Terms of Endearment

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"Come to laugh, come to cry, come to care, come to terms."
  • PG
  • 1983
  • 2 hr 11 min
  • 7.4  (65,199)
  • 79

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 film that tells the story of a mother and daughter's relationship over several years. The film follows the life of Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine), a single mother who is very protective of her only daughter Emma (Debra Winger). Aurora, a strong-willed and highly opinionated woman, is determined to mold Emma into the kind of daughter she can be proud of.

Emma, on the other hand, has a free spirit and wants to live her life her own way. Despite their differences, the two women have a deep love for each other that is put to the test over the course of the film. Emma marries a man named Flap (Jeff Daniels) and has three children, while Aurora begins a tentative romance with her neighbor, former astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson).

The film explores the joys and heartbreaks of the mother-daughter relationship, as Emma's life takes a tragic turn and Aurora is left to pick up the pieces. It is a poignant and emotional journey that will leave viewers both laughing and crying.

Shirley MacLaine delivers a stunning performance as Aurora, capturing both her strength and vulnerability. Debra Winger brings a natural and authentic portrayal of Emma, conveying the complex emotions of a woman trying to find herself in the world. And Jack Nicholson is charming and funny as Garrett, who provides a welcome dose of humor to the film.

The movie is expertly directed by James L. Brooks, who also wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Larry McMurtry. Brooks seamlessly weaves together humor and heartache, creating a film that is both entertaining and deeply moving. The movie was a critical success and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine.

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is Emma's hospital room scene, where she and Aurora have a heart-to-heart conversation. It is a scene that is both heart-wrenching and uplifting, as the two women come to terms with the reality of Emma's situation. Another iconic scene is when Aurora drives through Astronaut Field with Garrett, a poignant moment that captures the bittersweet nature of their relationship.

Terms of Endearment is a beautifully crafted film that will stay with viewers long after the credits roll. It is a tribute to the power of love, both between a mother and daughter, and between two people who find unexpected joy in each other's company. It is a must-see for anyone who loves a good story about the complexities of human relationships.

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 11 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 79.

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  • Release Date
    1983
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    2 hr 11 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (65,199)
  • Metascore
    79