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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:
A film which justifies its status as a major classic. 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 6, 1943 with Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon and Henry Wilcoxon reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Early in the movie, right after Mrs. Miniver gets off the bus and is rushing up the sidewalk, the camera's shadow falls across her face.See more »
Quotes:
Vicar:We, in this quiet corner of England, have suffered the loss of friends very dear to us - some close to this church: George West, choir boy; James Bellard, station master and bell ringer and a proud winner, only one hour before his death, of the Belding Cup for his beautiful Miniver rose; and our hearts go out in sympathy to the two families who share the cruel loss of a young girl who was married at this altar only two weeks ago...See more »
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74 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
A film which justifies its status as a major classic., 27 August 2004
Author: L. Denis Brown (ldbrown1@shaw.ca) from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

It must be over 50 years since I first saw this classic film, and for some reason I never watched it again until recently. To do so was an interesting experience - reliving many memories of the war years which I mostly spent in London. I think the reason why there was such a long interval before I decided to watch it again was a subconscious recognition that it was produced at a time of crisis, largely for political reasons, and a feeling this was unduly evident in the screenplay. Mrs. Miniver was released a few months after Pearl Harbour, at a time when many U.S. citizens wondered why their country should be expending its efforts fighting in Europe when it was Japan which had attacked them The film was quite clearly written, produced and directed with the objective of answering this question. Winston Churchill has made it clear that he regarded the release of this film as one of the biggest single contributions made to the allied war effort (worth, in his words, "a flotilla of destroyers"), and it is hard today not to regard the film as primarily a piece of patriotic propaganda. However the deft and capable direction of William Wyler and the almost uniformly great acting by the cast, particularly Greer Garson as Mrs. Miniver, go a very long way towards concealing the fact that one is viewing a film with a message and few would deny that the Oscars it won were thoroughly deserved. Mrs. Miniver certainly earns its place on any short list of film classics.

There are of course already many comments on this film in the database, I would have been reluctant to add any more but for the realization that people of my age who lived in England during the war are becoming increasingly few, and our comments - which must have a rather different perspective to those of younger generations - will not continue to be available for very much longer. Many of the very fine sequences in this film have already been reviewed more than adequately by others and I will not comment further on them; but two sequences which I found particularly evocative were the call on amateur sailors to help evacuate the British army from Dieppe, and the pub scene where the locals were listening to the British traitor Lord Haw Haw broadcasting from Germany and telling his listeners how futile any further resistance would be. In stating this, I am simply confirming that for such documentary type films people who lived through the events depicted will assess the film on the basis of their personal memories rather than on their cinematographic quality.

Ultimately, both on its first viewing and when viewing it again a few days ago, I found that for me watching Mrs. Miniver was irritating because it inevitably showed an American view of life as it was in England. Numerous very small points indicated that we were seeing a glimpse of middle class English life through American eyes. Whilst as an English born viewer I found this irritating, it did not in any way detract from the primary purpose of the film in showing Americans what life in wartime Britain was really like, and why their involvement in the war in Europe was so vital. Ultimately I had to accept that this was a great film which well deserves its classic status.

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