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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.

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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 | new york | cancer | job | woman | See All (41) »

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Love What You Have.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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18 September 1998 (USA)  »

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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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Meryl Streep called Bette Midler to use her songs in the movie and Bette Midler said of course. See more »

Goofs

In some birthday-party scenes, daylight is visible through some windows, and lighting on the staircase suggests daylight, although the action is supposed to be at night, and other windows show darkness outdoors. See more »

Quotes

George Gulden: It's only in going uphill that you realize you're headed downhill.
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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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If I Only Had A Brain Heart and Nerve
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen
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A Heartfelt, Moving, Story
10 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

One True Thing is an beautifully made film with an established cast. Renee Zellweger plays the journalist daughter of Meryl Streep and William Hurt, who also put in excellent performances.

Zellweger shines in the emotional movie as she discovers her childhood memories of her parents are not what she thinks they are. Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls also has a part in this movie as Ellen's (Zellweger) friend Jules, although this is a bit part, she truly adds to the storyline.

A moving and beautiful story, I recommend it. 8/10 Stars


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