Terms of Endearment
- Holmes, Martha Stoddard
- Date of entry: Dec-31-1997
- Last revised: Jan-20-2006
The devoted, and antagonistic, bond between a dramatic, charismatic widow (Shirley MacLaine) and her quietly rebellious daughter (Debra Winger) is the focal point of this film's exploration of a range of human relationships and their changes over time and under various pressures, including that of serious illness. The major focus of the last part of the film is the illness and death of the daughter from cancer and its impact on her mother, her husband and children, and their immediate circle of friends and lovers.
Based on the 1975 novel by Larry McMurtry. James L. Brooks wrote the Oscar award-winning screenplay. Other Oscar awards were for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (MacLaine), and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Nicholson).