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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Wimperis (screenplay) &
George Froeschel (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 December 1942 (Sweden) See more »
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VOTED THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE! See more »
Plot:
A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 6 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The People's War See more (79 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greer Garson ... Mrs. Miniver

Walter Pidgeon ... Clem Miniver

Teresa Wright ... Carol Beldon

Dame May Whitty ... Lady Beldon

Reginald Owen ... Foley

Henry Travers ... Mr. Ballard

Richard Ney ... Vin Miniver

Henry Wilcoxon ... Vicar
Christopher Severn ... Toby Miniver
Brenda Forbes ... Gladys (Housemaid)
Clare Sandars ... Judy Miniver
Marie De Becker ... Ada
Helmut Dantine ... German Flyer

John Abbott ... Fred
Connie Leon ... Simpson

Rhys Williams ... Horace
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ... William (uncredited)
Frank Atkinson ... Man in Tavern (uncredited)
Sybil Bacon ... Contestant (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Policeman (uncredited)
Virginia Bassett ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
Louise Bates ... Miniver Guest (uncredited)
Guy Bellis ... Barman (uncredited)
Charles Bennett ... Milkman (uncredited)
Florence Benson ... Contestant (uncredited)
Art Berry Sr. ... Man in Store (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Bus Conductor (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Man in Tavern (uncredited)
Robert Owen Boulding ... Choir Member (uncredited)
John Burton ... Halliday (uncredited)
Gene Byram ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
Walter Byron ... Man in Tavern (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Bickles - Flower Show Manager (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Chandler - Lady Beldon's Butler (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Choir (uncredited)
Herbert Clifton ... Doctor (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Carruthers (uncredited)
Tom Conway ... Man (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Man at Flower Show (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Joe (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Man in Store (uncredited)
Joan Delmer ... Little Girl (in publicity photos) (uncredited)
Irene Denny ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
David Dunbar ... Man in Store (uncredited)
Billy Engle ... Townsman (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Miss Spriggins (uncredited)
E.L. Fisher-Smith ... Policeman (uncredited)
Leslie Francis ... Doctor (uncredited)
Sidney Franklin ... Man at Flower Show (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Porter (uncredited)

Gibson Gowland ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
Hugh Greenwood ... Contestant (uncredited)
Bobby Hale ... Old Man (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... RAF Flyer Running Out the Door (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Mr. Huggins (uncredited)
Billy Horn ... Boy (uncredited)
Harold Howard ... Judge (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Mac (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Policeman (uncredited)
Henry King ... Man in Tavern (uncredited)

Peter Lawford ... Pilot (uncredited)
Eric Lonsdale ... Marston (uncredited)
Thomas Louden ... Mr. Verger (uncredited)

Miles Mander ... German Agent on Radio (voice) (uncredited)
Stanley Mann ... Workman (uncredited)
Aubrey Mather ... George (uncredited)
Dan Maxwell ... Man in Tavern (uncredited)
Dickie Meyers ... Boy (uncredited)
Alice Mock ... Lady Passenger (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Saleslady (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Man in Tavern (uncredited)
John Power ... Man in Tavern (uncredited)

Charles Ray ... Man getting on Bus (uncredited)
Clara Reid ... Mrs. Huggins (uncredited)
Paul Scardon ... Nobby (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Car Dealer (uncredited)

Vernon Steele ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
Vivia Steele ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Farmer (uncredited)
Tommy Tucker ... Boy (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent ... Carol's First Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Kitty Watson ... Contestant (uncredited)
Ben Webster ... Ginger (uncredited)
Tudor Williams ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
Arthur Wimperis ... Sir Henry (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Glee Club Member (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Woman with Dog (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Dentist (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Wimperis (screenplay) &
George Froeschel (screenplay) &
James Hilton (screenplay) &
Claudine West (screenplay)

Jan Struther (based on the book by)

Paul Osborn  contributing writer (uncredited)
R.C. Sherriff  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Sidney Franklin .... producer
William Wyler .... producer (as A William Wyler Production)
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles: Miss Garson
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Strohm .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Urie McCleary .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as Arnold Gillespie)
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gile Steele .... wardrobe: men's
 
Editorial Department
John McSweeney Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ripley Dorr .... director: St. Luke's Choristers
Howard Dietz .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
134 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S (1964) | Finland:(Banned) (1943) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (1943) (re-rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1946) | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (MMPDA rating: certificate #8034) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
After first-choice Norma Shearer rejected the title role (as she refused to play a mother), Greer Garson was cast. Although she didn't want the part either she was contractually bound to take it, and won the Academy Award for her performance.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Mrs. Miniver hands the German pilot a bottle of milk to drink, spilled milk appears all over his coat the damage to the coat changes plus the milk down the front changes.See more »
Quotes:
Clem Miniver:She was a good cook, as good cooks go. And as good cooks go, she went.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Downton Abbey: Episode #1.5" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Onward, Christian SoldiersSee more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The People's War, 21 November 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

With the help of the extensive British colony in Hollywood, William Wyler directed at MGM the best World War II propaganda film to come out of our film industry. Mrs. Miniver won a host of Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress for Greer Garson, Best Supporting Actress for Teresa Wright, Best Director for William Wyler, all deserved.

Forget all the war pictures, this film about the trials of a British family just before and during World War II struck a poignant note with the American public. Showing how they were coping with the attacks on their civilian population made every American family identify with the Minivers. If they fail in their resolution to defend their blessed isle, we in America could be facing these same trials and depredations.

Like the people in The Diary of Anne Frank, the Minivers are such ordinary folks, caught up in a thing that was not of their making. The film opens with Greer Garson coming home after a shopping trip to London deciding how to tell her husband Walter Pidgeon about a new hat. On the way home, the stationmaster Henry Travers asks Garson permission to name a rose he's been cultivating for the flower show the Miniver Rose. Pidgeon's splurged on a new car and he's trying to figure out how to tell Garson.

The war comes and the Minivers and all their neighbors in their small country town have to deal with rationing and shortages and then the blitz as the ruling malignancy in Germany seeks to terrorize the British people into submission. As London took it as their Prime Minister said it would, so to do the small villages and hamlets, especially if they're located next to an RAF base.

Which is where their oldest boy, Richard Ney, is now stationed after having left Oxford. He's involved too, with a radiantly beautiful Teresa Wright as the granddaughter of the local grande dame, Dame May Witty.

Wright is involved in two of my favorite scenes. When she first meets the pretentious Ney and gently but firmly puts him down, who could help but fall for this girl. And her final scene with Greer Garson is what I'm convinced got them both Oscars. You have to see it, I can't say more and the hardest of hearts will be moved.

Pidgeon's moment comes when he's called away because he owns a small boat, a cabin cruiser we'd call it and ordered to take it to Ramsbottom. It's the beginning of the greatest citizen mobilization of the last century, the evacuation of the British Army from the beach at Dunkirk. He and thousands like him are told what the mission is and they could expect to be under fire at that beach and crossing 40 miles of English Channel. No one flinches and a very nice animated scene at night is showing all of these small crafts filling up the river on a date with history.

Garson also comes face to face with Nazism herself as she first is held captive and then turns the tables on a wounded Nazi flier who bailed out played by Helmut Dantine. Don't think all the women in America didn't think about coming face to face with evil right in their kitchens.

Both Walter Pidgeon for Best Actor and Henry Travers for Best Supporting Actor got nominations themselves, but lost to James Cagney and Van Heflin respectively. In addition Dame May Witty was also up for Best Supporting Actress, but lost to her fellow cast member Teresa Wright.

The valedictory for the film is delivered by Vicar Henry Wilcoxon after a bad raid in which several cast members are killed. With so much death and destruction waged on them at home, it has become the people's war, more a people's war than it was even in the United States with so many civilian casualties. We got a taste of it at Pearl Harbor and a much bigger taste on 9/11 in New York, Northern Virginia, and on the Pennsylvania countryside. The words of Henry Wilcoxon should be standard reading or viewing. It's what makes Mrs. Miniver such a timeless classic as we deal with another brand of totalitarian malignancy in this century.

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