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Mildred Pierce
- Joan Crawford

Overview - A potent mixture of melodrama and film noir, and one of the finest "women's films" of all time--featuring a standout performance by Joan Crawford. The story begins as the police interrogate Mildred Pierce, a wealthy restaurateur, after finding her second husband shot to death.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A potent mixture of melodrama and film noir, and one of the finest "women's films" of all time--featuring a standout performance by Joan Crawford. The story begins as the police interrogate Mildred Pierce, a wealthy restaurateur, after finding her second husband shot to death. In flashback, we see Mildred's life: her obsession with Veda, her selfish oldest daughter; her troubled first marriage, which ended in divorce; the tragic death of her younger child. Left with only Veda, Mildred determined to become successful in order to give her the best of everything -- and she succeeded brilliantly. But the harder Mildred worked, the more the patrician Veda despised her. Now the moment of truth has come: will Mildred once again sacrifice herself to protect her child... from being convicted of murder? Adapted from the novel by James M. Cain. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress--Eve Arden and Ann Blyth. Academy Awards: Best Actress--Joan CrawFord.

Awards:
1945 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner

Cast List

Max Steiner - Score composer
Anton Grot - DeMille-era art director
Jerry Wald - American Screenwriter/Producer
Ann Blyth - American Actress
Moroni Olsen - American Character Actor
Bruce Bennett - American Actor/1930s-40s
Herman Brix - American Actor/1930s-40s
Leo F. Forbstein - Music Director\Warners
Leo Forbstein - Music Director\Warners
Barbara Brown - Actress
Joan Crawford - Oscar winning american actress, MILDRED PIERCE (1945)
Billie Cassin - Oscar winning american actress, MILDRED PIERCE (1945)
Lucille le Seuer - Oscar winning american actress, MILDRED PIERCE (1945)
Lee Patrick - American Character Actress
Jack Carson - American actor
Eve Arden - American actress, STAGE DOOR, MILDRED PIERCE, GREASE
David Weisbart - American Producer/Editor
Ranald MacDougall - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Michael Curtiz - Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
Mihaly Kertesz - Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
Michael Kertesz - Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
Michael Courtice - Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
George Tobias - American actor, BEWITCHED
Garry Owen - Supporting Actor
Zachary Scott - American Actor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 012569675384
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: June 2005

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Romance
Suspense
Tear Jerker
Thriller
Betrayal
Murder
Film Noir
Melodrama
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
MILDRED PIERCE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996. Additional cast: Jo Ann Marlowe (Kay Pierce), Manart Kippen (Dr. Gale).

Reviews:
"...[Crawford] played the doting Mildred to a tremulous tee, bagging an Oscar..." - 05/01/2001 Total Film, p.100


"...CASABLANCA'S Michael Curtiz, still the studio's top director at the time, is in peak form..." - 02/07/2003 USA Today, p.15D


4 stars out of 5 -- "We're in flashback from murder most foul; Joan nudges the compelling nightmare forward." - 03/01/2006 Uncut, p.132

 
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