Search - One True Thing on DVD


One True Thing
One True Thing
Actors: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham
Director: Carl Franklin
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     1999     2hr 7min

Based on Anna Quindlen's bestselling novel, this is a mother-daughter and father-daughter story, two for the price of one. But director Carl Franklin also tries to inject a police-mystery angle that it neither needs nor wi...  more »

     

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham
Director: Carl Franklin
Creators: Declan Quinn, Harry J. Ufland, Jesse Beaton, Leslie Morgan, William W. Wilson III, Anna Quindlen, Karen Croner
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Family Life
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/16/1999
Original Release Date: 09/18/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 09/18/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 7min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Similar Movies

Plenty
Director: Fred Schepisi
   R   2002   2hr 1min
Marvin's Room
Director: Jerry Zaks
   PG-13   1999   1hr 38min
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Director: Karel Reisz
   R   2001   2hr 4min
Before and After
Director: Barbet Schroeder
   PG-13   2004   1hr 48min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Then She Found Me
Director: Helen Hunt
   R   2008   1hr 40min
   
The Notebook
   PG-13   2005   2hr 3min
   
Stranger Than Fiction
Director: Marc Forster
   PG-13   2007   1hr 53min
   
Crossing Over
Director: Wayne Kramer
   R   2009   1hr 53min
   
Life as a House
New Line Platinum Series
Director: Irwin Winkler
   R   2002   2hr 5min
   
The Blind Side
Director: John Lee Hancock
   PG-13   2010   2hr 9min
   
Rails and Ties
Director: Alison Eastwood
   PG-13   2008   1hr 41min
   
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Single-Disc Edition
Director: David Fincher
   PG-13   2009   2hr 46min
   
Maid in Manhattan
Director: Wayne Wang
   PG-13   2003   1hr 45min
   
Up in the Air
Director: Jason Reitman
   R   2010   1hr 49min
   
 

Movie Reviews

A MOVIE TO TOUCH YOUR HEART
06/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"GET READY WITH THE TISSUES, HOWEVER, THE MOVIE IS SO TRUE TO LIFE AND WHAT HAPPENS WITHIN A FAMILY TOUCHED WITH A CANCER VICTIM. I CAN RELATE TO SO MUCH OF THE MOVIE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW CANCER CAN AFFECT YOUR FAMILY AND WHAT GOOD CAN COME FROM GIVING FROM THE HEART, THIS MOVIE WILL GIVE YOU INSIGHT TO WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE CARE GIVER AS WELL AS THE CANCER PATIENT. THE MOVIE IS WELL DONE AND I GIVE IT A FIVE STAR FOR QUALITY PRODUCTION. IF YOU HAVE JUST GONE THROUGH A TRAGIC SITUATION WITH CANCER, GET READY FOR SCENES WHICH WILL GIVE YOU INSIGHT INTO WHY PEOPLE ACT AS THEY DO."
Shifting Perceptions Lead to a "True" Understanding
cdset | Saylorsburg, PA United States | 02/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

""One True Thing" beautifully and poignantly demonstrates that appearances can be deceiving, and that what one sees on the surface doesn't necessarily reflect the deeper truth. In this brilliantly acted film, Zellweger (the daughter), discovers that her notions about her parents (Streep and Hurt) and about marriage in general were illusions, and, in turn, comes to a greater understanding of both her parents and the realities of marriage.Zellweger's relationship with her mother was always strained. and she looked down upon her mother's life thinking it provincial and small. Her father, the college department head and National Book Award winner, however, was put on a pedestal, appearing larger than life to her. When Zellweger moves back home to nurse her dying mother, she painfully discovers that her father treats her accomplishments as "small" and irrelevant (comparable to her view of her mother), and that he is far removed from her idealized image of him. She, in turn, comes to a new admiration and appreciation for her mother's perserverance and wisdom about life. Streep, one of our greatest actresses, can communicate more with a look on her expressive face than most actresses can with hours of dialogue. Zellweger, another talented performer, more than holds her own with the formidable acting talents of Streep. The two of them together create scenes of enormous power and emotional energy. They make this perceptive and absorbing film an unforgettable experience."
A Wonderful and Interesting Family Drama!
Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 05/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It seems less and less frequently that we get to see a superbly assembled cast of actors united in a story that tells itself in terms of its human interest, level of drama, and opportunity to learn something from the characters about the nature of life, relationships, and ultimately about ourselves. This movie offers such an opportunity. All of the cast memebers, but especially Meryl Streep and William Hurt, do an outstanding job in presenting this tale of a family in crisis, and the hidden secrets, weaknesses and strengths of its members and their enduring bonds to each other. The photography is well done, and the sound is excellent as well. This is a worthwhile and serious movie, involving some interesting intellectual issues about how the needs of a family of strong but loving individuals and quite strong and needy personalities clash and interact with each other over an increasingly critical stage of terminal illness for the matriarchal mother of this modern American family. Overall, then, I recommend this as an absorbing examination of an intellectual family with a range of family issues such as rilvary, and a number of hidden dimensions to the relationships within the family itself. It is painful to watch each of them struggle to deal with a member's decline and death due to cancer. One of the increasingly rare worthwhile movie experiences, and one well worth owning."
THE EXTRAORDINARY SOUL OF A REGULAR "HOUSE WIFE"
Shashank Tripathi | Gadabout | 06/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If there's one actress that can get into the skin of her character, Streep is it. She effortlessly portays a regular housewife, embroidering pillows and decorating cribs one minute, and being a veritable fountain of love and understanding the next! William Hurt turns in a convincing performance too, as the aloof and careless Regular Husband, while Zellweger adds a mean punch with her rich and dynamic presence. The theme is hardly anything earth-shattering, but there's a fine line between the genuinely moving and the saccharine, and under Franklin's low-key direction "One True Thing" succeeds where many pictures fail by maintaining its dignity and, just as importantly, its honesty. You won't cry out of a sense of obligation, but because the incredible cast drive the material straight to the heart. Highly recommended if you're in the mood for a stirring "Ordinary People" type of a drama. Keep a Kleenex handy."