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The Evening Star (1996)

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Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Harling

Writers:

Larry McMurtry (novel), Robert Harling (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Aurora Greenway
Bill Paxton ... Jerry Bruckner
Juliette Lewis ... Melanie Horton
Miranda Richardson ... Patsy Carpenter
Ben Johnson ... Arthur Cotton
Scott Wolf ... Bruce
George Newbern ... Tommy Horton
Marion Ross ... Rosie Dunlop
Mackenzie Astin ... Teddy Horton
Donald Moffat ... Hector Scott
Jennifer Grant ... Ellen
China Kantner ... Jane
Jack Nicholson ... Garrett Breedlove
Shawn Taylor Thompson Shawn Taylor Thompson ... Bump
Jake Langerud Jake Langerud ... Henry
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Storyline

Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious granddaughter, and another grandson living just above the poverty line. Written by R. John Berggren <jberg@nina.pagesz.net>

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A story about friends, family and other natural disasters. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexual situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jahre der Zärtlichkeit See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,272,449, 29 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,767,815
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Rysher Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Grant's father, Cary Grant, appeared in Operation Petticoat (1959). Mackenzie Astin's father, John Astin, took over Grant's role in the television series. See more »

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The General sings a song with the lyrics "Goebells has no balls." He correctly pronounces Goebells as "Gerbels," however, for the purposes of the song, it is meant to be pronounced "Go-balls" to rhyme with "no balls." See more »

Quotes

Melanie Horton: I have NO chance of being happy here.
Aurora Greenway: Why not?
Melanie Horton: You spray this house with happiness repellant!
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Near the end of the credits under `thanks to:' under State of Texas Dept. of Transportation, it says: "Don't Mess With Texas: Don't Litter" See more »

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References Webster (1983) See more »

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Ghost Town
Written by Rick Nielsen and Diane Warren
Performed by Cheap Trick
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A very enthusiastic two thumbs-up!
27 December 2000 | by defazio76See all my reviews

First of all, after having read some of the other comments on this movie, let me say one thing before anything else. When Terms of Endearment ended, I believe it was supposed to be around 1973, not 1983/Present day like someone else stated. Because of that, Melanie's age was accurate. Second of all, I saw The Evening Star before I even saw Terms of Endearment because I'm only 14 years old and was not alive yet to have seen it in the theatres and at the time Evening Star came out, had not even heard of Terms. I saw the Evening Star, absolutely LOVED it, memorized every line, and have seen it 83 times and counting. In response to another user comment, such "hokey" lines like Teddy's to Melanie, "I remember hugs, lots of hugs, mom was big on hugs", are not "hokey" at all! Lines like those really stir up the past accurately. He is describing his mother basically, and the character of Emma was a very warm, loving person who cared for her kids more than anyone else in the world. "I guess she just wanted to hold on to us for as long as she could" follows that. Not hokey - Touching. Anyone who would think that is "hokey" probably thinks that the Jerry Springer show is a touching, good family kind of program. Overall, the movie was one of the best I've ever seen and equally matches Terms of Endearment. One of the best sequels of our time! Shirley MacLaine played Aurora beautifully as she did the first time around, Marion Ross did a fabulous job as Rosie and really brought her character to life. Remember, in Terms of Endearment, Rosie had only a few lines. She was played by another woman and was in no way a main character. Marion Ross had to create that character all on her own and did a fabulous job. Miranda Richardson as well, Juliette Lewis, Mackenzie Astin, everybody. I think they all did a fantastic job. Jack Nicholson was a small part in the movie, yes, but the beach scene is what really brings it all to life. I love that movie just as much now as I did the first time I saw it.


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