Terms of Endearment

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Terms of Endearment ★★★ 1983 (PG)

A weeper following the changing relationship between a young woman and her mother, over a 30-year period. Beginning as a comedy, turning serious as the years go by, this was Brooks' debut as screenwriter and director. Superb supporting cast headed by Nicholson's slyly charming neighbor/astronaut, with stunning performances by Winger and Mac-Laine as the two women who often know and love each other too well. Adapted from Larry McMurtry's novel. 132m/C VHS, DVD . Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger, John Lithgow, Jeff Daniels, Danny DeVito; D: James L. Brooks; W: James L. Brooks; C: Andrzej Bartkowiak; M: Michael Gore. Oscars ‘83: Actress (MacLaine), Adapt. Screenplay, Director (Brooks), Picture, Support. Actor (Nicholson); Directors Guild ‘83: Director (Brooks); Golden Globes ‘84: Actress—Drama (MacLaine), Film—Drama, Screenplay, Support. Actor (Nicholson); L.A. Film Critics ‘83: Actress (MacLaine), Director (Brooks), Film, Screenplay, Support. Actor (Nicholson); Natl. Bd. of Review ‘83: Actress (MacLaine), Director (Brooks), Support. Actor (Nicholson); N.Y. Film Critics ‘83: Actress (MacLaine), Film, Support. Actor (Nicholson); Natl. Soc. Film Critics ‘83: Actress (Winger), Support. Actor (Nicholson); Writers Guild ‘83: Adapt. Screenplay.