Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment (Original Title: Terms of Endearment ) is American film drama from 1983, the film adaptation based on the novel by Larry McMurtry. .


The film tells the story of mother and daughter over a period of 30 years. Aurora is a headstrong woman who does not come loose from her daughter Emma, to which it has an unusually intimate relationship. Emma finds it difficult to compete alongside their dominant mother. Always respecting dignity and honor, the widow has rejected since the loss of Emma's father several proposals of marriage, to devote himself to her daughter.

When Emma wants to lead a private life and against the wishes of her mother the young lecturers Flap, Aurora hates marries, the widow is suddenly alone. The couple moves to another city, Emma brings three children, and Aurora is not happy about her grandmother role.

She embarks on an affair with her neighbor and friend Garrett. The former astronaut and a drunkard helps Aurora to abandon their outdated views and to stand by their feelings. While Aurora enjoys her luck, Emma separates from her unfaithful husband and returns the children to their mother. Aurora takes her daughter and grandchildren with them on, but Emma had cancer and dies.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun - Times on November 23, 1983, the most important success - of many - was that the film get a balance between the comic and the sad moments. He was a " wonderful " film and presentation by Debra Winger in the final scenes of "great".

" A mixture of boyish comedy and soulful melodrama; something to smooth and superficial, but understandable awarded played in the psychological development of the characters and in all roles. "


Terms of Endearment has won numerous awards and in 1984 he received five Academy Awards in the categories of Best Film, Best Actress ( Shirley MacLaine ), Best Supporting Actor ( Jack Nicholson ), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Among the six other Oscar nominations for clients such as John Lithgow and Debra Winger, for the soundtrack for the cut, for the sound and for Best Production Design.

The film for Best Picture - Drama, Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine and James L. Brooks as a screenwriter in 1984, won the Golden Globe Award. James L. Brooks directed and Debra Winger was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Shirley MacLaine in 1984 he received the Premi David di Donatello and in 1985 nominated for the BAFTA Award. James L. Brooks won the 1984 Writers Guild of America Award to.


In the also based on a novel by Larry McMurtry continued years of tenderness that Robert Harling 1996 turned, played from the original only Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson. In addition, Bill Paxton, Juliette Lewis, Miranda Richardson, Ben Johnson and Scott Wolf took over roles.

After its release on 23 November 1983, the film played at an estimated production budget of 8 million U.S. dollars over 108 million U.S. dollars in the U.S. alone again. In West Germany, where the movie on June 4, began in 1984, he was seen by 1,223,179 viewers cinema, which gave him 16th place of the most successful movies of the German cinema in 1984.