Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

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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,See more details below

Overview

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, though she grows a lot fonder of her three grandkids than she does of her son-in-law. Flap proves that Aurora's instincts were on target when he enters into an affair with a student (Kate Charleson). Meanwhile, Emma finds romantic consolation with an unhappily married banker (played by John Lithgow, who registers well in a rare "nice guy" performance). As for Aurora, she is ardently pursued by her next-door neighbor, boisterous astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson). After 75 minutes or so of pursuing an episodic, semi-comic plotline, the film abruptly shifts moods when Emma discovers that she has terminal cancer. Terms of Endearment won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay for TV veteran James L. Brooks making his first feature film, Best Actress for MacLaine, and Best Supporting Actor for Nicholson. It was followed by a sequel, The Evening Star (1996), which again featured MacLaine as Aurora.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry, Terms Of Endearment is a modern, five-hanky classic. It depicts the up-and-down relationship between a mother (Shirley MacLaine) and daughter Debra Winger) through marriage, childbirth, affairs, and tragic illness. Terms Of Endearment is driven almost entirely by dialogue and characterization, and the cast here is uniformly excellent, right down to the smallest parts. MacLaine and Winger deliver two of their best performances, and as an aging astronaut who woos MacLaine into redemptive romance, Jack Nicholson is at his most sensitive and least gimmicky. He conjures up a believable character without sacrificing any of his trademark charisma. Director James L. Brooks never lets the film veer into sentimentality or mawkishness, and his sure-handedness paid off in numerous awards, including an Oscar for Best Picture. A tearjerker with sensitivity and insight that's attuned to the rhythms of ordinary life, Terms Of Endearment is an enduring masterpiece of American film.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Terms of Endearment is almost two films -- an upbeat, comic first half followed by a tearjerking tragedy in which Emma Greenaway (Debra Winger) is stricken with cancer. It is notable for its frank treatment of serious illness and for its intricate portrayal of a troubled mother/daughter relationship.The film was a personal triumph for television veteran James L. Brooks, who took home three Oscars, for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director (his first feature film), and Best Picture. Moreover, the film manages to blend together two of the screen's most dominant performers, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson, each of whom received an Oscar, perhaps for having the patience not to steal scenes from each other.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
UPC:
0097361381244
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:11:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director James L. Brooks, Co-Producer Penney Finkelman Cox, and production designer Polly Platt

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Debra Winger Emma Greenaway
Shirley MacLaine Aurora Greenaway
Jack Nicholson Garrett Breedlove
Jeff Daniels Flap
John Lithgow Sam Burns
Huckleberry Fox Teddy
Troy Bishop Tommy
Danny DeVito Vernon
Lisa Hart Carroll Patsy
Betty King Rosie
Norman Bennett Edward
Albert Brooks Rudyard
Kate Charleson Janice
Sharisse Baker-Bernard Lee Anne
Charles Beall Rudyard's Employer
Shane Serwin Young Tommy Horton
Megan Morris Melanie
Tara Yeakey Baby Melanie
Jennifer Josey Young Emma Greenway
Paul Menzel Dr. Maise
F. William Parker Doctor
David Wohl Phil
Alexandra O'Karma Jane
Michelle Watkins Woman
Mary Kay Place Doris
Nancy Mette Woman at Party
Judith Dickerson Checkout Girl

Technical Credits
James L. Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Penney Finkelman Cox Co-producer
Sylvia Fay Casting
Michael Gore Score Composer
Martin Jurow Co-producer
Rick Kline Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Marks Editor
Larry McMurtry Screenwriter
Harold Michelson Art Director
Donald O. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Mondello Set Decoration/Design
Ben Nye Makeup
Tom Pedigo Set Decoration/Design
Polly Platt Production Designer
Albert M. Shapiro Asst. Director
Sandy Veneziano Set Decoration/Design
Sidney Wolinsky Editor
Kristi Zea Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Terms of Endearment
1. Credits and Prologue [:11]
2. Here Comes the Bride [3:48]
3. Moving Day [1:32]
4. The Astronaut [6:16]
5. Pregnant Again [7:11]
6. Turning 50 [3:24]
7. First Date [3:37]
8. Sleepless Nights [1:55]
9. Goodbyes [5:02]
10. The Doctors [2:40]
11. New York [4:17]
12. The Renoir [6:49]
13. Daughter the Shots [1:35]
14. The Children [5:38]
15. She's Gone [2:12]
16. End Credits [2:45]

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