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It is 1939, Joan Crawford is one of Hollywood's biggest stars. But she tells boyfriend lawyer Greg Savitt that she isn't content living in her Brentwood mansion with just her devoted secretary Carol Ann and housekeeper Helga. Greg arranges for Joan to adopt a baby girl. Joan names her Christina and promises "to give her all the things I never had." But Joan is obsessed with perfection, and Christina finds it impossible to live up to her mother's standards.
To my darling Christina, with love...Mommie Dearest
Title: Mommie Dearest
Release Date: September 16, 1981
Runtime: 129 mins
All Genres: Biography, Drama, Thiller
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M
MPAA Rating: PG
Faye Dunaway ...Joan Crawford
Diana Scarwid ...Christina Crawford (adult)
Steve Forrest ...Greg Savitt
Howard Da Silva ...Louis B. Mayer
Mara Hobel ...Christina Crawford (child)
Rutanya Alda ...Carol Ann
Harry Goz ...Alfred Steele
Michael Edwards ...Ted Gelber
Jocelyn Brando ...Barbara Bennett
Priscilla Pointer ...Mrs. Chadwick
Joe Abdullah ...Captain
Gary Allen ...Jimmy
Selma Archerd ...Connie
Adrian Aron ...Wedding Guest
Xander Berkeley ...Christopher Crawford (adult)
Matthew Campion ...Actor in Soap
Carolyn Coates ...Mother Superior
Jerry Douglas ...Radio Interviewer
Margaret Fairchild ...Mother Superior
Phillip R. Allen ...Pepsi Executive #1
James Kirkwood Jr. ...Master of Ceremonies
Michael Hawkins ...Pepsi Executive #2 (as Michael Gainsborough)
Matthew Faison ...Pepsi Executive #3
Peter Jason ...Pepsi Executive #4
Ellen Feldman ...Ginny
Robert Harper ...David
Cathy Lind Hayes ...Nurse
Victoria James ...Photographer
Dawn Jeffory ...Vera
Virginia Kiser ...Beth Simpson
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Neil A. Machlis
"Im Sitting On Top Of The World"
"Isnt It Romantic"
"June In January"
"To Each His Own"
More Movie Taglines:
- To my darling Christina, with love...Mommie Dearest
- The meanest mother of them all...
- Meet the biggest MOTHER of them all!
- The greatest role of her life...was her life.
- Faye Dunaway is Joan Crawford, a star...a legend...and a mother...The illusion of perfection.
- One thing is certain: You'll never look at a wire hanger the same way again!
- Faye Dunaway is Joan Crawford. A star...a legend...and a mother. The illusion of perfection.
- The part of Joan Crawford was originally to have been played by Anne Bancroft, who left the project once the screenplay was completed.
The first film to nearly "sweep" the Golden Raspberry Awards (or RAZZIES), with five "wins" (including Worst Picture and three out of four acting awards) from a then-record nine nominations.
It was reported that in an interview that Joan Crawford said only Faye Dunaway had the talent and guts to be a true star.
A month after the film was released to bad reviews, audiences flocked to see the film armed with Ajax and wire hangers to actively "participate" with the film in a manner similar to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Paramount seized on this new found notoriety and began to bill the film as a camp classic, with ads and posters proclaiming, "Meet the biggest MOTHER of them all!"
Little love was lost between costume designer Irene Sharaff and Faye Dunaway. "Yes, you may enter Miss Dunaway's dressing room," Sharaff once said, "but first you most throw a raw steak in - to divert her attention."
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