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Director: Carl Franklin     Starring: Meryl Streep Renée Zellweger
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40106993
UPC: 025192044021
UPC 14: 00025192044021
Category Keywords: Family Relations  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"...[a] sad, honest film about love, loss, and learning the truth before it's too late.  Apollo Guide

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/5/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 128 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20440
Video UPC UPC: 00025192044021
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Meryl Streep
Video Cast Info Renee Zellweger
Video Cast Info Tom Everett Scott
Video Cast Info William Hurt
Video Cast Info Anna Quindlen - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Declan Quinn - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Carl Franklin - Director
Video Cast Info Cliff Eidelman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Harry J. Ufland - Producer
Video Cast Info Jesse Beaton - Producer
Video Cast Info Karen Kroner - Writer
Plot 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.


Oscar (1999)
   Video Award Name Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Actress

Golden Globe (1999)
   Video Award Name Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama

Professional Reviews

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

"...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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
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.

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 10 of 10
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.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Streep,Meryl
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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