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Part Five 

TV-MA | | Drama | Episode aired 10 April 2011
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:

Todd Haynes

Writers:

James M. Cain (novel), Todd Haynes (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Mildred Pierce
Evan Rachel Wood ... Veda Pierce
Guy Pearce ... Monty Beragon
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Bert Pierce
Paul Pilcz ... Tommy
Melissa Leo ... Lucy Gessler
Miriam Shor ... Anna
Erwin Falcon Erwin Falcon ... Pancho
James Le Gros ... Wally Burgan (as James LeGros)
Eric Goldberg Eric Goldberg ... Delivery Boy
Mare Winningham ... Ida Corwin
Halley Feiffer ... Arline
Ronald Guttman ... Carlo Treviso
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Mrs. Jaeckel
Elvy Yost ... Sigrid
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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Allenhurst, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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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

Veda Pierce: Does it make a difference what she thinks? Or what she pays for?
Monty Beragon: You thought you held the strings on everybody, didn't you? You thought you could come around and dress me up and use me as bait to lure your famous daughter back to the teat!
Mildred Pierce: No.
Monty Beragon: But it was live bait, Mildred. It was live bait! And guess what? This time the quarry and the bait fell in love! No kidding! And for the first time in your life, there's nothing, you hear me, nothing you can do about it!
Veda Pierce: Darling, please. All this ...
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Connections

Featured in The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Felix Mendelssohn)
Performed by the Bartholdy Piano Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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