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Four-Star Films : 'Terms of Endearment'

September 22, 1996|Kevin Thomas

James Brooks' Oscar-laden movie is one of the key American films of the '80s, and in 1984 it brought Shirley MacLaine (left) an Oscar as a brittle middle-aged woman coming to grips with Debra Winger (right) as her spirited daughter and unexpectedly falling in love with her next-door neighbor, a womanizing ex-astronaut, Jack Nicholson, who also won an Oscar. The film is marked by Brooks' extraordinary adeptness at blending comedy and tragedy while filling the screen with distinctive, amusing and entirely engaging individuals. A major treat (HBO Sunday at 8 p.m.).

Other Four-Star films airing this week:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid / Disney, Sunday, 10:20 p.m.

To Kill a Mockingbird / Disney, Monday, 12:10 a.m.

Twelve O'Clock High / AMC, Tuesday, noon, 6:30 and 11 p.m.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon / TNT, Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.

A Hard Day's Night / AMC, Thursday, 6:05 and 10:30 p.m.

Little Big Man / TBS, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

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