Mommie Dearest (1981)

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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.

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Mommie Dearest, best selling memoir, turned motion picture, depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother...screen queen Joan Crawford. (source:


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Full cast list for the movie Mommie Dearest.
Christina Crawford

Greg Savitt

Louis B. Mayer

Christina Crawford

Carol Ann

Alfred Steele

Michael Edwards
Ted Gelber

Barbara Bennett

Mrs. Chadwick

Joe Abdullah

Gary Allen


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Wedding Guest

Christopher Crawford

Matthew Campion
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Carolyn Coates
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Margaret Fairchild
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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.


Trailer for the movie Mommie Dearest.
Mommie Dearest (1981) - Official Movie Trailer

Release Date16 September 1981
TaglineTo my darling Christina, with love...Mommie Dearest
GenreBiography, Drama
Filming LocationsChadwick School - 26800 Academy Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, USA
Sound MixMono
Film TypeFeature
Film ClassBiopic [feature], Docudrama, Childhood Drama
MoodBad Taste
ThemesMothers and Daughters, Actor's Life, Alcoholism, Single Parents, Adoption
TonesCampy, Harsh, Ominous, Tense, Stylized

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