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One True Thing

R| 2 hr. 7 min.

Plot Summary
Kate (Meryl Streep), the undervalued matriarch of the Gulden family, is diagnosed with cancer. Daughter and journalist Ellen (Renée Zellweger) returns from New York City to care for her mother at the request of her father (William Hurt). During the time Kate spends with her parents, she discovers secrets that she was never privy to in her childhood. Though Ellen has always idolized her father, she learns that her mother has had a much more difficult life than she knew.

Cast: Meryl Streep , Renée Zellweger , William Hurt , Tom Everett Scott , Lauren Graham , Nicky Katt , James Eckhouse , Patrick Breen

Director: Carl Franklin

Genres: Drama

Distributor: MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Universal Pictures

One True Thing (1998)

Release Date: September 18th, 1998|2 hr. 7 min.

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  • Even director Carl Franklin, an artful purveyor of sterner stuff in "One False Move" and "Devil in a Blue Dress," can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell. show more

  • Though Mom is ditzy and, at times, irritating, we come to recognize her as the family's most original creative spirit. show more

  • When we first see Meryl Streep's happy homemaker in One True Thing, she's a domestic dinosaur circa late '80s, a regular mommy monster. [18 September 1998, p.3E] show more

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