• Terms of Endearment (1983)

Terms of Endearment

Release Date: 1983

DVD Release Date: April 10th, 2001

PG |2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary

Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother's wishes. When the marriage grows sour due to Flap's cheating, Emma eventually splits from him, returning to her mother, who is involved with a former astronaut (Jack Nicholson). Soon, Emma learns that she has terminal cancer. In the hospital, supported by Aurora, she tries to make peace with Flap and her children.

Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow, Betty King, Lisa Hart Carroll

Director: James L. Brooks

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Daughter, Small town, 1970s, Growing up, 1980s, Mother, Touching, Family, Emotional, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is a wonderful film. There isn't a thing that I would change. show more

  • 100
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Terms of Endearment is the rare commercial picture that sets audiences to laughing hysterically and crying unashamedly, sometimes within consecutive seconds, and then shoos them out of the theatre in contented emotional exhaustion. [23 Nov 1983]

  • 100
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    It rates a resounding yes because it doesn't insult our emotional intelligence. [23 Nov 1983]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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