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Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
is a 1983 American comedy-drama film adapted from Larry McMurtry's 1975 novel, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow. The film covers 30 years of the relationship between Aurora Greenway (MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Winger). The film received eleven Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations and won five. Brooks won the Academy Awards
Academy Awards
for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium while MacLaine won the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress and Nicholson won the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, it won four Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress in a Drama (MacLaine), Best Supporting Actor (Nicholson), and Best Screenplay (Brooks).

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Release

4.1 Box office 4.2 Critical reception

5 Awards 6 Sequel 7 References 8 External links

Plot[edit] Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and Emma Greenway-Horton (Debra Winger) are mother and daughter searching for love. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora reveals how difficult and caring she can be. The film centers around several years as they both find their reasons for going on living and finding joy. Aurora finds Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson), the retired astronaut living next door. The relationship between Emma and Aurora comes full circle when Emma is diagnosed with cancer that soon becomes terminal. At the film's end, each shows different ways of expressing love. Cast[edit]

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
as Aurora Greenway Debra Winger
Debra Winger
as Emma Greenway-Horton Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
as Garrett Breedlove Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito
as Vernon Dalhart Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
as Flap Horton John Lithgow
John Lithgow
as Sam Burns Lisa Hart Carroll as Patsy Clark Huckleberry Fox as Ted "Teddy" Horton Troy Bishop as Tom "Tommy" Horton Megan Morris as Melanie Horton Kate Charleson as Janice Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
(credited as 'A. Brooks') as Rudyard

Production[edit] Brooks wrote the supporting role of Garrett Breedlove for Burt Reynolds, who turned down the role because of a verbal commitment he had made to appear in Stroker Ace. "There are no awards in Hollywood for being an idiot," Reynolds later said of the decision.[3] The exterior shots of Aurora's home were filmed at 3060 Locke Lane, Houston, Texas. Larry McMurtry, writer of the novel on which the screenplay was based, had received his M.A. at Rice University, a mere three miles from the home. The exterior shots of locations intended to be in Des Moines, Iowa, Kearney, Nebraska, and Lincoln, Nebraska, were all filmed in Lincoln, Nebraska. Many scenes were filmed on or near the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.[4] During filming in Lincoln, Debra Winger met the then-governor of Nebraska, Bob Kerrey, and wound up dating him for two years.[5] MacLaine and Winger did not get along with each other during production.[6][7][8][9] MacLaine confirmed in an interview that "it was a very tough shoot...Chaotic...(Jim) likes working with tension on the set."[10] On working with Nicholson, MacLaine said "working with Jack Nicholson was crazy"[11] but that his spontaneity may have contributed to her performance.[12] She also said, "We're like old smoothies working together. You know the old smoothies they used to show whenever you went to the Ice Follies. They would have this elderly man and woman--who at that time were 40--and they had a little bit too much weight around the waist and were moving a little slower. But they danced so elegantly and so in synch with each other that the audience just laid back and sort of sighed. That's the way it is working with Jack. We both know what the other is going to do. And we don't socialize or anything. It's an amazing chemistry--a wonderful, wonderful feeling."[9] MacLaine confirmed in an interview with USA Today that Nicholson improvised when he put his hand down her dress in the beach scene.[13] Release[edit] Box office[edit] Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
was commercially successful. On its opening weekend, it grossed $3.4 million ranking number two until its second weekend when it grossed $3.1 million ranking #1 at the box office. Three weekends later, it arrived number one again with $9,000,000 having wide release. For four weekends, it remained number one at the box office until slipping to number two on its tenth weekend. On the film's 11th weekend, it arrived number one (for the sixth and final time) grossing $3,000,000. For the last weekends of the film, it later dwindled downward.[14] The film grossed $108,423,489 in the United States.[2] Critical reception[edit] The film was generally well regarded by critics and maintains an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
with the consensus, "A classic tearjerker, Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
isn't shy about reaching for the heartstrings -- but is so well-acted and smartly scripted that it's almost impossible to resist."[15] Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
gave the film a four-out-of-four star rating, calling it "a wonderful film" and stating, "There isn't a thing that I would change, and I was exhilarated by the freedom it gives itself to move from the high comedy of Nicholson's best moments to the acting of Debra Winger
Debra Winger
in the closing scenes."[16] Gene Siskel, who gave the film a highly enthusiastic review, correctly predicted upon its release that it would go on to win the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture of 1983. In his movie guide, Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin
awarded the film a rare four-star rating, calling it a "Wonderful mix of humor and heartache" and concluded the film was "Consistently offbeat and unpredictable, with exceptional performances by all three stars."[17] Awards[edit]

Wins

The film won five Academy Awards[18] and four Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards:[19]

Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture – James L. Brooks Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Director – James L. Brooks Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Shirley MacLaine Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Jack Nicholson Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium – James L. Brooks Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama – Shirley MacLaine Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actor – Jack Nicholson Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Screenplay – James L. Brooks Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film – James L. Brooks National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress – Debra Winger New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress – Shirley MacLaine New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor – Jack Nicholson

Nominations

Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Debra Winger Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – John Lithgow Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Art Direction – Art Direction: Polly Platt and Harold Michelson; Set Decoration: Tom Pedigo and Anthony Mondell Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Film Editing – Richard Marks Academy Award
Academy Award
for Original Score – Michael Gore Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Sound – James R. Alexander, Rick Kline, Donald O. Mitchell and Kevin O'Connell BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Shirley MacLaine Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama – Debra Winger Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Director – James L. Brooks AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes:

Aurora: “Would you like to come in?” Garrett: “I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.”

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)

Sequel[edit] A sequel to the film, The Evening Star
The Evening Star
(1996), in which MacLaine and Nicholson reprised their roles, was a critical and commercial failure. References[edit]

^ "TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (15)". British Board of Film Classification. December 6, 1983. Retrieved January 27, 2016.  ^ a b " Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
(1983)". Box Office Mojo.  ^ "Larry King Live: Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
Discusses His Career in Showbiz". February 23, 2000.  ^ Reeves, Tony. "Filming Locations for Oscar-winner Terms Of Endearment (1983), around Texas and Nebraska".  ^ "SHORT TAKES : Debra Winger
Debra Winger
Is Not for Politics". Los Angeles Times. September 12, 1990. Retrieved August 19, 2016.  ^ Graham, Mark (6 September 2008). "After All These Years, Debra Winger Still Can't Stand Shirley MacLaine's Guts". Gawker. Archived from the original on June 7, 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.  ^ Brew, Simon (September 27, 2013). "14 Co-stars Who Really Didn't Get Along". Dennis Publishing. Retrieved 6 June 2015.  ^ "Debra Winger: The return of a class act". The Independent. October 24, 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2015.  ^ a b Quin, Eleanor. "TERMS OF ENDEARMENT". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 6 June 2015.  ^ hudsonunionsociety (November 30, 2013). " Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
On Working With Tension On The Set" – via YouTube.  ^ Ouzuonian, Richard (1 May 2015). "The present life of Shirley MacLaine". Toronto Star. Retrieved 6 June 2015.  ^ " Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
on Jack Nicholson: He showed up to set practically nude". Fox News Channel. October 30, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2015.  ^ Alexander, Bryan (2 March 2017). " Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
tries to bring Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
on board 'with every script'". USA Today. Retrieved 27 June 2017.  ^ " Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
(1983) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-12-05.  ^ " Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 10, 2008.  ^ Ebert, Roger (November 23, 1983). "Terms of Endearment". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved April 22, 2013.  ^ Maltin, Leonard. 2013 Movie Guide. Penguin Books. p. 1386. ISBN 978-0-451-23774-3.  ^ "The 56th Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(1984) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-09.  ^ "NY Times: Terms of Endearment". NY Times. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 

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I'll Do Anything
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(1997) Spanglish (2004) How Do You Know
How Do You Know
(2010)

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It Happened One Night
(1934) Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
(1936) The Life of Emile Zola
The Life of Emile Zola
(1937) You Can't Take It with You (1938) Gone with the Wind (1939) Rebecca (1940) How Green Was My Valley (1941) Mrs. Miniver
Mrs. Miniver
(1942) Casablanca (1943) Going My Way
Going My Way
(1944) The Lost Weekend (1945) The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Hamlet (1948) All the King's Men (1949) All About Eve
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The Sting
(1973) The Godfather
The Godfather
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Kramer vs. Kramer
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(1980) Chariots of Fire
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(1981) Gandhi (1982) Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
(1983) Amadeus (1984) Out of Africa (1985) Platoon (1986) The Last Emperor
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Schindler's List
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1940s

The Song of Bernadette (1943) Going My Way
Going My Way
(1944) The Lost Weekend (1945) The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Johnny Belinda / The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) All the King's Men (1949)

1950s

Sunset Boulevard (1950) A Place in the Sun (1951) The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront
(1954) East of Eden (1955) Around the World in 80 Days (1956) The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) The Defiant Ones (1958) Ben-Hur (1959)

1960s

Spartacus (1960) The Guns of Navarone (1961) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The Cardinal
The Cardinal
(1963) Becket (1964) Doctor Zhivago (1965) A Man for All Seasons (1966) In the Heat of the Night (1967) The Lion in Winter (1968) Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

1970s

Love Story (1970) The French Connection (1971) The Godfather
The Godfather
(1972) The Exorcist (1973) Chinatown (1974) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Rocky
Rocky
(1976) The Turning Point (1977) Midnight Express (1978) Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer
(1979)

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Ordinary People
Ordinary People
(1980) On Golden Pond (1981) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
(1982) Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
(1983) Amadeus (1984) Out of Africa (1985) Platoon (1986) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
(1987) Rain Man
Rain Man
(1988) Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

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Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
(1990) Bugsy
Bugsy
(1991) Scent of a Woman (1992) Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993) Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
(1994) Sense and Sensibility (1995) The English Patient (1996) Titanic (1997) Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
(1998) American Beauty (1999)

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Gladiator (2000) A Beautiful Mind (2001) The Hours (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The Aviator (2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
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Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) Avatar (2009)

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The Social Network
The Social Network
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The Descendants
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