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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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Cast

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Lisa Hart Carroll ...
Betty King ...
Rosie Dunlop (as Betty R. King)
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Shane Serwin ...
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza del cariño  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,498,813, 27 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$108,423,489
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Composer Michael Gore is Leslie Gore's (It's My Party) brother. His big gig prior to this was composing Fame (1980). See more »

Goofs

Garret's glasses during one conversation with Aurora. See more »

Quotes

Aurora Greenway: [to a toddler] Gorgeous isn't everything.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
(1942) (uncredited)
By Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen
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Quite good, but overrated
24 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

After looking forward to seeing this film for many years, I finally have watched it, and was left a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good movie, but I expected so very much more. I found the plot to be rather thin for a movie this long, and after some thought, I'd have to say that the script was average at best. With a weaker cast, I suspect that I wouldn't have even liked it. Fortunately, this film is blessed with a spectacular cast, and this film deservedly received Oscar recognition in the acting categories. It just didn't deserve the best picture Oscar that it also won.


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