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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Wimperis (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
1 December 1942 (Sweden) See more »
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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:
Tear jerking excellence 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)
 
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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:
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:
Mr. Ballard:What goes to make a rose, ma'am, is breeding... and budding... and horse manure, if you'll pardon the expression. And that's where you come in, ma'am.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D Major, Op.39See more »

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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Tear jerking excellence, 17 January 2000
Author: Minty-5 from Sydney, Australia

At the time it was a sensation and one of great influence, which obviously hit home with many American families, with the reality of the War still of course very much alive. The ending is not the expected happy one, but is instead rather thought provoking, stirring and influential. Reality, or part reality is after all always better than the typical MGM musical. Today it is not possible for it to retain the power it held during the period, but one of the reasons it is still a good movie because it is great wholesome family entertainment.

The Minivers are a family with great fortune who are well over the average income earning line to be considered just a middle class family. This is obvious with the picturesque house designed by Mr Miniver the architect. Some of the scenes have now become more noticeably studio bound now, which was something I did not notice before because it was one of the first old classic movies I did watched, but it hardly matters, as it still remains one of my favourite movies.

Greer Garson, in another of her charming English rose roles, gives a superb performance, as the devoted and loving wife. Walter Pidgeon is also great in his role, the second of his teamings with Garson. The great supporting cast includes Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Richard Ney, Reginald Owen and Henry Travers. Henry Travers' as Mr Ballard, station master and a keen rose grower is in particular a memorable performer.

Elements of the film have been well combined with drama, romance, light humour, and finally, tragedy. It may have been given the Hollywood and typical glossy MGM treatment, but it hasn't forgotten either humanity or the sacrifices associated with war time problems.

Showered with accolades and awards at the time, the movie won Oscars for Greer Garson, Teresa Wright, screenplay, William Wyler and Best Picture of 1942. Walter Pidgeon lost to the dynamic performance of James Cagney in "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Henry Travers, and Dame May Whitty also netted nominations.

An agreeable screenplay and the direction of veteran William Wyler make this a forgotten treat. Few films have been as effective as this, and although its message may not ring as clear now as it did then, it has to be saluted for the war time morale it brought to movie goers around the world.

Rating: 10/10



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