Mildred Pierce: Season 1, Episode 5

Part Five (10 Apr. 2011)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 184 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 5 critic

Mildred is quite proud of Veda's accomplishments as a singer but finds that her daughter refuses to take her phone calls or respond to any of her letters. She and Monty Beragon spend some ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (teleplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10000 titles
created 27 Feb 2011
 
a list of 666 titles
created 28 Jan 2012
 
a list of 60 titles
created 18 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Part Five" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Part Five (10 Apr 2011)

Part Five (10 Apr 2011) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mildred Pierce.
« Previous Episode | 5 of 5 Episodes

Videos

1 video »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Paul Pilcz ...
...
...
Anna
Erwin Falcon ...
...
Wally Burgan (as James LeGros)
Eric Goldberg ...
Delivery Boy
...
...
Arline
...
Leslie Lyles ...
Mrs. Jaeckel
...
Sigrid
Edit

Storyline

Mildred is quite proud of Veda's accomplishments as a singer but finds that her daughter refuses to take her phone calls or respond to any of her letters. She and Monty Beragon spend some time together and she decides to buy his old family mansion. They also decide to marry and is thrilled when Monty arranges for Veda to come to the reception and sing for them. Success has only inflated Veda's ego however. She has many offers whether it be to endorse products or sing in New York City. Mildred however suffers a serious business setback when the restaurant in Laguna Beach starts to lose money. She's also had to increase her personal expenses to cover her expenses. She learns that Wally Burgan and Ida are quite prepared to push her aside. Mildred has been spending her money on Veda and her ex-husband Bert suggests that Veda will just have to contribute more. Her world comes crashing down when she returns home unexpectedly. It's a new beginning for Mildred who ends up re-marrying an old ... Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 2011 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Operatic pieces performed in the movie deviated from that of the book. Author James Cain's mother was an operatic singer and he carefully selected the pieces used in the book. The filmmakers decided to use a selection that more closely paralleled the conflict between mother and daughter. One selection is the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's "Magic Flute". The aria features a daughter that clashes wills against her possessive mother. See more »

Goofs

As Mildred and Monty are driving around looking at properties they pass by two brick houses, the second one with a Rolls-Royce coupe in the drive sitting in front of a white garage. The camera angle changes into the car and then the next camera angle is slightly pulled away but they pass by the exact same two houses with the same Rolls-Royce in the drive. See more »

Quotes

Monty Beragon: Sit down a minute and take a lesson in interior decorating.
Mildred Pierce: Love lessons in decorating.
Monty Beragon: Do you know the best room I was ever in?
Mildred Pierce: No, tell me.
Monty Beragon: That den of yours, or Bert's rather, over in Glendale. Everything in that room meant something to that guy. Those banquets, those foolish looking blueprints of houses that'll never be built. They do things to you because it's all part of him and that's why the room is good. And do you know the worst room I was ever in?
Mildred Pierce: Go on. I'm learning.
Monty Beragon: It's that ...
See more »

Soundtracks

My Reverie
Written by Larry Clinton
Performed by Larry Clinton and Bea Waine
Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What's a mother to do?
3 May 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Mildred misses Veda, so she goes to see Treviso, the man that 'discovered' her daughter. She offers to pay for the singing lessons, something that is refused by the conductor. Treviso compares Veda to a bitch. After all, he reasons, she is a 'coloratura' soprano.

Mildred happens to run into Monty Beragon in an unfashionable part of town. He looks as though he is going through a lean period. Mildred makes an unwise decision when she asks Monty to help out in looking for a house in tonier Pasadena, where he is an authority. Monty's house has been in the market for a while. Mildred loves the house at first sight, so she decides to buy it.

The restoration of the mansion in Pasadena eats quite a lot of Mildred's budget. She starts losing track of the business, taking sums for the decoration. The house comes with the marriage of Mildred and Monty. At the reception for their wedding, Mildred is surprised by the singing she hears. It is Veda, the prodigal daughter who feels quite at home with the new, and ritzier neighborhood.

Veda has an upcoming presentation at the Philharmonic. Treviso is conducting. It is more like a recital in which Veda's talents are displayed. At the end, one executive offers Veda a contract, but she is stopped short by her agent who has already signed her to a less attractive contract.

Veda continues to live in the new luxury she finds in Pasadena. Mildred starts to get pressure from the creditors. Wally comes back to haunt her in a legal maneuver. He recognized in Ida the perfect substitute for Mildred. As a result, Mildred stands to lose the business she started. The betrayal of Wally is too much for her. Bert, who always stayed by Mildred's side presses her to ask Veda for help, something that is out of the question.

After seeing Bert, Mildred goes home to have a serious conversation with Veda. She looks in her daughter's room, but Veda is not to be found. Finally, she decides to check with Monty, who tries to avoid opening the door to the room. To Mildred's surprise, Veda is seen naked in bed. Mildred goes ballistic and orders them out.

Mildred and Bert reconcile their differences and remarry. At the Glendale home, a small party has been organized to celebrate their union. Veda arrives unexpectedly to tell her mother she is leaving for New York. Mildred finally realizes what this girl has done to her and tells her to go to hell. A mother's sacrifice never was appreciated by the ungrateful Veda.

This last episode of the mini series takes a different turn from the original. There are a lot of things that do not make sense. Take the Philharmonic sequence, for instance. The creators make it a sort of a musical show that in real life never happens. The full orchestra is always on stage and the singer is just another member of the ensemble.

Up to this point, the adaptation was more or less somewhat believable, but the creators decided to go a different route that is quite a departure with the novel. All in all, the series was good, but the last installment left a lot to be desired. That said, Todd Haynes, the director has to be given credit for the atmospheric adaptation he got out of the novel.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
In defense of Veda jennygerms21-226-534587
Has anyone read the book? Elisabet Jonsson
Veda learns Opera in a few months? lordsuhn
Pasadena? TumJerrie
Cunnilingus Scene NOT gratuitous mjp0117-26-143834
Is Lucy a closeted lesbian? truscout
Discuss Part Five (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?