Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Director: James L. Brooks | Genre: Comedy, Drama

Released: 1983 | Runtime: 132 min

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

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Terms of Endearment Quotes

  • [Lying in the surf after being thrown from the car]
    Garrett Breedlove: If you wanted to get me on my back, all you had to do was ask me.
  • [Upon hearing of her daughter's pregnancy]
    Aurora Greenway: Why should I be happy about being a grandmother?
    Flap Horton: Does this mean you won't be knitting the baby any booties?
  • Aurora Greenway: This is my moment.
  • Aurora Greenway: Grown women are prepared for life's little emergencies.
  • Emma Horton: You both of you have beautiful eyes and your hair is too long. I mean, I don't care how long it gets in the back, but keep your bangs cut, OK, it's too long.
    Tommy Horton: That's a matter of opinion.
    Emma Horton: Just keep it short, alright?
    Tommy Horton: Are you getting well?
    Emma Horton: Look, I'm sorry about this but I can't help it, and I can't talk to you for too long or I'll get real upset. I want you to make a lot of friends. And I want you to be real nice to the girls 'cause they're gonna be real important to you, I swear.
    Tommy Horton: I'm not afraid of girls. What makes you think that?
    Emma Horton: Well, you may be later on.
    Tommy Horton: I doubt it.
    Teddy Horton: Why don't you shut up? Shut up!
    Tommy Horton: You shut up!
    Emma Horton: Ted, give me a kiss, come on. Tommy, you be sweet. Be sweet. And stop tryin' to pretend like you hate me. I mean, it's silly.
    Tommy Horton: I like you.
    Emma Horton: OK then, will you listen especially close?
    Tommy Horton: What?
    Emma Horton: Listen real hard?
    Tommy Horton: I said 'what'?
    Emma Horton: I know you like me. I know it. For the last year or two, you've been pretending like you hate me. I love you very much. I love you as much as I love anybody, as much as I love myself. And in a few years when I haven't been around to be on your tail about something or irritating you, you could... remember that time that I bought you the baseball glove when you thought we were too broke. You know? Or when I read you those stori
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