Mommie Dearest (12A)

mommie dearest

From the archive

This film was last shown on 8 February 2017

Frank Perry’s 1981 film Mommie Dearest is based on the memoir written by Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter, Christina: a ‘tell-all’ account that documented her childhood and alleged abuse suffered at the hands of the actress. Despite receiving mixed reviews upon release, the film achieved something of a cult status. Faye Dunaway is beguiling in her role as Crawford, crafting a larger-than-life character from the star as seen on the silver screen to the monster shaped in the pages of the exposé. It stands in stark contrast to the image created of Crawford throughout her forty-year career in the spotlight as a star of classical Hollywood.

Frank Perry
129 mins
Diana Scarwid, Faye Dunaway, Howard Da Silva, Steve Forrest


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