One True Thing

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An engaging, often humorous story of an ambitious young journalist who returns to her family only to find that rediscovering her parents mean redefining herself in ways she never expected. Insightful, inspiring and unforgettable, one true thing is truly a film that touches the heart.


Studio Universal
SKU 40106993
UPC 025192044021
UPC 14 00025192044021
Format DVD
Release Date 10/5/2010
Rating Rating
Family Relations
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note ONE TRUE THING tells the sobering story of a family whose strength is tested when tragedy strikes. Ellen Gulden (Renee Zellweger), a writer living in New York City, has dedicated her life to becoming a successful journalist. When she learns that her mother, Kate (Meryl Streep--nominated for an Oscar for her performance) is dying of cancer, her life is forever altered. Ellen's father, George Gulden (William Hurt), a National Book Award winner and university professor, pressures her into moving home and sacrificing her own life for her mother's sake. The pressure of running the household combined with the pain of seeing her mother grow terminally ill threatens to overwhelm Ellen, and she is further upset when she discovers that her father may not be the ideal she thought he was. Based on the book by journalist Anna Quindlen, ONE TRUE THING tackles its serious subject matter without becoming heavy-handed, a tribute to Carl Franklin's (ONE FALSE MOVE) accomplished, compassionate direction.
Plot Summary
Summary Renee Zellweger plays a tough, cynical New York City journalist whose mother (Meryl Streep) becomes afflicted with a serious illness. This news forces her to quit her job and end a serious relationship so that she can move back home and take care of her. As the journey unfolds, she begins to learn more about her past, which forces her to come to terms with her feelings of bitterness. Featuring impassioned performances by the entire cast, ONE TRUE THING is a powerful family drama.
Rolling Stone "...Streep and Zellweger nail every laugh and tear..." 10/15/1998 p.134
Entertainment Weekly "...A gold-plated cast..." 10/16/1998 p.61
Premiere "...Extraordinary performances and restrained direction....ONE TRUE THING is a rare thing: an unsentimental heart-wrencher..." 10/01/1998 p.30
New York Times "...Ms. Streep's performance is as uncomprimised as any she's given....[It's] real enough to be a film you can believe in..." 09/18/1998 p.E1
Box Office "...Franklin directs with welcome simplicity, letting the characters do the talking....With acting of this caliber, it's a wise move..." 11/01/1998 p.157
Los Angeles Times "...ONE TRUE THING demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking..." 09/18/1998 p.C1
Carl Franklin
Meryl Streep
Renée Zellweger
Cast & Crew
Meryl Streep - Actor
Renee Zellweger - Actor
Tom Everett Scott - Actor
William Hurt - Actor
Anna Quindlen - Based On Novel By
Declan Quinn - Cinematographer
Carl Franklin - Director
Cliff Eidelman - Musical Score
Harry J. Ufland - Producer
Jesse Beaton - Producer
Karen Kroner - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 20440
UPC 00025192044021
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 128 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1999) Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Actress
Golden Globe (1999) Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Sometimes, the performance of one actor can elevate a mediocre script to the level of solid entertainment. This is a phenomenon we see again and again, and One True Thing is just the latest example. Perhaps surprisingly, however, that performance does not come from veteran screen presence Meryl Streep... The one who rivets our attention with her pouty expression and subtle demonstrations of pain is RenŽe Zellweger, showing an extension of the talent she exhibited in both Jerry Maguire and The Whole Wide World... There's no denying that One True Thing is affecting, and, although the plot rarely excels, the actors bring enough to their roles to transform this motion picture into a satisfying weeper.
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Exceptional, moving family drama... Superb acting and the constant ring of truth distinguish this adaptation by Karen Croner of Anna Quindlen's best-selling novel.
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Streep,Meryl
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Apollo Guide ...[a] sad, honest film about love, loss, and learning the truth before it's too late.

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