Mommie Dearest, best-selling memoir turned motion picture, depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford.

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Based on the book about Joan Crawford, one of the great Hollywood actresses of our time, written by her adopted daughter Christina Crawford. Joan decides to adopt children of her own to fill a void in her life. Yet, her problems with alcohol, men, and the pressures of show business get in the way of her personal life, turning her into a mentally abusive wreck seen through the eyes of Christina and her brother Christopher, who unwillingly bore the burden of life that was unseen behind the closed doors of "The Most Beautiful House in Brentwood." Written by Geoffrey A. Middleton <gamidd01@morehead-st.edu>

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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The film was made and released about three years after Christina Crawford's auto-biography of the same name was first published in 1978 and about four years after Joan Crawford's passing in 1977. See more »

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After Joan says to tear down the wall and put up a window in the apartment condo, she turns around and a camera shadow is cast across her back. See more »

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[Christina has been discovered making out with a boy in a stable]
Joan Crawford: How? How could this happen, how could you humiliate me this way? I am ashamed to be your mother!
[to Mrs. Chadwick]
Joan Crawford: And you? How could you let this happen?
Mrs. Chadwick: Both students have been put on probation and will have no privileges for a month.
Joan Crawford: Probation. This is appalling. I have devoted myself to making Christina a proper young lady. That boy should be EXPELLED.
Mrs. Chadwick: Now, Miss Crawford. When this sort of thing has happened before, we've...
Joan Crawford: ...
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References The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) See more »

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"Why can't you treat me like I would be treated by any stranger on the street?"
23 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

"Because I am NOT one of your FANS!"

Simply said, this is superb trash. Enjoyable b.s. Faye Dunaway lobbied hard for the role of Joan Crawford (Christina Crawford wanted Anne Bancroft) and she admirably sinks into the part with relish. I loved the opening montage of "Joan" preparing for her day early in the morning: scrubbing her hands and nails, numbing her face in ice cubes, leafing through a script in her car, getting made-up, and then whirling around in her chair and letting loose with a breathy, "Let's go!"... Sadly, Frank Perry's direction is awkward and unsure, cutting off some sequences before they're allowed to build and letting other scenes ramble on. The movie doesn't do justice to the riveting book by Joan's adopted daughter Christina, committing to film the book's highlights, the talked-about bits where Crawford freaked out, but skimping on the details. We learn absolutely nothing about Christina's many tormented years in an L.A. Catholic Boarding School (we see her check in and we see her check out). Joan's marriage to Pepsi czar Alfred Steele and her three other adopted kids are also given the short shrift. What we do get with "Mommie Dearest" is pure, unadulterated Faye. She acts up a storm and revels in these primal opportunities. It's one of the highlights of her spotty career. **1/2 from ****


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