One True Thing

One True Thing

Meryl Streep
Director: Carl Franklin Cast: Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
, Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
, William Hurt
William Hurt
Carl Franklin


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Carl Franklin directed this family drama adapted from the 1995 novel by former New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen about a young woman who goes back home to take care of her dying mother. In 1987-88, independent Ellen Gulden (Renee Zellweger), a Harvard grad, is working on a New York Magazine investigative article when she hears from her father, George (William Hurt), a literary critic and university professor. He tells Ellen she's needed at home to care for her mother, Kate (Meryl Streep), who's due for surgery. Ellen needs to get away from the problems of her relationship with her boyfriend Jordan (Nicky Katt), but she plans to continue work on the magazine article from home. In truth, Ellen is uncomfortable with her mother's various ladies club lunches, and holiday preparations, and she finds communication with her mother awkward. Once Ellen arrives back home, she's dismayed to find herself caught in the web of her mother's Middle America activities. Ellen's attitude changes when it becomes apparent this probably will be the final Thanksgiving and Christmas with all family members present. But tensions erupt as long-buried family secrets emerge. Locations in New Jersey were used to create the film's Eastern coastal college town. Shown at the 1998 Montreal Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2018
UPC: 0191329084793
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Universal Mod
Sales rank: 24,086

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Kate Gulden
Renée Zellweger Ellen Gulden
William Hurt George Gulden
Tom Everett Scott Brian Gulden
Lauren Graham Jules
Nicky Katt Jordan Belzer
James Eckhouse District Attorney
Patrick Breen Mr. Tweedy
Gerritt Graham Oliver Most

Technical Credits
Carl Franklin Director
Jesse Beaton Producer
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Croner Screenwriter
Cliff Eidelman Score Composer
Sam Hoffman Asst. Director
Carole Kravetz Editor
Leslie Morgan Executive Producer
Dale Pierce Nielsen Casting
Elaine O'Donnell Set Decoration/Design
Jono Oliver Asst. Director
Rick Pagano Casting
Paul Peters Production Designer
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Declan Quinn Cinematographer
Jefferson Sage Art Director
Harry Ufland Producer
William W. Wilson Executive Producer
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer
Anna Quindlen Source Author

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