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One True Thing ()


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

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Kate Gulden
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Ellen Gulden
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George Gulden
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Brian Gulden
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Jules
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Jordan Belzer
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District Attorney
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G.A. Tweedy
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Oliver Most
David Byron ...
Senator Sullivan
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Harold
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Dr. Cohen
Mary Catherine Wright ...
Clarice
Sloane Shelton ...
Evelyn Best
Michele Shay ...
June
Bobo Lewis ...
Muriel
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Louisa
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Marcia
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Diana
John Deyle ...
Santa / Mayor
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Ellen - Age 8
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Brian - Age 4
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Casey
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Nurse Teresa (as Anna Alvim)
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Hospital Nurse
Susan Stout ...
Tweedy's Secretary
Greg Hedtke ...
Magazine Executive
Christian James ...
Magazine Executive
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Halloween Girl
Ashley Remy ...
Halloween Girl
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Graduate Student (as Saul Stacey Williams)
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College Student
Amber Kain ...
College Student
Yolande Bavan ...
Nari
Benjamin Andrews ...
Party Kid
Kathryn Walsh ...
Party Kid
James E. Graseck ...
Violinist
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Club Bandleader
Kirk Driscoll ...
Club Band Member
Paul Pimsler ...
Club Band Member
Scott Spray ...
Club Band Member
Jay Stollman ...
Club Band Member
Cathy Comiskey ...
Christmas Choir Member
Ruth Egner ...
Christmas Choir Member
Phil Gamble ...
Christmas Choir Member
David Hutchings ...
Christmas Choir Member
Linda Hutchings ...
Christmas Choir Member
Wilbur Lewis ...
Christmas Choir Member
Rich Morin ...
Christmas Choir Member
Annette Mulholland ...
Christmas Choir Member
Rosemary Palmer ...
Christmas Choir Member
Gina Piccolo ...
Christmas Choir Member
Rebecca Raines ...
Christmas Choir Member
Barbara Russell ...
Christmas Choir Member
Joanna Hoty Russell ...
Christmas Choir Member
Barbara Savino ...
Christmas Choir Member
Normana Schaaf ...
Christmas Choir Member
Paul Schroeder ...
Christmas Choir Member
Mary G. Sims ...
Christmas Choir Member
Wolodymyr Smishkewych ...
Christmas Choir Member
Chris Sterling ...
Christmas Choir Member
Nancy Tkacs ...
Christmas Choir Member
Peter Zimmerman ...
Christmas Choir Member (as Peter Zimmermann)
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Princeton Student (uncredited)
Rachael Cohen ...
Girl Singing Carol (uncredited)
Bill Cook ...
Man on Escalator Next to Ellen Gulden (uncredited)
Michelle Crowe-Paz ...
College Student (uncredited)
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Teacher (uncredited)
David Heymann ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Jon McAllister ...
Business Man (uncredited)
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Passenger Getting on Bus (uncredited)
Frank Anthony Polito ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Soccer Player (uncredited)
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Neighbor (uncredited)
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Student Teacher (uncredited)
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School Teacher (uncredited)
Bill J. Vlasnic ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
Heather Whittington ...
Businesswoman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Carl Franklin

Written by

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Anna Quindlen ... (novel)
 
Karen Croner ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jesse Beaton ... producer
Leslie Morgan ... executive producer
Harry J. Ufland ... producer
William W. Wilson III ... executive producer

Music by

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Cliff Eidelman

Cinematography by

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Declan Quinn

Film Editing by

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Carole Kravetz Aykanian ... (as Carole Kravetz)

Editorial Department

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Marcus Franklin ... post-production assistant
Moonstar Greene ... first assistant film editor
Phil Hetos ... color timer
Anthony L. Jamison ... assistant editor: New York (as Anthony Jamison)
Vincent Mourou ... apprentice editor
David Rogow ... first assistant editor: avid

Casting By

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Richard Pagano

Production Design by

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Paul Peters

Art Direction by

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Jefferson Sage

Set Decoration by

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Elaine O'Donnell
Leslie Pope ... (as Leslie A. Pope)

Costume Design by

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Donna Zakowska

Makeup Department

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Colleen Callaghan ... key hair stylist
Kymbra Callaghan ... assistant makeup artist
Toni Coburn ... additional hair stylist
Joseph Farulla ... additional makeup artist
Gloria Grant ... additional makeup artist
Gudrun Halt ... additional hair stylist
J. Roy Helland ... hair stylist: Ms. Streep / makeup artist: Ms. Streep
Sharon Ilson ... key makeup artist
Jackie Payne ... additional hair stylist
James Post ... assistant hair stylist
Karen Reuter Fabbo ... additional makeup artist
Linda Grimes ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Rosanne Puchal ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Taurance F. Williams ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Carl Clifford ... unit production manager
Michele Giordano ... production supervisor
Tim Pedegana ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alexandra K. Browne ... trainee assistant director (as Alexandra Kipani Browne)
Terry Ham ... second second assistant director
Sam Hoffman ... first assistant director
Dale M. Nielsen ... second assistant director (as Dale Pierce Nielsen)
Jono Oliver ... first assistant director: second unit / second assistant director
William W. Wilson III ... second unit director
Linda Brachman ... first assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Shea Rowan ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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James J. Archer ... assistant property master (as James Archer)
Martin Bernstein ... construction coordinator
Anne Carroll ... shop production assistant
Michael Curry Sr. ... construction foreman (as Michael Curry)
Ellen Doak ... scenic artist
Richard Bryan Douglas ... carpenter
Warren Drummond ... storyboard artist
Joan Finley ... props: second unit
Ralph Fratianni ... construction grip foreman
Steve Fratianni ... construction grip
Jim Galvin ... shop electrician
John D. Genovese ... art department production assistant
Nancy Griffith ... assistant property master
Bruce Lee Gross ... lead man
Denise Gurkas ... camera scenic artist
Gregory A. Jennings ... art department coordinator
Richard S. Kamin ... carpenter
Philip Kennedy ... scenic artist (as Phil Kennedy)
Clifford Klatt ... set dresser
Robert H. Klatt ... set dresser (as Robert Klatt)
Robin Koenig ... set dresser
Melanie Lynch ... art department production assistant
Christine Mayer ... assistant set decorator
Jeffrey D. McDonald ... assistant art director (as Jeffrey McDonald)
Darius Menard ... scenic artist
Kay Michaels ... art department researcher assistant
Scott P. Murphy ... assistant art director
Dennis Murray ... set dresser
William V. Nesherbon ... set dressing production assistant
Mark Nissenholtz ... scenic artist
Arne Olsen ... key construction grip
Ellen Oshins ... scenic artist
Mark Peltzer ... property master
Jim Power ... set dresser
Pamela Roy-Stasney ... assistant set decorator (as Pam Roy)
Francesco Sciarrone ... scenic artist (as Frank Sciarrone)
Lee Suta ... scenic artist
Bruce Swanson ... set dresser
Robert Vaccariello ... carpenter
Amy Walker ... scenic shop person
Patricia Walker ... scenic charge
Ben White ... carpenter
Kate Yatsko ... assistant set decorator
Denis Zack ... set dresser
Ryan Cassidy ... set dresser (uncredited)
Clarissa Shanahan ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Randle Akerson ... supervising sound editor
Andrew Bock ... assistant sound editor (as Andrew L. Bock)
Richard Burton ... sound editor
Allan Byer ... production sound mixer
Simon Coke ... sound editor
Gary Gegan ... re-recording mixer
Nerses Gezalyan ... foley mixer
Don Givens ... sound recordist
Kimberly Harris ... adr supervisor (as Kimberly Ann Harris)
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Matthew Iadarola ... supervising re-recording mixer
Robin Johnston ... sound recordist
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Kim Maitland ... sound recordist
Karen Minahan ... assistant sound editor
Bob Newlan ... foley supervisor
Thomas J. O'Connell ... adr mixer
Brian Ruberg ... adr mixer
Nico Salvato ... adr assistant (as Monique Salvato)
Micah Solomon ... boom operator
Scott A. Tinsley ... sound editor
Hugo Weng ... sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist

Special Effects by

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James R. Bilz ... special effects
J.C. Brotherhood ... special effects foreman
Carmen M. Campolo Jr. ... special effects (as Carmen Campolo)
Steven Kirshoff ... special effects coordinator
Wayne Miller ... special effects
Matthew W. Mungle ... special effects makeup (as Matthew Mungle)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Samuel S. Arcure ... generator operator
Tony Arnaud ... grip
Daniel Beaman ... key grip: second unit (as Dan Beaman) / rigging grip (as Dan Beaman)
James R. Belletier ... first assistant camera: second unit (as Jim Belletier)
Jason Boughton ... first assistant camera: second unit (as J. Boughton)
Paul Candrilli ... grip: second unit
Andrew Casey ... Steadicam operator / director of photography: second unit
Eugene C. DePasquale ... grip (as Eugene DePasquale III)
Christopher Dolan ... electrician
Richard Dolan ... rigging gaffer
Andrew J. Farley ... grip (as Andrew Farley)
Ken Ferris ... camera operator
Richie Ford ... electrician (as Richard Ford)
Thomas Ford ... best boy (as Tom Ford)
Dennis Green ... 24 frame video operator
Mai Iskander ... camera loader / second assistant camera: second unit
Gábor Kövér ... director of photography: second unit
Jason Lanci ... electrician
John R. MacDonald ... second assistant camera: second unit (as John MacDonald)
Todd MacNicholl ... key grip: second unit
Edgar Martin ... grip
Frances 'Buddy' McBride ... electrician (as Buddy McBride)
Jim McCullagh ... electrician (as James McCullagh)
Robert Merk ... gaffer: second unit (as Rob Merk) / generator operator
John Mitchell ... electrician
Paul Nickason ... dolly grip
David Noble ... best boy
Jim Nolan ... grip: second unit
Christopher Norr ... director of photography: second unit (as Chris Norr)
Heather Norton ... second assistant camera
Eli Reed ... still photographer
Nat Russell ... key grip: second unit
Joseph Sciretta ... electrician (as Joe Sciretta)
Robert Sciretta ... gaffer
Kevin Smyth ... key grip
Susan Starr ... first assistant camera: second unit
Adam Sternin ... camera production assistant
Eric Swanek ... first assistant camera
Ken Tanzer ... grip
Joseph Trammell ... 24 frame video operator
Rosie Vanek ... grip
Deborah Brozina ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jason A. Micallef ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia ... grip (uncredited)
Eric Swanek ... steadicam assistant (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Eyde Belasco ... casting associate
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Anna Liza Recto ... casting associate: New York
Grant Wilfley ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Amy Andrews ... costume supervisor
Jeanne DuPont ... assistant costume designer
Frank L. Fleming ... assistant costume designer
Sheila Grover ... costume supervisor (as Sheila Gentile)
Virginia D. Patton ... costume supervisor (as Ginnie Patton)
Gillian Martin Waterman ... wardrobe production assistant (as Gillian Waterman)

Location Management

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Jack Bavaro ... location assistant
Zoran Blazevic ... location assistant
Mark Bodnar ... location scout
Daniel Coss ... assistant location manager (as Danny Coss)
Laura Franses ... location assistant
Stefan Gesek ... location assistant
Maureen McComsey ... location assistant
Heidi Topper ... location manager
Christine Welker ... location coordinator

Music Department

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Bruce Botnick ... music mixer / music recordist
Julian Bratolyubov ... music preparation
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Cliff Eidelman ... conductor / orchestrator
Alex Gibson ... supervising music editor
Darrell Hall ... music editor
Dan Lieberstein ... music supervisor: New York / supervising music recordist: New York
Patrick Russ ... orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Sean M. Hickey ... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Ernie Acquavella ... driver
Joe Amoruso ... driver
David Babcock ... driver (as Dave Babcock)
Ed Battista ... driver
Thomas H. Beattie ... driver (as Tom Beattie)
Ed Bentz ... driver
Patrick Bentz ... transportation co-captain
Henry Boyle ... driver
John Carroll ... driver
Jerry Carter ... driver
David Chacon ... driver
Robert Collins ... driver (as Bob Collins)
Steven Curtis ... driver (as Steve Curtis)
John Featherstone ... driver
Joe Flynn ... driver
Roy A. Grace ... driver (as Roy Grace)
Albert W. Hamilton Sr. ... driver
Kevin Harrigan ... driver
Steve Hollingsworth ... driver
John Hunt ... driver
Michael Iriarte ... driver
Jim Jelardi ... driver
Joseph W. Kelly ... driver (as Joe Kelly)
Bernie Martin ... driver
Charlie Murphy ... driver
George Nadramia Jr. ... driver
Kevin O'Neill ... driver
Joe Parvis ... driver
Frank Perrotti ... driver
Joe Quigley ... driver
Frank Riva ... driver
Caesar Rivera ... driver
Scott Ross ... driver
Dennis Salomone Sr. ... transportation captain (as Dennis Salomone)
Larry Sinclair ... driver
Charles Spillane ... driver (as Charlie Spillane)
Barry Sweeney ... driver
James Sweeney ... driver (as Jim Sweeney)
Francis Volpe ... driver

Other crew

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Erica Bamforth ... set production assistant
Craig Bankey ... publicist
Maureen Beitler ... set medic
Lisa Bergen ... production intern
Lynne Bergen ... production intern
J.P. Blonshine ... craft service
Joe Buda ... payroll accountant (as Joe Buda)
Robert Dawson ... title designer: main titles
Peter J. Dowd Jr. ... set production assistant (as Peter Dowd)
Ted Duncan ... stand-in
Alyson Evans ... assistant production coordinator
Robert Fajardo ... assistant: Mr. Ufland
James French ... set production assistant
Marie Gabriel ... stand-in
John Gaskin ... production accountant
Mike Gonzales ... caterer
Remi Guyton ... assistant: Mr. Flanklin & Mr. Beaton
Meredith Hant ... assistant: Mrs. Streep
Donna D. Hernandez ... craft service (as Donna Hernandez)
Ryan Hintz ... post-production auditor
Tina Hong ... assistant accountant
Stuart Kelly ... set production assistant
Brendan C. Kennedy ... office production assistant: as Brendan Kennedy
Steiner C. Kierce ... office production assistant
Leslie Martino ... tutor
Brita McVeigh ... production secretary
Jerry Mitchell ... choreographer
Jason Ninness ... assistant: Mr. Wilson
Pepper O'Brien ... assistant accountant
Mobolaji Olambiwonnu ... set production assistant
Katie Petrosky ... assistant: Mr. Hurt
Michael A. Pinckney ... set production assistant (as Michael Pinckney)
Carole Leigh Podell ... stand-in
Bill Purple ... set production assistant (as William Purple)
Gregory L. Qualles ... set production assistant
Rudy Segna ... technical advisor
Paige Stewart ... craft service
Lorne Volat ... assistant: Ms. Morgan
Annie Welles ... script supervisor
Ashley Edner ... adr artist (uncredited)
Julie Janney ... stand-in (uncredited)
Mandy Key ... production assistant (uncredited)
Abbie Ludwig ... production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose ... adr loop group (uncredited)

Thanks

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Dan Genetti ... special thanks
Kevin Reidy ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot 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 L. Lim

Plot Keywords
Taglines Love What You Have. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Contre-jour (France)
  • Familiensache (Germany)
  • Cosas que importan (Spain)
  • Κάτι αληθινό (Greece)
  • Cosas que importan (Peru)
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Runtime
  • 127 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,606,455, 20 Sep 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in One True Thing/Rush Hour/A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries/Permanent Midnight/Touch of Evil/Chicago Cab (1998). See more »
Soundtracks My One True Friend See more »
Quotes Kate Gulden: 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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