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Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

4.4 9
Director: James L. Brooks,

Cast: Debra Winger, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson


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Terms of Endearment covers three decades in the lives of widow Aurora Greenaway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Debra Winger). Fiercely protected by Aurora throughout childhood, Emma runs into resistance from her mother when she marries wishy-washy college teacher Flap (Jeff Daniels). Aurora is even more put out at the prospect of being a grandmother,

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Terms of Endearment 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson are amazing in this movie! Love it!
TigerMax More than 1 year ago
A worthwhile study in character - characters, that is.  The viewer will be surprised to see self in most of the characters in the story at one point or another.  That alone is sufficient reason to watch this n movie again and again.  Each time may bring new revelations.  All actors bropught their best, in keeping with their personal styles (Nicholson, for instance).  How easy to find oneself loving and hating the same character at different times. Truly a story good for introspection.  And the ending could have been maudlin, but wasn't.  Great direction, great acting.  One for the ages, in its categoryh.
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Get_Together More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Movie with the twists and turns of the mother (Shirley MacLain) - daughter (Debra Winger) relationship and how that can be so strained but so strong too. The prudish mother even learns to let her hair down and get herself a boyfriend in all of it (Jack Nicholson) I only wish that the makers of this movie would have included the sequel to this movie called The Evening Star (1996) in with this so you could enjoy them both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rate the movie from the feminist point of you.Being an ardent fan of Larry Mcmurtry,I could not miss this one.The fascinating thing about the movie is the mother-daughter relationship.Shirley Maclaine and Debra Winger[An Officer and a Gentleman] have performed extraordinarily.Aurora[Maclaine] has problems with daughter Emma[Winger] regarding the latter's love interests. The mother tries in all possible manners to explain the daughter but in vain.Frequent pregnancies,financial lows,spouse's infidelity lead Emma into troubled waters.But there is only one person in this world,after God,who is always there ,the mother.Emma is ailing with cancer where its her mother who takes care of the children and herself who's in the hospital.The scene where Emma breathes her last is so touching that it makes the audience weep.Thanks to the script that finally Aurora unites with her son-in-law.The best of all is the character of Aurora ,the way she handles her exuberant neighbor Garrett Breedlove [Jack Nicholson],her daughter,her dear grandkids,and her own life!A must see picture for one and all!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Nicholoson the Astronaut. Brings tears of joy or laughter and inspiration to me. I thought he played a great hound dog to the A personality type of Shirley McClaine. Debra Winger did a performance of a life time in this tear jerker as well as her deplorable husband, Flap, played by Jeff Daniels, another Oscar-worthy performance in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
very few ever made are absolutely perfect perfect story, perfect cast, flawless direction...it is just astounding! the hardest laugh and most gut-wrenching cry you'll ever have via the cinema in the same movie! not to be missed EVER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very interesting mother, daughter relationship.If fact there are many interesting relationships going on in this movie. This one is worth having in your movie collection so that you can watch it again and again. Each time you will learn more about the human relationships going on in this movie. Some of them you will like, others you will not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago