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Terms of Endearment Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Terms of Endearment covers three decades in the lives of widow Aurora Greenaway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Debra Winger). Fiercely protected by Aurora throughout childhood, Emma runs into resistance from her mother when she marries wishy-washy college teacher Flap (Jeff Daniels). Aurora is even more put out at the prospect of being a grandmother, though she grows a lot fonder of her three grandkids than she does of her son-in-law. Flap proves that Aurora's instincts were on target when he enters into an affair with a student (Kate Charleson). Meanwhile, Emma finds romantic consolation with an unhappily married banker (played by John Lithgow, who registers well in a rare "nice guy" performance). As for Aurora, she is ardently pursued by her next-door neighbor, boisterous astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson). After 75 minutes or so of pursuing an episodic, semi-comic plotline, the film abruptly shifts moods when Emma discovers that she has terminal cancer. Terms of Endearment won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay for TV veteran James L. Brooks making his first feature film, Best Actress for MacLaine, and Best Supporting Actor for Nicholson. It was followed by a sequel, James L. Brooks (1996), which again featured MacLaine as Aurora. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 23, 1983

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harold Michelson Best Art Direction 1983 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Nicholson Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1983 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1983 Winner
National Board of Review Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1983 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Mondello Best Art Direction 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Gore Best Original Score 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Pedigo Best Art Direction 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Lithgow Best Supporting Actor 1983 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Shirley MacLaine Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1983 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Shirley MacLaine Best Actress 1983 Winner
National Board of Review Shirley MacLaine Best Actress 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shirley MacLaine Best Actress 1983 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Shirley MacLaine Best Actress 1983 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Debra Winger Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Debra Winger Best Actress 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Marks Best Editing 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Polly Platt Best Art Direction 1983 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James L. Brooks Best Screenplay 1983 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association James L. Brooks Best Director 1983 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association James L. Brooks Best Screenplay 1983 Winner
National Board of Review James L. Brooks Best Director 1983 Winner
Directors Guild of America James L. Brooks Best Director 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James L. Brooks Best Director 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James L. Brooks Best Adapted Screenplay 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James L. Brooks Best Picture 1983 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James L. Brooks Best Director 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Kline Best Sound 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 1983 Nominee

Cast

Debra Winger
as Emma Greenaway
Shirley MacLaine
as Aurora Greenaway
Jack Nicholson
as Garrett Breedlove
Jeff Daniels
as Flap
John Lithgow
as Sam Burns
Huckleberry Fox
as Teddy
Troy Bishop
as Tommy
Danny DeVito
as Vernon
Norman Bennett
as Edward
Albert Brooks
as Rudyard
Kate Charleson
as Janice
Sharisse Baker-Bernard
as Lee Anne
Charles Beall
as Rudyard's Employer
Shane Serwin
as Young Tommy Horton
Tara Yeakey
as Baby Melanie
Jennifer Josey
as Young Emma Greenway
Paul Menzel
as Dr. Maise
F. William Parker
as Doctor
David Wohl
as Phil
Alexandra O'Karma
as Jane
Michelle Watkins
as Woman
Mary Kay Place
as Doris
Nancy Mette
as Woman at Party
Judith Dickerson
as Checkout Girl
Jennifer Josey
as Young Emma Greenway
David Wohl
as Phil
Albert Brooks
as Rudyard
Mary Kay Place
as Doris
Paul Menzel
as Dr. Maise
Alexandra O'Karma
as Jane
Charles Beall
as Rudyard's Employer
Sharisse Baker-Bernard
as Lee Anne
Nancy Mette
as Woman at Party
Michelle Watkins
as Woman
Shane Serwin
as Young Tommy Horton
F. William Parker
as Doctor
Tara Yeakey
as Baby Melanie
Kate Charleson
as Janice

Crew

James L. Brooks
Director
James L. Brooks
Producer
Larry McMurtry
Book Author
Larry McMurtry
Screenwriter
James L. Brooks
Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cinematographer
Michael Gore
Composer (Music Score)
Sidney Wolinsky
Editor
Richard Marks
Editor
Polly Platt
Production Designer
Harold Michelson
Art Director
Penney Finkelman Cox
Co-producer
Anthony Mondello
Set Designer
Sandy Veneziano
Set Designer
Tom Pedigo
Set Designer
Kristi Zea
Costume Designer
Rick Kline
Sound/Sound Designer
Albert M. Shapiro
First Assistant Director
Sylvia Fay
Casting
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