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One True Thing (1998)

A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.

Director:

Carl Franklin

Writers:

Anna Quindlen (novel), Karen Croner (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Kate Gulden
Renée Zellweger ... Ellen Gulden
William Hurt ... George Gulden
Tom Everett Scott ... Brian Gulden
Lauren Graham ... Jules
Nicky Katt ... Jordan Belzer
James Eckhouse ... District Attorney
Patrick Breen ... G.A. Tweedy
Gerrit Graham ... Oliver Most
David Byron David Byron ... Senator Sullivan
Stephen Peabody ... Harold
Lizbeth MacKay ... Dr. Cohen
Mary Catherine Wright Mary Catherine Wright ... Clarice
Sloane Shelton Sloane Shelton ... Evelyn Best
Michele Shay Michele Shay ... June
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When a tough New Yorker's mother is stricken with a serious illness, she is forced to quit her job and her relationship with her boyfriend to take care of her, finding out a lot of things she didn't know about her mother and father and her life along the way. Written by L. Lim <penny1@es.co.nz>

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Love What You Have.

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Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosas que importan See more »

Filming Locations:

Morristown, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,606,455, 20 September 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,245,840
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger and William Hurt. See more »

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In one of the first flashback scenes, the Gulden family is driving in their car with the transmission lever plainly in the "Park" position. See more »

Quotes

George Gulden: It's only in going uphill that you realize you're headed downhill.
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Paraiso de dulzura
Written by Hector Lavoe
Performed by Hector Lavoe
Courtesy of Fania Records Sonido, Inc.
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A well-acted, non-schmaltzy drama
17 August 2001 | by GMJamesSee all my reviews

What impressed me the most about "One True Thing" was how up-front it was when the daughter mentions her mother's cancer at the beginning of the movie. As depressing the subject matter was, it was a refreshing change of pace instead of being blindsided with the revelation about a character's fatal illness 2/3 into the movie ("Love Story" "Terms of Endearment", etc.).

Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger and William Hurt give very strong performances that don't go over the edge. The characters they play seem human; they're not perfect people. (Arguably, one might not say that about the "Martha Stewart"-type character Streep plays but throughout the film, I found her character to be noble in a non-sappy way. She's dealing with her plight the best way she knows how.)

"One True Thing" is an observant, unsentimental family drama in which the tears at the end were well-earned.


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