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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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Tagline:
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:
Watch out for the backs of the heads! See more (78 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)
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)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (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
 
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
 
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:
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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:K-16 (1944) | Finland:(Banned) (1943-1944) | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MMPDA rating: certificate #8034) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Second of eight movies that paired Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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62 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Watch out for the backs of the heads!, 27 February 2000
Author: nick-368 from Caversham, England

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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