One True Thing
The movie One True Thing was based on the book One True Thing.
Movie details for One True Thing
The movie was released in 1998 and directed by Carl Franklin, who also directed Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) and High Crimes (2002). One True Thing was produced by Universal Studios. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham, Nicky Katt, James Eckhouse, Patrick Breen, Gerrit Graham, David Byron, Stephen Peabody, Lizbeth MacKay, Mary Catherine Wright, Sloane Shelton, Michele Shay, Bobo Lewis, Marylouise Burke, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Diana Canova and John Deyle.
Book details for One True Thing
Quindlen hit a nerve with One True Thing, which captures an experience seldom dealt with in popular culture. (One exception: the sensitive 1996 film with Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio of the play Marvin's Room.) Though the heroine of One True Thing, Ellen Gulden, is a golden girl with two brothers who'll lose her career the instant she steps off the fast track, society concurs with her dad, who says, "It seems to me another woman is what's wanted here."
The book is a mother-daughter tale that should please fans of, say, The Joy Luck Club. It's not flashy, but it has a deep feel for the way children often discover, just before it's too late, who their parents really are. "Our parents are never people to us," Ellen writes, "they're always character traits.... There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat." The mercy-killing subplot isn't gripping, but the palpable sense of deepening family intimacy certainly is. --Tim Appelo