Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Romance, War


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A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

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  • Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in Mrs. Miniver (1942)
  • Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in Mrs. Miniver (1942)
  • Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in Mrs. Miniver (1942)

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8 June 2008 | Lechuguilla
9
| Excellent Historical Perspective
Greer Garson gives a wonderful performance as Kay Miniver, a middle-aged English wife and mother whose kindness, intelligence, and positive spirit speak well of women all across England, during the difficult days of WWII. And that's what this movie is really about: the love and devotion of ordinary people during wartime.

Technically, this is a fine film. The script is well written and the plot is easy to follow. Most of the characters are sympathetic, and all of them have convincing arcs through the story. I did not care for the very Victorian Lady Beldon, but Dame May Witty gives a nice performance in that role. The film's plot has an interesting twist toward the end that coincides with the randomness of the effects of war. The story's tone does drip with a bit of sentimentality. But given the fact that the movie itself was made during the war it portrays, I think some sentimentality is entirely appropriate.

The film's B&W cinematography is conventional but competent. Production design and costumes are credible. And the special effects are surprisingly good for the early 1940s.

I will say that the film seems very dated. Customs and manners have changed so much in the last 65 years; the behavior of characters in this film is so proper and formal. That's not a criticism, just an observation.

The 1930s and 40s must have been a truly awful time for peace loving people. It's good, therefore, that we have high-quality films like Mrs. Miniver as a reminder of what life was like for ordinary people, to give us some historical perspective from which to view our own times. Of the many WWII films that I have seen, "Mrs. Miniver" is one of the best.

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Trivia

Metro Goldwyn-Mayer put Evelyn Ankers under contract after M.G.M. saw her in the British movie " Fire Over England " and was planning on making "Mrs. Miniver" earlier and putting Ankers in the role of Kay Miniver. M.G.M. felt Ankers was too young and put this movie on hold to hire another actress.


Quotes

Toby Miniver: Are you going to marry Carol, Vin?
Vin Miniver: Well, since you bring it up, Toby... I haven't had the nerve to ask her.
Toby Miniver: Why not? You're brave, aren't you?
Judy Miniver: Don't be so silly, Toby. Gentlemen don't propose when they're eating.
Toby Miniver: Why not?
Judy Miniver: Well, it isn't romantic.
Vin Miniver: Of...


Goofs

In the radio broadcast of Lord Haw Haw, he mentions the fall of France. Then a day or so later, the boats are called out for the Dunkirk Rescue mission (Operation Dynamo). France did not fall until 2 weeks after Dunkirk.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This story of an average English middle-class family begins with the summer of 1939; when the sun shone down on a happy, careless people, who worked and played, reared their children and tended their gardens in that happy, easy-going England that was so soon to be fighting desperately for her way of life and for life itself.


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Children of the Heavenly King
[Sung to the tune 'Pleyel's Hymn', which may well have been the most usual tune for this hymn in the United States at that time, but in England it would have been much more usual to sing this hymn to the tune 'Innocents'.]

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Drama | Romance | War

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