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Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  1 December 1942 (Sweden)
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A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

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The Minivers, an English "middle-class" family experience life in the first months of World War II. While dodging bombs, the Minivers' son courts Lady Beldon's granddaughter. A rose is named after Mrs. Miniver and entered in the competition against Lady Beldon's rose. Written by Michael Rice <TheMikeRic@aol.com>

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In Her Arms . . . He Felt A Quiet Peace No Terror Could Disturb See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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1 December 1942 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Família Miniver  »

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$1,344,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jan Struther's book of essays, on which the film is based, was published in 1939. While some of the essays reflect the fear that England might be in a war, only the last essay occurs after war is declared. Some of the book's characters are the same as the movie's, but the events (the book has no plot) are completely different. See more »

Goofs

Just after Mrs. Miniver hands the German pilot a bottle of milk to drink, spilled milk appears all over his coat. The milk subsequently disappears and reappears on the coat several times between shots. See more »

Quotes

Carol Beldon: I know how comfortable it is to curl up with a nice, fat book full of big words and think you're going to solve all the problems in the universe. But you're not, you know. A bit of action is required every now and then.
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End of the film: AMERICA NEEDS YOUR MONEY BUY DEFENSE BONDS AND STAMPS EVERY PAY DAY See more »

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Onward, Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Sung by all at a church service
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Watch out for the backs of the heads!
27 February 2000 | by (Caversham, England) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful film Mrs Miniver still is 58 years later. Like Coppola's 'Gardens of Stone', it deals with war by following the lives of those affected by it, and without showing any combat. It's moving, but unlike many other films of the period, totally unsentimental, though has many warm and winning moments (Pidgeon spanking Garson as the maid walks in, following an eventful morning, to say the least!)

Two sequences particularly clicked on this viewing. The first involves the son/pilot who is recalled to service abruptly when his leave has only just begun. He goes upstairs to get his belongings, the mother and fiancée are left in the room, with the backs of their heads to camera - a most unusual shot 'against the rules' of filming. Then you realise the centre of attention is the space left on the stair by the son - they and we are missing him, awaiting his return, but only for a moment as he must leave again. It's as poignant as the doorway framing scenes in 'The Searchers', and rather subtle.

Another scene is the family in the air raid shelter undergoing a bombing attack. The claustrophobia of the situation, and the bravery and dignity of the powerless family caught there, is focused by a single point of view. The unspoken fear is on the face of Garson, vocalised by the kids who finally awake as the bombardment increases. Long, simple takes perfectly capture the intense atmosphere (and exceptional acting.

When I was young I never appreciated this art of 'invisible' film-making, and just why such directors as William Wyler or Preston Sturges or Billy Wilder do such a good job without you even noticing. The fact their films stand the test of time so well is testament to their wonderful abilities as film-makers.


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