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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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Meet the biggest MOTHER of them all! See more »

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18 September 1981 (USA)  »

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Maman très chère  »

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Paramount was the one major studio the real Joan Crawford never made a film for although she did come very close. In early 1953, Crawford was in talks to star as Sylvia Merril in a Irving Asher production of Lisbon (1956), an international spy tale adapted from a short story by Martin Rackin. The film was shelved though when after several rewrites Asher and Crawford weren't sure about the strength of the script. Joan Crawford and director Nicholas Ray (who had been hired to direct 'Lisbon') both went on to film the 1954 western Johnny Guitar (1954) for Republic Pictures. It was Republic that ended up making a film version of Lisbon (1956) with 'Maureen O'Hara' playing Sylvia Merril. See more »

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The color of the gift wrap on Christina's floor changes between shots. See more »

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Carol Ann: [embracing Christina at Joan's funeral] Chris-*tina*! *Tina*!
Christina: Carol-Ann.
Carol Ann: My little Tina. She always loved you so very much, Christina.
Christina: I need to believe that. I need so much to be able to believe that now.
Carol Ann: She did.
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Away in a Manger
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Awarrrarragh!!
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Indisputable classic of the highest order, 'Mommie Dearest' just SCREAMS cult hit every chance it gets, and just about ruined Faye Dunaway's reputation in the process. Mind you, there's nothing WRONG with Dunaway's performance, as a matter of fact, it's really good, but what's so good about it is how she plays every scene with fearless abandon, whether it's the wirehanger scene, the departure from MGM or chokeslamming Christina through a glass table, Dunaway gives 100% percent! And you should too! The first half is MUCH more frenetic then the 2nd half (aka young Christina vs Old) and the first part has all the best bits, but not to say the 2nd part is good too, it really starts to mellow out and (gasp) you start to feel SOME compassion to the old broad. Diana Scarwid is good too, although her playing what looks to be a 13 year old girl looks a bit too much.

This wasn't my first time at this rodeo (I'd seen this before) and I enjoyed it as much as I had the first time!


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