Mommie Dearest (1981)

R   |    |  Biography, Drama

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The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.




  • Faye Dunaway and Mara Hobel in Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • Faye Dunaway and Frank Perry in Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • Faye Dunaway and Mara Hobel in Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • Faye Dunaway and Steve Forrest in Mommie Dearest (1981)

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29 September 2006 | Andrew_Eskridge
| It got a bad rap, and Dunaway was robbed
I saw this movie the first night it opened in Las Vegas in 1981. The large theater was packed, SRO. What may come as a surprise today, the film was received seriously by the audience, who sat transfixed throughout. I don't recall inappropriate laughter (well, maybe a muted laugh or two when little Christina muttered "Jesus Christ" at the end of the wire hanger scene), and I remember hearing favorable comments from people around me, although many were horrified by the depictions of child abuse.

Unfortunately, the movie did not live up to the high expectations at the box office. After all, it was based on a best-selling book that sold 4 million copies.

A few weeks later, Mommie Dearest was re-released and was being advertised as a campfest in the vein of Rocky Horror, and patrons were urged to bring wire hangers to the theater. The studio turned against its own movie in order to milk more money out of it. That's a shame, because Faye Dunaway gave the performance of her life and deserved an Academy Award nomination, if not the award.

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