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Mildred Pierce 

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2011)
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Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.




Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Kate Winslet ...  Mildred Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
Brían F. O'Byrne ...  Bert Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
Melissa Leo ...  Lucy Gessler 5 episodes, 2011
James Le Gros ...  Wally Burgan 5 episodes, 2011
Mare Winningham ...  Ida Corwin 5 episodes, 2011
Marin Ireland ...  Letty 5 episodes, 2011
Murphy Guyer ...  Mr. Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
Guy Pearce ...  Monty Beragon 5 episodes, 2011
Diane Kagan Diane Kagan ...  Mrs. Pierce 4 episodes, 2011
Christopher Koron Christopher Koron ...  Archie 4 episodes, 2011
Morgan Turner ...  Veda Pierce 4 episodes, 2011
Halley Feiffer ...  Arline 3 episodes, 2011
Hope Davis ...  Mrs. Forrester 3 episodes, 2011
Miriam Shor ...  Anna 3 episodes, 2011
Robb Webb Robb Webb ...  Radio Announcer 3 episodes, 2011
Margaret Hall Margaret Hall ...  Mrs. Floyd 3 episodes, 2011
Quinn McColgan ...  Ray Pierce 3 episodes, 2011
Erwin Falcon Erwin Falcon ...  Pancho 3 episodes, 2011
Elvy ...  Sigrid 3 episodes, 2011
Laura Esterman Laura Esterman ...  Mrs. Kramer 3 episodes, 2011
Till Schauder Till Schauder ...  Hans 3 episodes, 2011
Evan Rachel Wood ...  Veda Pierce 2 episodes, 2011
Evan Thompson Evan Thompson ...  Man with a Cap 2 episodes, 2011
Brenda Wehle ...  Mrs. Turner 2 episodes, 2011
Ronald Guttman ...  Carlo Treviso 2 episodes, 2011
Ken Jennings Ken Jennings ...  Small Man 2 episodes, 2011
Todd Aubrey Davis Todd Aubrey Davis ...  Houseman 2 episodes, 2011
Tommy Nelson ...  Newsboy 2 episodes, 2011
MacKenzie Meehan ...  Cashier 2 episodes, 2011
Remy Auberjonois ...  Starched Collar Man 2 episodes, 2011
Matthew Foster ...  Starched Collar Man 2 episodes, 2011
Marceline Hugot ...  Table Two Woman 2 episodes, 2011
Rocco Sisto ...  Mr. Rossi 2 episodes, 2011
Kaili Vernoff ...  Table Two Woman 2 episodes, 2011
Annette Arnold ...  Waitress Annette 2 episodes, 2011
Laura Rosenthal Laura Rosenthal ...  Waitress Doris 2 episodes, 2011
Mark Margolis ...  Mr. Chris 2 episodes, 2011
Darlene Violette ...  Waitress Darlene 2 episodes, 2011
Orlagh Cassidy ...  Woman 1 2 episodes, 2011
Emily Cass McDonnell ...  Woman 2 2 episodes, 2011
Scott Robertson ...  Mr. Rand 2 episodes, 2011
Bradley Mott ...  Mr. Rice 2 episodes, 2011
Mary Bacon ...  Young Mother 2 episodes, 2011
Bob McClure Bob McClure ...  Businessman 2 episodes, 2011
Sam Kitchin ...  Customer 2 episodes, 2011
Rachel Darden Bennett ...  Shirley 2 episodes, 2011
Lena Dunham ...  Nurse 1 2 episodes, 2011
Peter McRobbie ...  Dr. Gale 2 episodes, 2011
Susan Millard ...  Nurse 2 2 episodes, 2011
Max Brand Max Brand ...  Orderly 2 episodes, 2011
Victor Slezak ...  Dr. Collins 2 episodes, 2011
Margaret Reed ...  Maggie Biederhof 2 episodes, 2011
Paul Pilcz ...  Tommy 2 episodes, 2011
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ...  Mrs. Jaeckel 2 episodes, 2011
Maitely Weismann ...  Mrs. Levinson 2 episodes, 2011


Glendale, California, 1931: Mildred Pierce, a young mother with a talent for baking, is left a "grass widow" after throwing her husband, Bert, out of the house. Forced to hunt for work to support herself and her two young daughters, 11-year-old Veda and seven-year-old Ray, Mildred visits an employment agency, only to encounter job opportunities she feels are beneath her. Amidst her job search, she receives dating advice from her friend and neighbor, Lucy Gessler, and begins an unexpected affair with an ex-business partner of her husband's, Wally Burgan. When Mildred receives a call from the agency regarding an opening as a housekeeper to a wealthy socialite, she reluctantly agrees to meet with her. After cutting the acerbic interview short, Mildred seeks refuge at a local diner, Cristofor's Café, where fate, and a waitress named Ida, will play a role in shaping her future. Written by HBO Publicity

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Having It All Would Cost Her Everything.




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Did You Know?


During the DVD commentary, director Todd Haynes mentions that while on the set of this movie, Kate Winslet told Guy Pearce that he had been one of her biggest crushes when she was a teenager in the UK and he had a role on the long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours (1985). See more »


Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.18 (2011) See more »

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elephantine adaptation
19 October 2011 | by mukava991See all my reviews

Although "Mildred Pierce" was originally a novel, the story is familiar to most people as a glossy 1945 film noir in which Joan Crawford suffers in furs as her ungrateful daughter (Ann Blyth) steals her boyfriend (Zachary Scott). Strangely enough, the most engaging and gripping sections of this nearly 6-hour extravaganza of middle-class yearnings are not just the more heated of the mother-daughter battles but the painful struggle of the title character to find a job in a Depression-ravaged economy and a micro-examination of the frantic and messy business of running a restaurant, including the heartening camaraderie of the kitchen and wait staff.

There is much attention to the details of craftsmanship – pianistic, vocal, culinary, architectural, managerial and sartorial. When the movie concentrates on these matters it zips by, so sure is the treatment. The musical underscoring, always a key element in the evocation of the antique past, is too shrill at first but improves as the episodes unfold. For some reason Todd Haynes and his composer Carter Burwell have chosen to hammer us over the head at the start with a very loud jazzy piece, which is a bad idea because it obstructs the establishment of our acquaintance with the Pierce family. As the series progresses the musical elements are toned down. Mildred's theme song throughout is, appropriately enough, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows."

The accomplished Kate Winslet flattens out her melodious native Britspeak yet again to impersonate a drab American housewife. How many such roles has she played by now? I've lost count. It's a consciously colorless rendering of an intelligent, strong and very feminine woman, but not the type of woman who would stop traffic or even try to. The supporting actors are the ones with personality texture: Melissa Leo as a good-natured neighbor and business partner, Mare Winningham as a tough but sweet co-worker (speaking with a "New Yawk"-style twang like one of those sassy blondes from 30's movies), Guy Pearce as the corrupt hedonistic boyfriend, Morgan Turner and Evan Rachel Wood as child and adult versions of Mildred's warped and snobby daughter Veda. Brian F. O'Byrne as Mildred's estranged husband is just warm and tender enough to evoke some sympathy.

The production is so meticulously produced and masterfully photographed that you can get lost in the visual details but the scale is too large for the smallness of the story.

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Release Date:

27 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Blauvelt, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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