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Wednesday, November 23, 1983 Austin American-Statesman C7 VACSlTy, Ml The best of terms iV'aiai'i 710EIEM WHITE 444 2796 2402 GUADALUPE 47443S1 24 HR ADULT THEtTPE NOTHING TO HIDE Extraordinary Brooks film gently explores shadows of the heart MISTRESS OPENS 6:30 1. AMmrVtLLE 3-0 (TC) plua LONE WOLF McQUADE (PQ) 2. MORTUARY (R) plus HOUSE ON SORORITY R0W(R) JO I MIWIHIMI mm By PATRICK TAGGART American-Statesman Staff 3 1 VIDEO TAPE KENT-SELL MA QAZINES-NO VEL TIES PEEPS IN 0 CHANNEL VIDEO ALL MALE AUDITORIUM i cfri1 Debra Winger, left, and a Shirley MacLaine 1 jkrA mMhar JAMES STEWART ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S 'REAR WINDOW' iA and daughter In 'Terms of Review til The comparisons with "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Ordinary People" are something we'll just have to live with. And as company goes, this is not a bad pair to keep.

But it's not quite fair to say that "Terms of Endearment" belongs in the category describing socially conscious films because the extraordinary "Terms" needs no banner to attract its followers. This superb drama, produced, written and directed by James L. Brooks from the Larry McMurtry novel, Is in a lofty class by itself, addressing its Issues as it creates them, shooting from the hip with deadly accuracy. That It is also one of the most profoundly funny movies of the year Is a Joy in itself, and it further serves to make tragic ingredients more lifelike. THE ACTION COVERS events spanning more than 20 years, beginning with the birth of Aurora Greenway's first daughter.

Aurora (Shirley Mac-Lalne) is quickly widowed, and the young Boston-bred mother begins a long life of single parenthood in Houston's comfortable River Oaks. These early sequences pass so quickly that one wonders if first-time director Brooks (he created such TV series as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The is ever going to stop long enough to tell a story. He does, and in a big way. It begins with the marriage of Aurora's daughter Emma (Debra Winger) to the earnest, second-rate academic of which Aurora so strongly disapproves. You're not special enough to survive a failed marriage," Aurora tells her daughter In the first of many amazing lines.

Emma marries anyway, and the remainder of the film is spent in observation of their ever-surprising but totally credible relationships to one another and their loved ones. I -When Brooks settles back to a more normal Brooks has polished from his days in television to the smart script of "Starting Over." Sometimes his language is so economical, so clever, that it jolts us; people just don't talk like that But he is also capable of capturing the sweetness or fear of intimate moments rarely Illuminated on film. IN ONE SUCH scene, Aurora lays beside Garrett in her bedroom, where she brought him ostensibly to view her prized Renoir. He's telling her about a special, once-in-a-lifetime feeling he had as a spaceman circling the globe hearing nothing but his own heartbeat "This is my special moment" Aurora says a few seconds after he finishes his story. He smiles, then he absently begins to chew on a fingernail.

"Don't be nervous," she tells him, and they share a laugh. In Just a moment Brooks conjures the hard road ahead of them, the bargaining that may or may not result in a relationship. The movie is full of such moments, and that is one of the reasons why "Terms of Endearment" will be special for a long, long time. GRACE KELLY WENDELL COREY THELMA RITTER Raymond burr mum ALFRED HITCHCOCK icnnur it JOHN MICHAEL HAYES pace after those initial sequences, the energy is passed on to the cast, among whom is not a single weak link. At least one character, Danny De Vlto's suitor, appears to have been created solely for laughs.

But Jack Nicholson's former astronaut Garrett Breedlove (a character created by Brooks) is vital, his relationship to Aurora as important as any other in explaining how the terms of relationships are negotiated. NICHOLSON, WHO HAS been stealing scenes since 1969's "Easy Rider," turns in a perfect Nicholson performance in a perfect Nicholson part in this case a hard-drinking, womanizing, 24-hour partier. Shirley MacLaine continues to amaze with her ability to hit just the right note in scene after scene. Winger's performance should silence what few of her critics remain; she is clearly one of the most naturally gifted performers now on screen. But the real star here is the writing, a craft uDotTtnaiMtrfrotrncoamiKnuKii I WiamOVK TCCKNICOUt 9M OT StUOOC NC EXCLUSIVE! EXTR HOLIDAY SHOW THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AT 5-00 VARSITY 2402 QUAD ALUPE 474-4351 rated PG for pro- "Terms of fanity, at the Americana.

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