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Evening Star (1996)

Shirley MacClaine , Juliette Lewis , Robert Harling  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley MacClaine, Juliette Lewis, Bill Paxton
  • Directors: Robert Harling
  • Format: Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

She's back - and as delightfully feisty as ever! Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacClaine, reprising the role that won her the 1983 Best Actress Academy Award) returns in an acclaimed continuation of the much-loved saga that began with the 1983 Best Picture Oscar winner Terms of Endearment. The generations grow, but life still spins around Aurora like a cyclone: her rebellious granddaughter (Juliette Lewis) wants to run off with Mr. Wrong; a snooty rival (Miranda Richardson) has come up with new ways to meddle in Aurora's life; her longtime spinster housekeeper (Marion Ross) is ready to ditch domestic work for the domestic bliss of matrimony; her great-grandson is like a poison pill; and her shrink (Bill Paxton) is more than eager to cross the line separating client relationships and romantic entanglement. Welcome back, Aurora. We've missed you.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Star Shines Bright January 28, 2003
THE EVENING STAR is the sequel to the highly popular 1983 film TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. The kids are grown up. The eldest son in jail, the youngest son in a dead end job and fathering an illegitemate son with his girlfriend, and a hell bent daughter. Aurora has to deal with all of this, but her friends such as her maid Rosie, help her out. Rosie decides that Aurora is depressed, and tricks her into seeing a psychiatrist, who Aurora eventually falls for. Then there is Patsy, always integrating herself into Aurora's life, being jealous of her taking care of the kids when they were growing up. This feud is well played throughout the movie, with Patsy trying to upstage Aurora at every chance, and vice versa. They both fall for the same man, who is much younger than Aurora, which only causes more friction in their already tumultuous friendship. Life changes though when her grandson gets out of jail and decides to make a life for himself, and Aurora's granddaughter learns to chase her dreams after life's disapointments. The movie centers around these characters and their interpersonal relationships with each other, dealing with conflicts, death, and whatever card fate hands them. Shirley MacLaine shines once again as Aurora Greenway, and the cast is enriched by Juliette Lewis, Bill Paxton, Marion Ross, Miranda Richardson, and more. Overall, some reviewers don't like it as much as TERMS, but I think this improves on an already great story.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley MacLaine, back as Aurora Greenway... January 21, 2005
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THE EVENING STAR is the long-awaited sequel to TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, continuing the story of Aurora Greenway and the children of her daughter Emma.

Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) has succeeded in raising Tommy (George Newbern), Teddy (Mackenzie Astin) and Melanie (Juliette Lewis), though she's not very happy with the outcome. Tommy is in jail, Teddy has had a family out of wedlock and Melanie is skipping college and sleeping with a boy that Aurora (to put it mildly) doesn't approve of.

Aurora's lovelife has also taken a nosedive. Garrett (Jack Nicholson) has moved away and the house seems too big and lonely. At the `suggestion' of maid Rosie (Marion Ross) she goes to see a counsellor (Bill Paxton). Trying desperately to keep Emma's family together, Aurora slowly mends the rift between the past and present.

This emotional sequel to TOE is fantastic. Miranda Richardson fills the role of bitchy Patsy (played by Lisa Hart Carroll in the original film) perfectly, and Marion Ross more than fills the shoes of Rosie (played previously by Betty King). Juliette Lewis is lovely as Melanie (and does resemble Debra Winger who played Emma). And no sequel to TERMS OF ENDEARMENT would be complete without Jack Nicholson dropping by!

So lets revisit Aurora as she takes us through the next chapter of the Greenway story...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic, beautiful movie! December 17, 1999
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Once again, the critics have no idea what they're talking about. This movie is so wonderful, it had me laughing, crying and everything in between. It is beautifully written and acted, and you will not be disappointed if you buy this movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Bright May 10, 2000
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In The Evening Star, the sequel to 1983's Oscar-winning predecessor Terms of Endearment, Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) picks up where she left off.
The saga now continues with her dead daughter's beleaguered offspring, and Granny Aurora just ain't doing so well. Her heart is, as always, in the rightest of places. Every week she's in the state pen visiting Tommy (George Newbern), but he's content to toss her homemade brownies in the trash. Teddy (Mackenzie Astin) drives a tow truck and has a little brat of his own. Most belligerent is Melanie (Juliette Lewis). Like the others, she's still angry over her mother's death and more often than not takes it out by doing whatever she feels like, much to the chagrin of Aurora.
All these problems drive Aurora into the arms of Jerry (Bill Paxton), a much-younger therapist who, like Albert Brooks in Mother, has some kind of unresolved Oedipal conflict to work out. Their scenes together are cute and sexy.
The film's sentimentality is overshadowed by the pure spunk of MacLaine's portrayal. And her perennial nemesis Patsy (Miranda Richardson) more than keeps Aurora's blood pumping.
It's fun to see MacLaine in this role again. She imbues Aurora with a warmth and trueness that reminded me how much I had missed her. Even the third act cameo by Jack Nicholson as astronaut Garrett went down easy.
Perhaps best of all is Marion Ross (Yo, Mrs. C.!), who gives a lovely performance as Rosie, Aurora's maid.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest movie, losts of emotion, great acting. October 19, 1999
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This movie was amazing. I laughed, I cried. I have watched this movie so many times, that I will need to buy a second copy of it. Even my 7 year old daughter loves this movie. It has a great story line, and is just written beautifully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Star' Doesn't Shine Bright Enough November 14, 2001
By Barry
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As a big fan of the 1983 film "Terms Of Endearment", I was really looking forward to this sequel. I was happy and disappointed both. This film, set 13 years after the original, finds feisty Texan Aurora Greenway(Shirley MacLaine)raising her three grandkids. One is in jail, one has a bratty kid of his own and a rather unfriendly girlfriend, and the other is a wild, out of control sort played by Juliette Lewis. Once again, MacLaine showcases incredible talent and wit in her role that originally won her the Oscar. Jack Nicholson shows up briefly, reprising his classic role. Sadly, Nicholson only has a small cameo. His brief appearence was a reminder of the great original. He makes the most of his few minutes onscreen. Marion Ross(Mrs. Cunningham on "Happy Days"), is Rosie, Aurora's housekeeper. The filmmakers knew the original had this great emotional impact. They try way, way too hard on this one to create that same feeling. They overdo it to the point where it almost has no feeling. Only one of the emotional scenes, at the end, has real depth and sadness to it. The dialogue is intelligent, and, at times, quite funny. Miranda Richardson, Bill Paxton, Ben Johnson, Scott Wolfe, and Mackenzie Astin(From "Facts Of Life" fame)co-star. The movie was written and directed by Robert Harling. He wrote "Steel Magnolias". If you want a different interpretation, then read the novel by Larry McMurtry. It's very different from the movie. Solid follow up, but could've been so much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evening Star
Thank you for the movie.I have been looking for this movie for years.Ive never seen it in stores.I decided to look on Amazon and here it was.Again thank you very much.
Published 21 days ago by Stephanie G Palma
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry McMurtry at his best
"The Evening Star" is Larry McMurtry's sequal to the Oscar winning" Termsof Endearment".Of course ,these were novels that later became movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Guild
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite
awesome its my favorite. it completes my collection. it comes in handy on a raining day, cuddle up with a warm blanket
Published 1 month ago by Jozette
4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley MacLaine is amazing
Shirley MacLaine is a wonderful & amazing actress. The Evening Star makes me laugh & cry each time I watch it.
Published 1 month ago by Deanna
1.0 out of 5 stars We need a good movie that focuses on an intelligent older woman; this...
This movie is similar in a way to the even more awful film, Monster-in-Law, in that both feature an older woman with a maid who serves as the comic sotto voce. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James J. Dowd
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever
Probably one of the most underrated films ever. The critics just weren't courageous enough to proclaim it better than its predecessor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Evening Star
This was a followup on the movie "Terms of Endearment". It continues on in the future and if you liked "Terms of Endearment" you will enjoy The Evening Star. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lavender
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
A great follow up to Terms of Endearment! I loved it! So glad I own it now. They did a good job tying it together.
Published 3 months ago by Noneofyourbusiness
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I loved the movie because Shirley MacLaine is in it, and wanted to see the sequel to Terms of Endearment.
Published 3 months ago by Garland LaForest
3.0 out of 5 stars The Evening Star
I remember this movie as sort of a sequel to Terms of Endearment. It just didn't hold a candle to the first film that Shirley MacLaine did with Jack Nicholson. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kay Callander
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