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Mommie Dearest ()


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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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Joan Crawford
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Christina Crawford (adult)
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Greg Savitt
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Louis B. Mayer
Mara Hobel ...
Christina Crawford (child)
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Carol Ann
Harry Goz ...
Alfred Steele
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Ted Gelber
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Barbara Bennett
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Mrs. Chadwick
Joe Abdullah ...
Captain
Gary Allen ...
Jimmy
Selma Archerd ...
Connie
Adrian Aron ...
Wedding Guest
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Christopher Crawford (adult)
Matthew Campion ...
Actor in Soap
Carolyn Coates ...
Mother Superior
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Radio Interviewer
Margaret Fairchild ...
Mother Superior
Phillip R. Allen ...
Pepsi Executive #1
James Kirkwood Jr. ...
Master of Ceremonies
Michael Hawkins ...
Pepsi Executive #2 (as Michael Gainsborough)
Matthew Faison ...
Pepsi Executive #3
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Pepsi Executive #4
Ellen Feldman ...
Ginny
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David
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Nurse
Victoria James ...
Photographer
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Vera
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Beth Simpson
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Pepsi Chairman
Russ Marin ...
Funeral Director
Nicholas Mele ...
Assistant Director #2
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Belinda Rosenberg
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Lawyer
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Helga
Norman Palmer ...
Male Guest
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Tony
Jeremy Scott Reinbolt ...
Christopher Crawford (child)
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Driver
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Decorator
Joe Warren ...
Mr. Dodd (as Joseph Warren)
Erica Wexler ...
Susan
Dick McGarvin ...
Tour Bus Driver
Brent Dunsford ...
Fan
Joseph Dypwick ...
Fan
Wendy Pitzer ...
Fan
David Sanderson ...
Fan
Iain Bruce ...
Assistant Director (as Ian Bruce)
Peter Paul Eastman ...
Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josh Gans ...
Boy on carousel (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Keith Paul Hunter ...
Orphan (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Perry

Written by

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Christina Crawford ... (book)
 
Frank Yablans ... (screenplay) &
Frank Perry ... (screenplay) and
Tracy Hotchner ... (screenplay) and
Robert Getchell ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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David Koontz ... executive producer
Neil A. Machlis ... associate producer
Terence O'Neill ... executive producer
Frank Yablans ... producer

Music by

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Henry Mancini

Cinematography by

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Paul Lohmann

Film Editing by

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Peter E. Berger

Editorial Department

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Greig McRitchie ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Nancy Klopper
Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Bill Malley

Art Direction by

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Harold Michelson

Set Decoration by

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Richard C. Goddard

Costume Design by

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Irene Sharaff

Makeup Department

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Kathryn Blondell ... hair stylist: Ms. Dunaway
Claude Díaz ... wig maker: Faye Dunaway
Lee Harman ... makeup artist: Ms. Dunaway
Charles H. Schram ... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker ... hair stylist
Sylvia Nava ... hair technician (uncredited)

Production Management

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Neil A. Machlis ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alan B. Curtiss ... second assistant director
Michael Daves ... first assistant director
Robert J. Doherty ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Matty Azzarone ... assistant property master
Jeff Clark ... sign writer
Kent H. Johnson ... property master
Eugene S. Kelley ... construction coordinator
Margie Stone McShirley ... set designer
Peter Van Zyl ... greensman

Sound Department

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Clint Althouse ... boom operator
David E. Campbell ... re-recording mixer
Denis Dutton ... sound effects editor
Cecelia Hall ... sound effects editor
Sean Hanley ... dialogue loop editor
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer
Larry Jost ... sound mixer
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer
George Watters II ... sound effects editor

Special Effects by

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Joseph P. Mercurio ... special effects
Ken Speed ... special effects assistant

Stunts

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Sherry Peterson ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Doug J. Campbell ... dolly grip (as Douglas J. Campbell)
R.B. Garig ... dolly grip
J. Michael Marlett ... gaffer
John C. Moulds ... second assistant camera
Leo J. Napolitano ... first assistant camera
Ralph Nelson ... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Guy Polzel ... key grip
Timothy E. Wade ... camera operator

Casting Department

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Deborah Brown ... casting: New York

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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James P. Cullen ... costumer
Bernadene C. Mann ... costumer: Ms. Dunaway
Eric Seelig ... costume supervisor: men
Andrea E. Weaver ... costume supervisor
Robert Iannaccone ... costumer (uncredited)

Music Department

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June Edgerton ... music editor
John C. Hammell ... music editor
Joel Moss ... music scoring mixer
Jack Sheldon ... musician: trumpet soloist
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Jonathan Williams ... musician: cello soloist
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Henry Mancini ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited) / score producer (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
John Neufeld ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joel Marrow ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Mauri Syd Gayton ... production coordinator
Mario Iscovich ... production staff
Ileen Maisel ... assistant: Mr. Yablans
Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor
Jonathan A. Zimbert ... technical advisor

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Plot Summary

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 her actions toward Christina as Christina purposefully provoking her. Despite the physical and emotional abuse Joan hurls at Christina over the course of their relationship, Christina, who often wonders why Joan adopted her seeing as to the abuse, seemingly still wants her mother's love right until the very bitter end. Written by Huggo

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Taglines To my darling Christina, with love...Mommie Dearest See more »
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Also Known As
  • Maman très chère (France)
  • Meine liebe Rabenmutter (Germany)
  • Queridísima mamá (Spain)
  • Maman très chère (Canada, French title)
  • Meine liebe Rabenmutter (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $905,920, 20 Sep 1981
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $25,032,261

Did You Know?

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Trivia In her 1971 book My Way of Life, Joan Crawford stated: "Of all the actresses, to me, only Faye Dunaway has the talent and the class and the courage it takes to make a real star." See more »
Goofs Joan Crawford was not "fired" by MGM. She paid the company to be released from her contract, and two days later signed with Warner Bros. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982). See more »
Soundtracks I'm Sitting On Top Of The World See more »
Quotes [addressing the men in the Pepsi boardroom]
Joan Crawford: Don't fuck with me fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo.
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