Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mommie Dearest



1981 American Feature

Cast: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel, Steve Forrest, Rutanya Alda, Howard Da Silva and Priscilla Pointer
Director: Frank Perry
Writers: Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry and Frank Yablans, based on the book by Christina Crawford

Synopsis:
The life of screen legend Joan Crawford, as seen through the eyes of her adopted daughter Christina.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 55% / Audience: 75%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Razzie Awards for Worst Picture, Actress (Dunaway), Supporting Actor (Forrest), Supporting Actress (Scarwid) and Screenplay; Worst Picture of the Decade.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Christina Crawford's scandalous, best-selling memoir Mommie Dearest was first published in 1978. It is regarded as one of the first celebrity "tell all" books.
  • Potential Director: Franco Zeffirelli.
  • Casting Call: Anne Bancroft.
  • The first film to feature an Academy Award winning actor (Faye Dunaway) playing an Academy Award winning actor (Joan Crawford).
  • Ironically, Joan Crawford once said in an interview in the early 1970s that of the current young actresses in Hollywood, only Faye Dunaway had "what it takes" 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!"
  • Film debut of actor Xander Berkeley, who played the adult Christopher Crawford.
  • Final film role of actress Jocelyn Brando, Marlon Brando's sister.
  • In 2003, Mommie Dearest's Joan Crawford was ranked #41 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2005, Mommie Dearest's "No wire hangers!" was ranked #72 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.

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