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Mildred Pierce (1945)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 October 1945 (USA)
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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.



(screenplay), (novel)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Mildred Pierce dotes on her daughters while husband Bert looks to Maggie Binderhof for affection. They separate leaving Mildred to raise the girls on her own. Elder daughter Veda goads her mother about their lack of money and in response Mildred proposes opening a small restaurant. Realtor Wally Fay advises her while making numerous rebuffed passes and introduces her to Monte Baragon whose property becomes the first of a chain of restaurants. Mildred has an affair with Monte. Meanwhile, money-hungry Veda pretends to be pregnant by wealthy Ted Forrester in order to bilk his family of $10,000. Mildred tears up the check, is slapped by Veda, and orders her daughter to leave. After time away, Mildred returns to find Veda singing in a cheap club. Veda will return only if Mildred promises her desired (Monte's) lifestyle, so Mildred agrees to marry Monte in exchange for a third of her businesses. It soon becomes clear that something is going on between Veda and Monte. Mildred learns of this ... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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(gunshots)... Mildred! See more »


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Release Date:

20 October 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alma em Suplício  »

Box Office


$1,453,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Ann Blyth, Joan Crawford instructed her to actually slap her in the staircase scene. See more »


The placement of the hat-stand after Bert arrives home. See more »


Mildred: You look down on me, because I work for a living. Don't you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are presented with a background ocean scene that "washes" the credits on the screen. See more »


Referenced in Titanic (1997) See more »


Waltz in E Flat Major (Grand valse brillante)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Veda on the piano
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22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. Joan Crawford gives a stunning performance as Mildred, and I have never seen anyone with those eyes! I saw this with my mum on video when I was young, and I thought Joan was the most beautiful woman in the world! Color film could never give her such transcendent perfection. Butterfly McQueen, the maid Lottie, stole my heart as well; her sweet yet practical manner makes her an unforgettable asset to this film. You can't help but love her. Veda is a perfect nasty, her frozen beauty matching her frozen heart. I always thought that the penniless playboy looked like one of Tex Avery's Wolves! Watch "Red Hot Riding Hood" to see what I mean! It's a crying shame this movie only got one measly award. Even if you don't like Noir or older films, this one you can make an exception for. The sight of Joan in that incredible fur hat with THOSE EYES makes this more than just another movie.

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