Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking.

  1. James L. Brooks

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Larry McMurtry


Top Billed Cast

  1. Shirley MacLaine

    Shirley MacLaine

    Aurora Greenway

  2. Debra Winger

    Debra Winger

    Emma Greenway Horton

  3. Jack Nicholson

    Jack Nicholson

    Garrett Breedlove

  4. Danny DeVito

    Danny DeVito

    Vernon Dahlart

  5. Jeff Daniels

    Jeff Daniels

    Flap Horton

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Status Released

Release Information

  • November 20, 1983


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 12m

Budget $8,000,000.00

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