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Mommie Dearest (1981)

The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

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The relationship between Christina Crawford and her adoptive mother Joan Crawford is presented from Christina's view. Unable to bore children, Joan, in 1940, was denied children through regular adoption agencies due to her twice divorced status and being a single working person. Her lover at the time, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lawyer Greg Savitt, was able to go through a brokerage to adopt a baby girl, who would be Christina, the first of Joan's four adoptive children. Joan believes that her own difficult upbringing has made her a stronger person, and decides that, while providing the comforts that a successful Hollywood actress can afford, she will not coddle Christina or her other children, she treating Christina more as a competitor than a daughter. Joan's treatment of Christina is often passive-aggressive, fueled both by the highs and lows of her career, the narcissism that goes along with being an actress, and alcohol abuse especially during the low times. However, Joan sees much of ... Written by Huggo

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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In a 1981 interview with Roger Ebert, Frank Yablans took the famed critic on a tour of the film's set, which he said cost 480,000 dollars. During the visit, he made sure to single out one particular piece of furniture. "This chair was originally built as a throne chair for Cecil B. DeMille for The Ten Commandments (1956)," he told Ebert. "What did we do? We painted it white. It looks perfect in this situation." See more »

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A plastic bottle of "409" spray cleaner is on the bar when Christina prepares one of her "Uncles" a drink; this brand did not exist at the time. See more »

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Joan Crawford: The biggest female star he's got... ever had... and he's burying me alive. Survive. Survive.
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To Each His Own
Written by Jay Livingston (as Livingston) & Ray Evans (as Evans)
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There is another Joan in town
22 April 2017 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Wow! Have you seen Feud? Where Jessica Lange plays Joan Crawford and gives her all the humanity in all its infuriating contradictions. It made me see What Ever Happened To Baby Jane - it was like watching it for the first time, after "Feud" - and now "Mommie Dearest" - Oh dear, Oh dear - It's not that Faye Dunaway is not very entertaining, she is, but her Joan is a one note, maybe one note and a half, a caricature trying to be taken seriously. Was that the intention or was it an accident? Faye Dunaway, in a lengthy interview/tribute with Ben Mankiewicz at the TCM Film Festival, didn't mention Mommie Dearest once, nor Mr. Mankiewicz asked her about it. Was it a demand from the star, not to touch the subject? - That sounds so Crawford. Mommie Dearest, the film is like an amateur movie made by professionals. On the other hand I recommend you to check Jessica Lange's Joan Crawford in "Feud"


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