Mildred Pierce (1945)

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Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for her bravura portrayal of the titular heroine in Mildred Pierce. The original James M. Cain novel concerns a wife and mother who works her way to financial security to provide a rosy future for her beloved daughter, but encounters difficulties and tragedies along the way. Ranald McDougall's screenplay tones down the sexual content, enhancing its film noir value by adding a sordid murder. The film opens with oily lounge lizard Monte Beragon (Zachary Scott) … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James M. Cain, Ranald MacDougall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2003
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

Cast


as Mildred

as Veda

as Wally

as Monty Beragon

as Insp. Peterson

as Mrs. Biederhof

as Dr. Gale

as Miriam Ellis

as Mr. Chris

as Mrs. Forrester

as Ted Forrester

as Mr. Williams

as Kay Pierce

as Mr. Williams

as Sailor

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Reporter

as Peterson's Assistant

as Delivery Man

as High School Boy

as Waitress

as Waitress

as Waitress

as Pancho

as Waitress

as Bartender

as Mr. Jones

as Sailor

as Wally's Lawyer

as Attorney's Clerk

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Piano Teacher

as Singing Teacher

as Police Matron

as Delivery Man

as Personnel Man

as Personnel Man

as Personnel Man

as Houseboy

as Dr. Gale
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Critic Reviews for Mildred Pierce

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6)

The production, mainly because of Michael Curtiz's direction, is unimaginative and badly hoked-up.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
The New Republic
Top Critic

All this is good melodrama and fair entertainment, but it is much closer to the waltz-time schmalz of Kathleen Norris than to the fox-trot brass of James M. Cain.

Full Review… | July 25, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The archetypal Joan Crawford movie.

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A class feature, showmanly produced by Jerry Wald and tellingly directed by Michael Curtiz.

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The film is a chilling demonstration of the fact that, in a patriarchal society, when a woman steps outside the home the end result may be disastrous.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Joan Crawford is playing a most troubled lady, and giving a sincere and generally effective characterization of same.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mildred Pierce

½

The story of "Mildred Pierce," follows Mildred, a poor woman who is about to divorce her wealthy husband. Once this happens, she results to becoming a waitress in order to put food on the table for her children. She quickly moves up in the business and eventually takes a chance in creating her own restaurant chain. She becomes very successful and wealthy, but like all happiness, there is always an end. I absolutely loved every second of this film, even though there was an overload of cheesy lines and a scene (which I will not spoil) that was a little too random and subtle to be taken seriously. Besides it's few catastrophically minor setbacks, "Mildred Pierce" helms a spot at the top of my list of mystery films. This film is a journey that I would be willing to take, many more times!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

What a fantastic movie, I loved it, the story is great and the actors are even better! One of my favourite movies.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Ida Corwin: "Personally, Veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young." Too right. Joan's master performance a riveting film noir film with a suprising ending.

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Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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