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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:
War Drama Still Highly Significant 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:
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: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:
William Wyler openly admitted that he made the film for propaganda reasons. Wyler - who was born in Germany - strongly believed that the US should join the war against Nazism, and was concerned that America's policy of isolationism would prove damaging, so he made a film that showed ordinary Americans what their British equivalents were undergoing at the time. The film's subsequent success had a profound effect on American sympathy towards the plight of the British.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The "double decker" bus seen in the opening sequence is not a British bus at all, nor was it actually a double decked bus. An American bus was used, with a false upper deck grafted on to it. The American-style passenger door can be seen on the right-hand side in the bus's first appearance; a real London Transport bus would have had its door on the left-hand side.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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Life Goes On (2002) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Save the King!See more »

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41 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
War Drama Still Highly Significant, 29 June 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

With her peaceful English life suddenly thrown into turmoil by the Second World War, MRS. MINIVER continues to provide a solid rock of security for her family.

Released seven months after America's entry into the War, this film did a great deal to inform the American people about Britain's defiance against Nazi Germany and the steadfast resolution of the British people in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. Coming at a time of heightened emotions - as well as being expertly produced and extremely well acted - it is easy to see why the film earned 6 Oscars, including Best Picture & Best Director.

Greer Garson is completely marvelous in the title role, (for which she won the Best Actress Oscar), presenting a portrait of grace & courage under fire which transcends mere acting. She is representing an entire island full of women who grew the crops & ran the factories and kept the nation operating while the men went to battle. Through her wonderful performance, Garson shows how those she symbolized more than did their part in the fight against the Axis.

Two other ladies give outstanding performances in the film. As the local aristocrat, Dame May Whitty is properly imperious & proud, yet the viewer sees her character unbend over the course of the film to become much more vulnerable. Winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, lovely Teresa Wright is luminous as Dame May's granddaughter. Sweetly sensible, elegantly at ease, joyous during hardships, Miss Wright gives a performance not easy to forget.

In solid, understated roles, both Walter Pidgeon as Mr. Miniver & Richard Ney as his elder son, supply good support to the ladies in the cast. Pidgeon gets to pilot one of the Little Boats to Dunkirk and Ney becomes a flyer with the RAF, but both are performed in an almost subdued manner, leaving the heroics to the women.

A quintet of fine actors add small, deft brushstrokes to the movie's canvas: cherubic Henry Travers as the station-master who delights in the gentle art of breeding roses; blustery Reginald Owen as the local storekeeper who eagerly takes over as air raid warden; kindly Henry Wilcoxon as the village vicar; blunt Rhys Williams as the boyfriend of the Miniver's maid (comically played by Brenda Forbes); and Helmut Dantine as the pitiless German pilot who briefly invades the Miniver household.

Six-year-old Christopher Severn will either delight or annoy as the Miniver's talkative infant son. Clare Sandars, as his slightly older sister, is left something of a cipher by the script.

Movie mavens should recognize Ian Wolfe, uncredited as a boatman helping with the Dunkirk rescue.

The scenes involving the brutal aerial bombardment are still vividly suspenseful, focusing primarily on the faces of the actors involved.

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