Mommie Dearest is a 1981 biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway. The film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry, and Frank Yablans, based on the 1978 autobiography of the same name by Christina Crawford. The executive producers were Christina's husband, David Koontz, and Terrence O'Neill, Dunaway's then-boyfriend and soon-to-be husband. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures, the only one of the "Big 8" film studios for which Crawford had never appeared in a feature film.
Joan Crawford: Christina. Christopher. Damn it.
Adoption agency official: I'm afraid I have some difficult news for you, Miss Crawford. The agency has denied your application for adoption.
Joan Crawford: Why?
Adoption agency official: Well... you live alone. There are no other family members in the home. You have two previous divorces. You're a busy, active woman, and the candidate is found to be an unsuitable parent.
Joan Crawford: (suddenly enraged) UNSUITABLE?
Adoption agency official: Please, Miss Crawford!
Joan Crawford: Don't you dare judge me!
Adoption agency official: We have a moral and legal responsibility in this job.
Joan Crawford: Obviously you don't understand. What you're really doing is denying one of your children the opportunity to live a wonderful and advantaged life! How sad that is. Good afternoon.
Joan Crawford: You drove Al Steele to his grave, and now you're trying to stab me in the back? Forget it. I fought worse monsters than you for years in Hollywood. I know how to win the hard way.
|Release Date||16 September 1981|
|Tagline||To my darling Christina, with love...Mommie Dearest|
|Filming Locations||Chadwick School - 26800 Academy Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, USA|
|Film Class||Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Childhood Drama|
|Themes||Mothers and Daughters, Actor's Life, Alcoholism, Single Parents, Adoption|
|Tones||Campy, Harsh, Ominous, Tense, Stylized|