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Mrs. Miniver [DVD] [1942]

  • SKU: 6238993
  • Release Date: 02/03/2004
  • Rating: NR
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features


    • Greer Garson Academy Awards footage
    • Photo gallery
    • Two World War II-era shorts: "Mr. Blabbermouth" and "For the Common Defense"
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Mrs. Miniver
    As Academy Award-winning films go, Mrs. Miniver has not weathered the years all that well. This prettified, idealized view of the upper-class British home front during World War II sometimes seems over-calculated and contrived when seen today. In particular, Greer Garson's Oscar-winning performance in the title role often comes off as artificial, especially when she nobly tends her rose garden while her stalwart husband (Walter Pidgeon) participates in the evacuation at Dunkirk. However, even if the film has lost a good portion of its ability to move and inspire audiences, it is easy to see why it was so popular in 1942-and why Winston Churchill was moved to comment that its propaganda value was worth a dozen battleships. Everyone in the audience-even English audiences, closer to the events depicted in the film than American filmgoers-liked to believe that he or she was capable of behaving with as much grace under pressure as the Miniver family. The film's setpieces-the Minivers huddling in their bomb shelter during a Luftwaffe attack, Mrs. Miniver confronting a downed Nazi paratrooper in her kitchen, an annual flower show being staged despite the exigencies of bombing raids, cleric Henry Wilcoxon's climactic call to arms from the pulpit of his ruined church-are masterfully staged and acted, allowing one to ever so briefly forget that this is, after all, slick propagandizing. In addition to Best Picture and Best Actress, Mrs. Miniver garnered Oscars for best supporting actress (Teresa Wright), best director (William Wyler), best script (Arthur Wimperis, George Froschel, James Hilton, Claudine West), best cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg) and best producer (Sidney Franklin). Sidebar: Richard Ney, who plays Greer Garson's son, later married the actress-and still later became a successful Wall Street financier. Mrs. Miniver was followed by a 1951 sequel, The Miniver Story, but without the wartime setting the bloom was off the rose. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Greer Garson
      Greer Garson - Mrs. Kay Miniver
    • Walter Pidgeon
      Walter Pidgeon - Clem Miniver
    • Teresa Wright
      Teresa Wright - Carol Beldon
    • Dame May Whitty
      Dame May Whitty - Lady Beldon
    • Reginald Owen
      Reginald Owen - Foley



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A great propaganda film

      Posted
      Borlerline
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a great film about an English family facing attacks on their home and way of life. Mrs Miniver maintains a constant stiff upper lip in the face of all manner of German aggression and sorts out controversy at the village flower competition too. Awesome.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Best Wartime Movie Ever!!!

      Posted
      Dodgerdude09

      This simplistic movie sums up the determination of anyone trying to uphold the values during any wartime effort...Only peace can resultfrom humbleness, compassion, and possibly a rose. Compare to Willy Wonka, and you can truly understand...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie!

      Posted
      bryceage1
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is the kind of movie that you never forget! It is a beautiful movie and a must for any movie collector!!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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