Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. Written by
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This is the second Best Picture Oscar winner that Jack Nicholson has starred in. The first one was One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975); for which he also won the Best Actor in a leading role award. It's also the second time he co-starred with Danny DeVito; DeVito co-starred in Cuckoo's Nest. This is the second time Shirley Maclaine has starred in the Best Picture Oscar as well. She starred with David Niven in 1956's Best Picture Oscar Winner Around the World in 80 Days and opposite Jack Lemmon in The Apartment (1960). Nicholson would star in another Best Picture Oscar winner after this as well; Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006). See more »
When Emma and Patsy are talking outside after the lunch in New York with Patsy's friends, the clouds shrouding the World Trade Center towers in the background change between shots. See more »
What can I say about this film other than it is, in my opinion flawless. Every performance, every character, every scene... Debra Winger should have shared the Oscar with Shirley MacLaine. Few movies can make you laugh and cry OVER and OVER again, but this one does it for me. Even when I catch a scene on cable, I find myself drawn in emotionally and grabbing for my box of tissues. The mother-daughter relationship is so true-to-life and the chemistry between Debra and Shirley and Shirley and Jack is palpable. It is one of the greatest films ever made and should be required viewing for all mothers and daughters. This is an AMAZING and moving film!
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