Mommie Dearest (1981)
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When her adoptive mother Joan Crawford died in 1977, erstwhile actress/author Christina Crawford and her brother Christopher were left out of Joan Crawford's will, "for reasons which are well known to them." Industryites have suggested that it may have been this posthumous act of rejection rather than an alleged lifetime of parental abuse that inspired Christina Crawford to pen her scathing autobiography Mommie Dearest. The 1981 film version of this tome was evidently meant to be taken
Sep 18, 1981 Wide
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Cathy Lind Hayes
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S. John Launer
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Michael D. Gainsborough
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James Kirkwood Jr.
Master of Ceremonies
Director Frank Perry, who collaborated with three others (including producer Frank Yablans) on the script, gives it all a certain crazed conviction.
Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.
Really no dafter, perhaps, than some of Joanie's own Warner Bros melodramas; the trouble is, it thinks it's Art.
There is nothing to string the episodes together into a coherent drama, and no insight into Miss Crawford herself.
Trashy soap opera drama on the private life of screen queen Joan Crawford.
Dunaway creates the benchmark for harridans the world over but never entirely loses sympathy for her subject. It's a constant blast of high melodrama and camp.
'No wire hangers -- ever!' That this apparently banal phrase has now achieved something like immortality is a reflection of the unbridled extravagance of Faye Dunaway's performance.
...relies almost entirely on Dunaway's histrionics to propel the story forward - resulting in a movie that's good for a few unintentional laughs but little else.
A peculiar hybrid: a high-camp Hollywood bio flick about child abuse, elevated substantially above its sordid material by Faye Dunaway's obsessively committed interpretation of legndary star Joan Crawford.
Cult underground director John Waters (Pink Flamingos) is the perfect commentator on this high-camp biopic of legendary star Joan Crawford and on Faye Dunaway's ferociously brilliant performance.
You've gotta give Paramount credit for resisting the urge to call it the "No Wire Hangers Ever! Edition." They're aces. True class.
Perry and Yablans fuse this formal schizophrenia with the cruelly episodic structure and fetishized period details of Hollywood biopics.
High camp about child abuse... oy Faye!
Audience Reviews for Mommie Dearest
- Joan Crawford: No wire hangers, ever!
- Christina Crawford: There's a liquor store to the right.
- Joan Crawford: I should have known you'd know where to find the boys and the booze.
- Joan Crawford: NO WIRE-HANGERS! EVER!
- Christina Crawford: Fiqures you would know where to find the men AND the booze!
- Christina Crawford as child: Jesus Christ!
- Joan Crawford: Christina, bring me the ax!
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