A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her ... See full summary »
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
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During the birthday party for George (William Hurt), when he and Ellen (Renee Zellweger) are avoiding a couple party guests, George says, "Danger, Will Robertson, danger," and Ellen corrects him that it's Robinson, not Robertson. This a reference to "Lost in Space," which William Hurt starred in just before "One True Thing." See more »
In the scene where Ellen is working at midnight and Harold calls, the scene is shown in reverse. The titles on the book spines and the notes on the board are backwards. See more »
It's so much easier to be happy, my love. It's so much easier to choose to love the things that you have, and you have so much, instead of always yearning for what you're missing, or what it is you're imagining you're missing. It's so much more peaceful.
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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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