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





Series cast summary:
...  Mildred Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
...  Bert Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
...  Lucy Gessler 5 episodes, 2011
...  Wally Burgan 5 episodes, 2011
...  Ida Corwin 5 episodes, 2011
...  Letty 5 episodes, 2011
Murphy Guyer ...  Mr. Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
...  Monty Beragon 5 episodes, 2011
Diane Kagan ...  Mrs. Pierce 4 episodes, 2011
Christopher Koron ...  Archie 4 episodes, 2011
...  Veda Pierce 4 episodes, 2011
...  Arline 3 episodes, 2011
...  Mrs. Forrester 3 episodes, 2011
...  Anna 3 episodes, 2011
Robb Webb ...  Radio Announcer 3 episodes, 2011
Margaret Hall ...  Mrs. Floyd 3 episodes, 2011
...  Ray Pierce 3 episodes, 2011
Erwin Falcon ...  Pancho 3 episodes, 2011
...  Sigrid 3 episodes, 2011
Laura Esterman ...  Mrs. Kramer 3 episodes, 2011
Till Schauder ...  Hans 3 episodes, 2011
...  Veda Pierce 2 episodes, 2011
Evan Thompson ...  Man with a Cap 2 episodes, 2011
...  Mrs. Turner 2 episodes, 2011
...  Carlo Treviso 2 episodes, 2011
Kenneth Jennings ...  Small Man 2 episodes, 2011
Todd Aubrey Davis ...  Houseman 2 episodes, 2011
...  Newsboy 2 episodes, 2011
...  Cashier 2 episodes, 2011
...  Starched Collar Man 2 episodes, 2011
...  Starched Collar Man 2 episodes, 2011
...  Table Two Woman 2 episodes, 2011
...  Mr. Rossi 2 episodes, 2011
...  Table Two Woman 2 episodes, 2011
Annette Arnold ...  Waitress Annette 2 episodes, 2011
Laura Rosenthal ...  Waitress Doris 2 episodes, 2011
...  Mr. Chris 2 episodes, 2011
...  Waitress Darlene 2 episodes, 2011
...  Woman 1 2 episodes, 2011
...  Woman 2 2 episodes, 2011
...  Mr. Rand 2 episodes, 2011
...  Mr. Rice 2 episodes, 2011
Mary Bacon ...  Young Mother 2 episodes, 2011
Bob McClure ...  Businessman 2 episodes, 2011
...  Customer 2 episodes, 2011
...  Shirley 2 episodes, 2011
...  Nurse 1 2 episodes, 2011
...  Dr. Gale 2 episodes, 2011
...  Nurse 2 2 episodes, 2011
...  Orderly 2 episodes, 2011
...  Dr. Collins 2 episodes, 2011
...  Maggie Biederhof 2 episodes, 2011
...  Tommy 2 episodes, 2011
Leslie Lyles ...  Mrs. Jaeckel 2 episodes, 2011
...  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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Director and screenwriter Todd Haynes decided that every scene should be from Mildred's perspective, and so required Kate Winslet to be in every single scene of the five hour miniseries. Winslet has publicly stated that this was her hardest shoot (around 18 weeks on set) since Titanic (1997). See more »


Version of Lux Video Theatre: Mildred Pierce (1956) See more »

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"Intriguing character piece..."
30 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

American screenwriter and director Todd Haynes' first mini-series made for television which he co-wrote with American writer Jonathan Raymond, is an adaptation of a novel by American writer and journalist James M. Cain (1892-1977) from 1941. It was screened Out of competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in 2011, was shot on locations in New York, USA and is an American production which was produced by Todd Haynes, American film producers Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler and American producer, screenwriter and director John Wells. It tells the story about middle-class housewife Mildred Pierce who lives with her husband Bert and two adolescent daughters in Glendale, California during the Great depression, and who's life changes immensely when she and Bert breaks up and she is left on her own to raise and be the sole provider of her daughters Ray and Veda.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by American filmmaker Todd Haynes, this nuanced period piece, a character-driven and dialog-driven psychological drama which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a pervasive portrayal that spans over nine years of an independent and courageous woman's rise from struggling housewife to influential business woman in the early 1930s. While notable for it's colorful, naturalistic and mostly interior milieu depictions, production design by production designer Mark Friedberg, cinematography by American cinematographer Edward Lachman, costume design by Ann Roth, fine editing by Affonso Concalves and Camilla Toniolo and use of colors, this character-driven, dialog-driven and narrative-driven fictional tale depicts a stately study of character and contains a prominent and jazzy score by American composer Carter Burwell.

This rhythmic, atmospheric and melodramatic coming-of-age story about a competitive, and obsessive relationship between a loving mother and her eldest daughter which examines themes like class distinctions, family relations and love, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, colorful characters, the memorable acting performance by English actress Kate Winslet, the fierce acting performance by American actress Evan Rachel Wood as the protagonist's ambitious daughter Veda and the notable acting performance by Australian actor Guy Pearce as the wealthy playboy Monty Beragon. An intriguing character piece which gained, among other awards, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2011.

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