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Terms of Endearment ()


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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

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  • Won 5 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 18 nominations.
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Aurora Greenway
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Emma Horton
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Garrett Breedlove
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Vernon Dahlart
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Flap Horton
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Sam Burns
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Patsy Clark
Betty King ...
Rosie Dunlop (as Betty R. King)
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Teddy Horton
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Tommy Horton
Shane Serwin ...
Younger Tommy Horton
Megan Morris ...
Melanie Horton
Tara Yeakey ...
Baby Melanie
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Edward Johnson
Jennifer Josey ...
Young Emma
Kate Charleson ...
Janice
Tom Wees ...
Dr. Budge
Paul Menzel ...
Dr. Maise
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Doctor
Amanda Watkins ...
Meg
Buddy Gilbert ...
Dr. Ratcher
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Phil
Shelley K. Nielsen ...
Nurse (as Shelley K. Nielsen R.N.)
Bette Croissant ...
Nurse
Charles Beall ...
Rudyard's Employer
Lelise Folse ...
Doris
Sharisse Baker-Bernard ...
Lee Anne (as Sharisse Baker)
Judy Dickerson ...
Checkout Girl (as Judith A. Dickerson)
Devon O'Brien ...
Lizbeth
Dana Vance ...
Victoria
Alexandra O'Karma ...
Jane
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Woman at Party (as Nancy E. Mette)
Holly Holmberg Brooks ...
T.J. (as Holly Beth Holmberg)
Lear Levin ...
Jack Stern
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Rudyard (voice) (as A. Brooks)
Lanier Whilden ...
Patsy's Mother
Helen Stauffer ...
Flap's Secretary
Barbara Balik ...
Woman
Michelle Watkins ...
Woman
John C. Conger ...
Moving Man
Sandra Newkirk ...
Mrs. Johnson
Elaine McGown ...
Elaine McGown
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Doris (voice)
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College Student (uncredited)
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Hospital Patient (uncredited)

Directed by

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James L. Brooks

Written by

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Larry McMurtry ... (based on the novel by)
 
James L. Brooks ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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James L. Brooks ... producer
Penney Finkelman Cox ... co-producer (as Penney Finkelman)
Martin Jurow ... co-producer

Music by

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Michael Gore ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Andrzej Bartkowiak ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard Marks

Editorial Department

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Albert Coleman ... assistant editor
Jeff Freeman ... assistant editor
Jane Schwartz Jaffe ... first assistant editor
Lawrence Jordan ... apprentice editor (as Larry Fallick)
Lee Rasson ... apprentice editor
Sidney Wolinsky ... additional film editor

Casting By

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Ellen Chenoweth
Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Polly Platt

Art Direction by

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Harold Michelson

Set Decoration by

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Anthony Mondell ... (set decorations)
Tom Pedigo ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Kristi Zea

Makeup Department

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Gerry Leetch ... hair stylist (as Gerry Becker Leetch)
Ben Nye Jr. ... makeup
Kaye Pownall ... hair stylist
Bron Roylance ... makeup artist
Julie C. Steffes ... body makeup

Production Management

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Austen Jewell ... unit production manager
Ira Marvin ... unit production supervisor: New York

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marty P. Ewing ... second assistant director
Joel Segal ... dga trainee (as Joel B. Segal)
Albert M. Shapiro ... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)

Art Department

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Terry E. Lewis ... property master
David Q. Quick ... assistant props
John J. Rutchland Jr. ... construction coordinator (as John J. Rutchland)
Sandy Veneziano ... set designer
Richard A. Villalobos ... leadman
Thomas J. Wright ... storyboard illustrator (as Thomas Wright)

Sound Department

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James R. Alexander ... sound mixer (as James Alexander)
Terry Lynn Allen ... sound editor
Cheryl Bloch ... sound assistant
Irene Bowers ... sound assistant
Norval D. Crutcher ... supervising sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher ... sound editor
Joanne D'Antonio ... sound editor
Bruce Fortune ... sound assistant (as Bruce D. Fortune)
Cecelia Hall ... sound editor
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer
Barbara Fallick Marks ... dialogue looping editor
Donald O. Mitchell ... re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
Andrew Patterson ... sound editor
Jerry Rosenthal ... sound editor
James Sabat ... sound mixer: New York
Larry Singer ... dialogue looping editor
Stephen Stalheim ... sound apprentice (as Stephen M. Stalheim)
George Watters II ... sound editor
Greg Agalsoff ... boom operator (uncredited)
Greg Orloff ... foley recordist (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)
Joan Rowe ... foley artist (uncredited)
Mark Server ... boom operator (uncredited)
Clive Taylor ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jeannie Epper ... stunts
Alan Gibbs ... stunts (as Alan R. Gibbs) / stunt double: Jack Nicholson (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dustin Blauvelt ... first assistant camera
William E. Fitch ... Rigging Grip
Maggie Fox ... second assistant camera
Steven Hiller ... second assistant camera (as Steve Hiller)
Billy Miller ... key grip
Dick Mingalone ... camera operator: New York
Don Reddy ... camera operator
Zade Rosenthal ... still photographer
Dusty Wallace ... gaffer
Doug Willis ... dolly grip (as Douglas Willis)
Craig DiBona ... camera operator b (uncredited)
Jack E. McLean Jr. ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jackie Beavers ... location casting: Nebraska
Sylvia Fay ... casting: bits and extras, New York
Paula Herold ... casting associate
Liz Keigley ... location casting: Texas, Doster-Keigley and Rhodes
Shari Rhodes ... location casting: Texas, Doster-Keigley and Rhodes

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tony Faso ... costumer: men's (as Anthony J. Faso)
Oda Groeschel ... costumer: women's
Jennifer L. Parsons ... costumer: women's
Mark Burchard ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Brian Brosnan ... location manager: Nebraska
Sandra Rabins ... location auditor
Susan Vogelfang ... location manager: Texas

Music Department

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Bob Badami ... music editor (as Robert Badami)
Richard Hazard ... conductor / orchestrator
Dan Wallin ... music recording mixer

Transportation Department

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Michael McDuffee ... transportation coordinator
Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
Dan Marrow ... transportation captain (uncredited)
Marti Wells ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Kimberly Allen ... support personnel
Lea Andrews ... secretary: Austen Jewell
David Davis ... special advisor
Rosemary Dorsey ... script supervisor
Barbara Duncan ... assistant: James L. Brooks
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title design
Harold Fowler ... first aid
Paul Germain ... support personnel
Mark Gutierrez ... support personnel
Mark Harrah ... technical advisor
Meta Rebner ... script supervisor (as Meta D. Wilde)
Anne Thompson ... unit publicist
Ron Mitchell ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Sheila Exstrom ... the producers would like to thank: for his contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment" (as Sheila Exstrom R.N. C.N.A.A.)
Timothy S. Gee ... the producers would like to thank: for his contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment" (as Timothy S. Gee M.D.)
Holly Holmberg Brooks ... special thanks (as Holly Brooks)
Richard Sakai ... the producers would like to thank: for his contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment"
Guy Serwin ... the producers would like to thank: for his contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment" (as Mr. Guy Serwin)
Mrs. Guy Serwin ... the producers would like to thank: for her contributions to the making of "Terms of Endearment"
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Come to Laugh, Come to Cry, Come to Care, Come to Terms. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Tendres passions (France)
  • Zeit der Zärtlichkeit (Germany)
  • La fuerza del cariño (Spain)
  • Ömhetsbevis (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Czule slówka (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 132 min
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Box Office

Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,498,813, 27 Nov 1983
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $55,800,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Debra Winger behaved erratically on the set of this film because she was trying to get over a severe cocaine addiction. At one point, she and Shirley MacLaine got into a shoving match. See more »
Goofs When Emma and her children visit Aurora after Emma leaves Flap, there are cars on either side of the street. A few seconds later, the cars are gone and the street is empty. Another few seconds later, the cars are back. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Best of 1983 (1983). See more »
Soundtracks Anything Goes See more »
Quotes Aurora Greenway: It's past ten. My daughter is in pain. I don't understand why she has to have this pain. All she has to do is hold out until ten, and IT'S PAST TEN! My daughter is in pain, can't you understand that! GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE SHOT!
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