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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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 »
[Arriving back from their first date]
Would you like to come in?
I'd rather stick needles in my eyes.
Everything would have been just fine, you know, if you hadn't gotten drunk. I was... I... I just didn't want you to think I was like one of your other girls.
Not much danger in that unless you curtsy on my face real soon.
Garrett! What is it that makes you so insistent on shocking and insulting me? I mean, I really hate that way of talking. You must know this. Why do you do it?
I'll tell you, ...
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Terms of Endearment stands the test of time. This film was released in
1983 and is defiantly a classic. Shirley MacLaine as Aurora Greenway
and Debra Winger as Emma Horton are two of the best actresses of this
generation. Not to mention, Jack Nicholson as the "Astronaut" Garrett
Breedlove, his characters are always memorable no matter how big or
small his role in a film.
This film is about the lifelong relationship between a daughter, Emma,
her slightly neurotic mother, Aurora and the men in their lives. From
the beginning of the film you see Aurora's dependence on Emma, even
though Aurora is slightly cold towards her at first. You also see that
Emma, as a daughter, doesn't care, she loves her mother unconditionally
for who she is, as a child does. The film goes on to tell a realistic
tale about how life is funny, exciting, disappointing and just plain
Very few films have the ability to tell such a heart warming yet heart
wrenching tale so realistically. The director's focus in this film is
on the emotional effect, he wants to make you feel as if you are living
life with these women. The use of natural lighting and the use of a
subjective view point keep you sitting next to these woman as they
experience dating "the astronaut" and having children with a spouse who
is not always there for you.
I have to say my favorite part of the film was being transported back
in time to the place where I grew up. A place of Laura Ashley furniture
and phones that had a cords. The setting to this movie was so authentic
that it made me wish for a simpler time before all the technology came
along and children used to play outside. You really do feel that you
are widowed housewife in Texas, trying to figure out that "astronaut"
next door and what you may want from him. Maybe you're also the mother
of three trying to figure out where your husband is; of course he is
probably trying to figure out where you are.
One of the nicest things in life is being able to share your whole self
with someone who will love you anyway. That is what this story conveys.
It may not always be happy and rosy, but it is funny and real. It
reminds me of the movie Steel Magnolias which Shirley MacLaine also
does a terrific job. This is a must see movie for anyone.
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