• One True Thing (1998)

One True Thing

Release Date: 1998

DVD Release Date: March 16th, 1999

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

Production Co: Monarch Pictures, Universal Pictures

Keywords: Father, House, Death, 1980s, Daughter, Love, Hospital, Moving, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It is the craftsmanship that elevates One True Thing above the level of a soaper. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 88
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    A beautifully rich performance by Meryl Streep, [18 September 1998, p. 57]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role