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Mommie Dearest [1981] [DVD]

Faye Dunaway , Diana Scarwid , Frank Perry    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012SZAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,689 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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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
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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 Five Stars 14 July 2014
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Great
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