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Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 9 December 1983 (USA)
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

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Betty King ...
Rosie Dunlop (as Betty R. King)
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Younger Tommy Horton
Megan Morris ...
Melanie Horton
Tara Yeakey ...
Baby Melanie
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Edward Johnson
Jennifer Josey ...
Young Emma
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Storyline

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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Come to Laugh, Come to Cry, Come to Care, Come to Terms.

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Comedy | Drama

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza del cariño  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,498,813 (USA) (27 November 1983)

Gross:

$108,423,489 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A big chunk of the book "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls", which follows the rise and fall of the auteur movement, and the Baby Boom generation in Hollywood in the 1970s, is about Jack Nicholson and his legendary exploits during that period. Nicholson bragged to an interviewer at one point that he put cocaine on his private parts during sex to heighten his own sexual arousal and sensitivity. See more »

Goofs

When Aurora's skirt changes between shots after she comes back from the hospital visiting Emma. As she walks up to the hotel desk, she has one skirt on, but when she walks through the lobby into the pool area, where Tommy and Teddy threaten to get her wet, she has a different skirt on. See more »

Quotes

Aurora Greenway: [to workmen hanging her paintings] Careful there. Those are worth more than you'll ever make in your lifetime.
[everyone stares at her]
Emma Horton: [sighs] I grew up with it my whole life. You can take it for a couple of minutes.
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Connections

Referenced in Biography: Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel the Earth Move
(1971)
Written and Performed Carole King
Published by Colgems-EMI Music, Inc.
Produced by Lou Adler
Courtesy of Ode Records & CBS Records
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Soppy, overrated melodrama that fails to endear itself
16 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Over the years, I have heard stories about how supposedly good this film was but I must say it is one of the most pretentious, overrated and worst movies to win multiple Academy Awards. I wanted to watch this film as my mother and father watched it in the 1980s when it was still relatively fresh and as a chick flick, you can guess my mother loved it and my father hated it. I was incredibly disappointed as there was not one thing redeemable about this film, whether it be the directing, the acting, the script and even the music playing throughout, all of this making the film feel like a made for TV movie or soap opera rather than a feature film. I can't accurately judge other films from this year but it seems like a weak year for films, 1983 and this about tops it. Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger are totally unconvincing as mother and daughter, Jack Nicholson has been in far better form ( A Few Good Men, Batman, The Departed) as a supporting actor in particular, John Lithgow didn't get enough screen time as was the case also with Jeff Daniels. Probably the worst film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and I think I need a few days to recover, not from supposed tears rolling down my cheeks but from the absurdity of a melodramatic pile of bile such as this.


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