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Mommie Dearest

(DVD - 2001 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mommie Dearest


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The story of Joan Crawford's public/private lives, her alcoholism and child abuse, as seen by her adopted daughter.
Statement of Responsibility: Paramount Pictures ; produced by Frank Yablans ; directed by Frank Perry
Title: Mommie dearest
[videorecording]
Publisher: Hollywood, CA :, Paramount Home Video,, 2001
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Mar 16, 2014
  • toderrick rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a feisty, very entertaining film - crisply defined, borderline camp (Crawford's life was near camp, let's be honest here) and the cinematography, sets, the sharp dialog and costumes are superb, bar none. There are some intense, gripping, disturbing, funny scenes that shine and etch your memory. Faye Dunaway nailed this performance - Crawford was a big bold character in life, this has been documented. The over the top remarks are missing the focus of this fun film, it's suppose to be like a soap opera, that was Crawford's life. It's is very entertaining. 30 some years later this is still one of the top 35 movies watched on Amazon year after year.

Report This Oct 22, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Winner of 5 Razzie Awards, a camp classic (it has a large gay following) and basically disowned by star Faye Dunaway, you kinda have to see this. Dunaway goes full tilt as actress Joan Crawford, who is a monster to her adopted daughter. There is plenty of high camp, but, Dunaway aside, the acting is dull and the direction plodding. Worth is just for the line "No wire hangers ever!"

Report This Jul 26, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was just that Christina Crawford sold millions of copies of her book in the '80s, plus this movie deal, after her train-wreck Mommie Dearest cut her and her brother out of her will. However, Christina apparently wasn't pleased with Dunaway's over-the-top performance, and neither was Mommie. Dunaway is reportedly haunted by Joan Crawford's ghost, and she's mad as hell!! (lol)

Report This Nov 03, 2012
  • SpaceAngel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Horrorshow of all horrorshows._____ Released in 1981, Mommie Dearest is, without a doubt, a truly grotesque look behind the finely manicured facade of real-life actress Joan Crawford, one of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1940s and 50s._____ Adapted for the screen from Christina Crawford's scandalous "tell-all" autobiography, Mommie Dearest is a very eye-opening tale, indeed. As Joan's adopted, and allegedly abused, daughter, Christina slams her foster-mother, but good._____ Actress Faye Dunaway plays Joan Crawford with such unblinking ferocity that, at times, she comes mighty close to turning her portrayal into a literal parody-from-hell._____ Dunaway's over-the-top performance has got to be seen to be believed. At every possible opportunity she chews up the scenery into literal shreds._____ Yep. Mommie Dearest is, indeed, a genuine Hollywood oddity. There's no doubt about that._____ It clearly shows the viewer what little respect Hollywood has for its dead.

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Report This Jul 26, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Joan Crawford: "No... Wire... Hangers... EVER!!!"

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