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Terms of Endearment (1983)

Shirley MacLaine , Debra Winger , James L. Brooks  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels
  • Directors: James L. Brooks
  • Writers: James L. Brooks, Larry McMurtry
  • Producers: James L. Brooks, Martin Jurow, Penney Finkelman Cox
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055ZF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terms of Endearment" on IMDb

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Follow the lives and loves of a mother and daughter over the years, and the special bond they share, in this poignant comedy-drama that garnered five Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actress and Supporting Actor. Shirley MacLaine is the feisty mom; Debra Winger, her independent daughter; Jack Nicholson, a womanizing ex-astronaut who lives next door. With John Lithgow, Jeff Daniels, Danny DeVito; directed by James L. Brooks. 131 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary by Brooks, others; theatrical trailer.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless March 12, 2007
Exactly how in the world did I never see this movie before? Reputation has made this out to be "the ultimate chick flick" upon which every other tear-jerker is judged. But it's definitely more of a character study than a weepy mushy movie. In fact, it's anything but mushy. Where it could of been over-sentimental, it was poignant. Where it could of been boring, it was insightful. And where it could of been corny, it was tongue-in-cheek. I don't think I need to say anything about the acting in it, if you've seen Terms of Endearment you know that Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, and Jack Nicholson bring their characters to a life rarely seen in movies. I just can't get over how great this movie was. The story is so good, it's so funny and at times among some of the saddest moments I've ever seen portrayed in the movies. I don't want to go any further for fear that I might spoil it for those who haven't seen this incredible story about life and love and laughter among family. This is an AMAZING and moving film!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come to Terms! April 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Another film that made me cry! If you've read my reviews on KRAMER VS. KRAMER and RAIN MAN, then you know my story. But, yes, it's happened again! Another Best Picture Oscar-winner has allowed me to shed my tears freely and openly.
Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show), TERMS OF ENDEARMENT is a "family" film that deals with a 30-year relationship between a flighty mother and her headstrong daughter, played to perfection by Shirley MacLaine as Aurora Greenway, and Debra Winger as her daughter Emma Horton. The film begins by establishing the relatonship between the neurotic Aurora with her young daughter.
It makes you laugh and it makes you cry! Either way, the film deserves its kudos. Created by future SIMPSONS producer James L. Brooks, we see the emotional turmoil that both Aurora and Emma face in their love lives.
The cast consists of: Jack Nicholson, as Aurora's zany cosmonaut boyfriend Garrett Breedlove (a role originally intended for Burt Reynolds [YIKES!]), Jeff Daniels as Emma's philandering husband Flap Horton, John Lithgow as Emma's lover Sam Burns, and Danny DeVito, in a delightful cameo, as Vernon Dahlart.
After a while, though, the film does tend to drift a bit. You have to be patient considering that the final climax, in which Emma loses her fight with cancer, is the blow that sent me (and possibly millions of other viewers) into tears. Watch Aurora's face; watch Emma's, and you'll know exactly what they're saying without them even saying a word. Simply devastating!
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PREPARE TO CRY December 20, 1999
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James Brooks, who of late gave us AS GOOD AS IT GETS, has an uncanny way of sketching characters that are believable, and completely winning, despite their many foibles. TERMS is filled with such people, and is so deft at winning your affections that it is virtually impossible not to feel that lump in your throat -- if not tears rolling down your cheek -- as it makes its way to its manipulative but moving nonetheless finale. Each performer works to his/her potential, and the supposed fireworks between Debra Winger (who inhabits her role so intensely she IS Emma) and Shirley MacLaine -- who won an Oscar -- works perfectly on screen. Jeff Daniels pulls off a neat trick, and manages to be both reprehensible as Emma's multi-flawed husband, but also engenders your sympathy vote as the movie wears on. Jack Nicholson (also Oscar winner) and MacLaine combatively explore one of the funniest romances ever; the screenplay's distinctive sense of humor adds much charm and much needed comic relief from the increasingly depressing proceedings. Michael Gore's already-classic theme music can still inspire tears and resound with humanity. This movie feels absolutely commercial, and twists your heart in way that few movies do -- we are talking majorly sad sad sad -- AS BAD AS IT GETS, so to speak. Yet, in the final moments, Brooks does give the movie a sweet and surprising lift, and nearly promises hope to these characters, most of whom we have grown to love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TERMS OF ENDEARMENT & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. December 4, 2013
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This review is from the Blu Ray dvd released on 12/2/13. Be sure you change the audio to your system. If you leave it on mono the sound is too soft. This has 3 audio selections. The picture and sound are clear. Aurora has a favorite chair with a crocheted afghan on back. You can see each flower & each color in that afghan. The quality of the picture is exceptional.

Most of you know the story but for those of you who do not I will be brief. Aurora Greenway's husband has died and she and her daughter Emma struggle with their relationship. Emma believe that her mom does not care about her and Aurora believes Emma deliberately antagonizes her. Emma quickly grows up and marries Hap (Jeff Daniels) against her mother's wishes. Hap is an English teacher and for awhile they are blissfully happy. Hap and Emma have three children. Jack Nicholson, a womanizing, wise-cracking former astronaut moves next door to Aurora. His relationship with Aurora is a joy to watch. Aurora finds him childish; he is intrigued by her.

Then the unexpected happens and choices have to be made. Aurora will have to make a very difficult choice regarding her grandchildren; Hap will have to decide if he wants to remain their father; Jack Nicholson is more supportive than Aurora imagined.

Basically Terms of Endearment is about a mother's unconditional love for her daughter. It may not seem so at times and Emma doubts her mother loves her but eventually she will know how much Aurora loves her.

I don't want to spoil this for you but it is a wonderful story. A story you will want to watch again and again. The Blu Ray dvd is fantastic and it gives this movie that won five academy awards the stage that it needs.

The sequel to the movie is "The Evening Star."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terms of Endearment
Delightful movie ~ sad, but interesting. Amazing how people come together when there is a tragedy. They forget all about those petty problems and just move on with compassion and... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Nancy Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Tearjerker
I do not care how many times I watch this story, by the time it ends, I'm all teared up.
Published 13 days ago by Robert E. Carter Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Excellent movie. Makes me cry every time but carries a great message. These actors and actresses do a lovely job.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
Its one of my favorites yes I cry at the end everytime towards the end. But its a wonderful movie.
Published 28 days ago by Brandi R. Fonteneau
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
It had been such a long time since I had watched this movie, it was all new to me again and every bit as wonderful!
Published 2 months ago by Honeybee 63
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC ACTING, A MUST HAVE
This is a classic movie. great acting by all in this film. its got it all, family, laughs, controversy, sadness, but ALL worth it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by OBEONECANOBI
5.0 out of 5 stars Recieved
I saw on HBO many and recorded with VCR . I many when at the house . This has good cast
and at end I found I found my at verge of tears like the 1st I saw it.
Published 2 months ago by NebraskaMan65
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Blu-Ray Transfer of a Great Film
You decide whether you like this film. I definitely do. But this is a first rate transfer from stock that was in great shape. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Winenut
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Over
I ordered this movie for a Christmas gift and received an Arrested Development CD instead from 1993. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dale Fall
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a life-affirming movie should be, the best mother-daughter...
Film-making at its finest and genuinely deserving winner of 5 Academy Wards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine, in a very tight, well-publicized,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Freddy Gonzales
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