Rolling Stone - 10/15/1998
"...Streep and Zellweger nail every laugh and tear..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/16/1998
"...A gold-plated cast..."
Premiere - 10/01/1998
"...Extraordinary performances and restrained direction....ONE TRUE THING is a rare thing: an unsentimental heart-wrencher..."
New York Times - 09/18/1998
"...Ms. Streep's performance is as uncomprimised as any she's given....[It's] real enough to be a film you can believe in..."
Box Office - 11/01/1998
"...Franklin directs with welcome simplicity, letting the characters do the talking....With acting of this caliber, it's a wise move..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/18/1998
"...ONE TRUE THING demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking..."
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.
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.
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The film was released theatrically in the United States on September 18, 1998.
ONE TRUE THING was filmed in various New Jersey locations.