a movie this long, and after some thought, I'd have to say that the script was average at best. With a weaker cast, I suspect that I wouldn't have even liked it. Fortunately, this film is blessed with a spectacular cast, and this film deservedly received Oscar recognition in the acting categories. It just didn't deserve the best picture Oscar that it also won.


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