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Mommie Dearest [DVD] [1981]

Release Date:04/25/2017

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by Filmmaker John Waters
    • How the sensational biography was brough to the screen
    • Joan Lives On
    • Life with Joan
    • Photo Gallery
    • The Revival of Joan
    • The film's cult following with John Waters and Joan Crawford Impersonator Lypsinka
    • The making of the film with exclusive behind-the-scenes stories
    • Closed Captioned


    Mommie Dearest
    When her adoptive mother Joan Crawford died in 1977, erstwhile actress/author Christina Crawford and her brother Christopher were left out of Joan Crawford's will, "for reasons which are well known to them." Industryites have suggested that it may have been this posthumous act of rejection rather than an alleged lifetime of parental abuse that inspired Christina Crawford to pen her scathing autobiography Mommie Dearest. The 1981 film version of this tome was evidently meant to be taken seriously, but the operatic direction by Frank Perry and the over-the-top portrayal of Joan Crawford by Faye Dunaway (whose makeup is remarkable) has always seemed to inspire loud laughter whenever and where-ever the film is shown. According to the film (and the book that preceded it), Joan Crawford was a licentious, child-beating behemoth, who stalked and postured through life as though it was one of her own pictures-more Strait-jacket than Mildred Pierce. This is the film with the notorious "wire coat hanger" scene, just in case you need a reminder. Surprisingly, one emerges from Mommie Dearest with more sympathy for the monstrous but intensely vulnerable Crawford than for her whining daughter (played as an adult by Diana Scarwid, and as a child by Mara Hobel). Our favorite scene: Joan Crawford dazedly replacing her ailing daughter in the cast of a daytime TV soap opera. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Faye Dunaway
      Faye Dunaway - Joan Crawford
    • Diana Scarwid
      Diana Scarwid - Christina Crawford
    • Steve Forrest
      Steve Forrest - Greg Savitt
    • Howard Da Silva
      Howard Da Silva - Louis B. Mayer
    • Mara Hobel
      Mara Hobel - Christina Crawford as child

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