Terms of Endearment 1983

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Terms of Endearment dazzled critics and audiences alike with its believable, insightful story of two captivating people, mother and daughter, unforgettably played by Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger. From grand slapstick to deepest sentiment, director James L. Brooks masterfully paints scenes from their evolving 30-year relationship.

Starring:
Debra Winger,Shirley MacLaine
Runtime:
2 hours, 11 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director James L. Brooks
Starring Debra Winger, Shirley MacLaine
Supporting actors Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, Troy Bishop, Danny DeVito, Lisa Hart Carroll, Betty King, Norman Bennett
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr D J Corvin on 11 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
The eighties were know as a decade of misfires for the academy awards. They were under constant scrutiny for apparently awarding lesser, or as Tarantino put it, "coffee table fun" films and blatantly ignoring the more radical, art-house genre. Terms of Endearment was one of those such film criticised. Sure, it is a quirky, shifty, funny/serious kind of film. There pre and post this film there have been many others of similar genre. But Terms of Endearment is different, special in a way. It can really grow on you. You care about the characters, you share their ups and downs, feel their love and pain. You live the endearments. Brooks manages to get the very best out of his wonderful cast, and though he could have made it a soppy love story between mother and daughter, he shot Endearment with careful subtlety that makes it evolve into a real life story rather than a Hollywood story, mirroring the beautiful words of Larry McMurtry. Because there is no sugar coating and Hollywood in this film the emotions are raw, passion flaring. Terms of Endearment remain a true undisputed American classic.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "wessex-dvds-uk" on 16 May 2005
Format: DVD
I am about to replace my VHS copy of this film with the DVD. I was spellbound by the performances given by Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicolson and Jeff Daniels.
No doubt written off by many as nothing more than a 'chick flick', this fascinating tale of the complex love/hate mother/daughter relationship is so beautifully written and performed, that it has to be regarded as a classic.
I watched this film with my eldest son back in 1996. He was 23 at the time, and in the Royal Navy. A true hard-hitting, roughie-toughie, seen-it-all hardnut (or so he thought). The real acting for us came during the scene where Teddy (Huckleberry Fox) visits his mother in hospital. Just as the tears rolled down young Huckleberry's face, so they were running down mine. My big, strong, you-can't-touch-me son, meanwhile, was busy clearing the lump in his throat and struggling very hard not to let me see his own tears.
That's when you know you're watching a very special piece of magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tankgirl_23 on 15 Sept. 2013
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Great chemistry between lead characters however tragic the real part of the story is. Great humour and joy amidst sad truths in the tale.
Not for me really but bought for a male friend who loves this film! Would recommend to people who like a spark in relationships between people and like to have a story which helps you to notice what attracts you to others in life. Aswell as dealing with problems which is sad but in this film its not all bad due to the lead characters and their chemistry throughout which makes it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Camilla Macaulay on 25 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
This film has a fantastic cast and there are some fine individual performances. Jack Nicholson is his usual, charming self and Debra Winger is radiant. Shirley MacLaine overacts horribly in places. The tale of an over bearing mother and a independent daughter, this movie is known as a classic tear jerker. The subject matter can't help but move you but the film itself seems to go on for ever. The daughter, Emma, gets married to an academic who bears the strange name of "Flap". Flap turns out to be a philanderer and the women who work at his college don't seem to worry about having affairs with a married man. He is more concerned with his latest conquest than raising his children. Aurora, Emma's mother, lives next door to a retired astronaut played by Nicholson. Their romance brings some much needed humour to the film. Debra Winger is great as the fiesty Emma but the whole film just turns to mush at the maudlin ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Craft on 7 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
If you want subtle - don't bother. If you want major performances that stand the test of time - don't look here. If you want a story that provides great insights into human existence - look elsewhere.
But if you want a solid, straightforward tear-jerker with some excellent performances (especially from the inestimable Debra Winger) buy this film immediately. It is fun. It is heart-warming. It is a damn good film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on 11 Aug. 2013
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Great movie. If my child was in pain and lazy nurses preferred to stick to protocol I too would scream and stamp my foot as Aurora did...brilliant scene. Emma's death scene is the most devastating and moving few minutes you will see on film. Beautifully acted and directed by all concerned.
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By Sue on 17 May 2014
Format: DVD
This is a classic film from the 1980s, although I had never seen it before. It stars Shirley MacLaine as Aurora, an over-protective mother who is widowed at a young age. Her daughter Emma is very close to her, but needs to become independent – and at times they drive each other wild. The film spans three decades of their relationship, showing their very different personalities and responses to people.

I found myself completely captivated by the story; it was beautifully done, with some amusing caricatured moments and some deeply emotional times too. Excellent in showing how people show their love in such different ways, and how – in the end – nobody can protect their offspring forever.

Definitely recommended.
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By Nadia kamolz on 3 Feb. 2012
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I wanted to watch this movie again as it is one of my all time favorites. I did enjoy watching it again. However, I have one complaint and that is I think they shortened the film in making the DVD, especially the ending seems to have been shortened.Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine: wonderful actors.
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