Released in 1983, Terms of Endearment won Best Picture, Best Actress (Shirley Maclaine) Best Director (James Brooks), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Brooks).
Roger Ebert called it "a wonderful film:" He wrote,"There isn't a thing that I would change, and I was exhilarated by the freedom it gives itself to move from the high comedy of Nicholson's best moments to the acting of Debra Winger in the closing scenes."
Meg Wolitzer on Terms of Endearment:
Terms of Endearment, though it has Jack Nicholson in top form in its cast, is a movie that's firmly carried by women. And not only that, but women being funny. (At least most of the way.) Imagine an era when two strong actresses (Shirley Maclaine and Debra Winger) could open a very commercial film. That era feels so long ago, and when you see this film, with its combination of smart written comedy, fully developed characters and, finally pathos, you may wish it was 1983 all over again.
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