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The Evening Star

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Original title
The Evening Star
Year
Running time
129 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Robert Harling (Novel: Larry McMurtry)
Music
William Ross
Cinematography
Don Burgess
Cast
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Producer
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Comedy. Drama | Sequel
Movie Groups
Larry McMurtry Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
Picking up the story thread left by 1983's Terms of Endearment, this overwrought sequel is made palatable by Shirley MacLaine's charismatic performance, which in turn is nearly equaled by Marion Ross's role as her housekeeper. An unexpected surprise, Ross obviously was never allowed to display her range as Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days. Returning as the vibrant Aurora Greenway, MacLaine far outshines the thin material involving the tangled and unhappy lives of her three grandchildren. The plot picks up 13 years after the death of Greenway's daughter (played by Debra Winger in the original). One of the kids is in jail; one is living in poverty. Her granddaughter, played with prickly rebelliousness by Juliette Lewis, is heading for all sorts of trouble. The plot, told in disconnected and maudlin episodic segments, often borders on the absurd. The characters screech and weep, one of them dies, then we watch others screech and weep some more. So why bother? Because it is occasionally quite witty, and MacLaine indeed shines as brightly as the evening star to which she is compared. Both movies were based on novels by Larry McMurtry.
Awards
1996: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Marion Ross)
1996: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Richardson)
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