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Mommie Dearest [1981] [DVD]

Faye Dunaway , Diana Scarwid , Frank Perry    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva, Mara Hobel
  • Directors: Frank Perry
  • Writers: Frank Perry, Frank Yablans, Christina Crawford, Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner
  • Producers: David Koontz, Frank Yablans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012SZAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Joan Crawford as a mother... Based on the harrowing memoir by adopted daughter Christina Crawford, This captivating melodrama provi des a different look at stardom, motherhood and obsession, with an amazing impersonation by Dunaway.

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audio in italianola vita di lucille le seur, in arte joan crawford (1904-77) raccontata dalla figlia adottiva christine: era una madre nevrotica, alcolizzata, collerica, egoista, dura ai limiti del sadismo. film diseguale che alterna calibrate sequenze di vita familiare con il classico conflitto tra genitori e figli a tremendi passaggi di cinema a sensazione durante i quali non si sa se ridere o piangere. l'interpretazione di f. dunaway e' ammirevole per il modo in cui, pur non nascondendo ne' mistificando gli aspetti negativi del personaggio, cerca di suggerirne la tenacia nel salvare la propria identita' (e il suo statuto di diva), sacrificando ogni emozione. impressionante il mausoleo di art de'co che j. crawford chiamava casa. h. da silva fa louis b. mayer.


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Lets face it for those of you who have ever read anything about Joan Crawford then you will know that she was a very strict mother, she was under a lot of pressure to keep her carreer going and Cristina was a handful, from what I have read and I have read quite a lot about Crawford then I would say 60% of this film is true, though it was filmed and screenplayed for dramatic efect, if you have ever read the book Mommie Dearest it is nowere near as scathing as the film script was written, however if you bear this in mind then the film is very entertaining. The original actress to play the role was Ann Baxter who filmed for about a week before she decided she could not play Crawford in such a bad light and walked off the set. She was replaced with Faye Dunaway who did a great job on the film, though not exactly built like crawford in stature or features she does a good job. I like this film and you have to remember that if Joan was a saint it would not make such good viewing. So many funny lines in this its really worth a watch.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tina, fetch me the axe!" 18 April 2009
By A. Bear
Format:DVD
Containing possibly some of the best lines in a motion picture ever, this film is worth watching for the towering, over-the-top and high camp portrayal of a true diva by another true diva! It is pure pantomime from start to finish and is perfect viewing with a group of friends - watch it before they arrive so you know all the best lines and shout them out. Don't watch it with the idea that this is a serious film about the life of Miss Joan Crawford, dive in and enjoy a truly guilty pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp Classic 4 Aug 2011
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Surely one of the greatest 'camp' classics. Ever. Full of terrific oneliners - 'Tina, brrrrrrrrriing me the axe!' - and acting that can only be described as over-the-top of over-the-top.

Faye Dunaway (although she later blamed the film for her career decline) is outstanding as the mentally unbalanced, semi-alcoholic, 'clean freek' Crawford but recieves great support from a cast of cameo's.

Although perhaps a tad-too long and, of course, the story can hardly be called fact (even as a scripted bio its probably myth) but as cinema, it makes for one helluva movie! So, get the popcorn and a note-pad & pen (to write down the oneliners, for use in everyday life.....'no more wire coat hangers, EVER!!') and enjoy one of the most mad movies ever to grace the silver screen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mommie Dearest 16 Nov 2013
By jan
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Great biopic. Quite happy that I managed to buy this film. Hard to believe Joan Crawford was so cruel yet so brilliant. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching 24 Mar 2012
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The movie shows you the emptiness that is behind the fasade of some Hollywood stars and how their children suffer. It was hard to watch at times, but touching to see how her daughter could finally find peace by showing the world the truth and standing up for herself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit OTT 19 Oct 2011
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Great watching Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford and I have to agree with others that it was a bit over the top, shame Christina did this book after death, as poor Joan could not agree or disagree.
Even the film shows this little girl as a bit of a brat; and Joan as very competitive towards her, not a good mix for a happy relationship.
I have seen Christina being interviewed in real life film and she oozes hatred and self pity, if what she says is true about Joan's behaviour toward her surly the book she has written should have been cathartic in cleansing her of all that bitterness so she could move on with her own life; unless she revels in martyrdom.
A great OTT movie
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 Oct 2012
By Zoonie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I watched this in the company of a relative who had not read the book. She had difficulty following the story, mainly because the film is just a series of dramatic scenes with little to link them and no indication of the characters' motivations; no hint that the adopted child may at best be exaggerating and at worst be lying. These doubts are uppermost when one reads the original rather whining, gossipy tale of drunkenness, cruelty and neglect in luxurious surroundings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie 14 Mar 2014
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Great performances from great actors, an unusual film of an superstars life, don't know if I believe it all. !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My dearest mommie loves it!
Bought this for my mother, and when it came she litteraly watched it 5 times in a row, only to continue the Mommie Dearest marathon the Next day.
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas Rasmussen
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting film
Shocking how the other half live and what can go on behind closed doors. Very interesting film. Very pleased with the delivery service, no waiting :)
Published 2 months ago by S carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Monster
Based on the book written by Joanies' daughter, this film tells the story of the battle between Joan and Christina. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Bridgeman Swansea
5.0 out of 5 stars hollywood classic.
again a hollywood classic the story behind the glamour. what happened away from the glare of the public but demonstrates money is not everything.
Published 4 months ago by ann-marie blaney
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic on a screen ledgend
The book hit the head-line, The kiss and tell story of Loan Crawford daughter exposing child abuse. It is not always easy watching and it give an insight into the screen ledge of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gra
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked mother
One of the old classic films Crawford played the psyco mum and it was very very good film. And sad as well
Published 5 months ago by Meta
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book....
Great acting but a tad OTT. Christina was no saint but didn't deserve the mental and physical abuse depicted by her OCD, self confessed alcoholic mother either. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Crawford
3.0 out of 5 stars Scenery-chewing fun!
This overheated - rather too long - camp melodrama is enjoyable and rather amusing if you don't take it seriously. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Adrian Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on true story
Wow this DVD was scary if its true. Joan crawford was a good actress but this depicts her as a crazed parent. Faye dunaway did a marvellous acting job. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
first saw this movie with my mum when i was a lot younger and now in my 40's i still love it Faye Dunaway is brilliant i bought 2 copies and gave one t ma daughter who also loves... Read more
Published 13 months ago by lulu
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