Mommie Dearest (1981)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 32

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Directed by: Frank Perry
Starring: Faye Dunaway (Joan Crawford), Mara Hobel (young Christina), Diana Scarwid (Christina), Rutanya Alda (Carol Ann), Steve Forrest (Greg), Howard Da Silva (Mayer)
Country: United States
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:08:35
Genres: Based on a True Story, Domestic Abuse, Childhood, Misery-Depressing-Mental Illness, Family

Plot – Spoilers:
Based on the alleged experiences of Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter Christina.

When Christina was adopted, Joan’s career was in its latter half and despite a few flourishes including an Oscar, the stress of a waning career seemed to have worsened her obsessions with order and cleanliness. Christina claims to have bore the brunt of most of this obsessive behavior, though there have been conflicting versions from friends and family that dispute the extent of abuse.

So maybe this film is best watched as a work of non-fiction. A mother who was never able to shake off the belief that she did her daughter a favour by adopting her. A woman who was extremely vain, but also filled with self-loathing – every time something amazing that she craved happened in her life, she had a congenital need to find a way to ruin and fuck it up, with the target often being her slavish daughter.

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Evelyn Mulwray
Evelyn Mulwray
May 6, 2021 3:48 pm

NO. WIRE. HANGERS. EVERRRRRRRR!!!

Christine (ha)
Christine (ha)
May 7, 2021 3:51 am

That was incredible. Though I’m curious as to why the small child is being punished for the wire hanger incident. I’m sure she wasn’t the one who went out and bought them. I guess we’ll never know now.

Sophie
Sophie
Reply to  Christine (ha)
May 24, 2021 2:28 am

Why? probably because Joan Crawford was an unstable ,drunken sociopath & in that moment if she hadn’t attacked her over bloody wire hangers it would’ve been another ‘problem ‘ that only existed in her mind ! I have a sister very like this ,I severed all contact with her for 12 yrs and then when my dad died 3yrs ago she just went into ‘ take over ‘ mode..I lasted less than 5 weeks with her ,some folks are very angry on the inside but don’t have the intelligence to realise the actual problem they continually fun into with people..is actually THEM ! fucking sociopathic narcissists.

Yahoo
Yahoo
May 7, 2021 3:58 am

The cover creeps me out, omg that face gives me the chills

pain
pain
May 7, 2021 4:50 am

The acting is so fucking good damn almost made me wanna cry. Please keep uploading more classics like this.

Heidi
Heidi
May 7, 2021 9:37 am

“…borne” not “bore “ the brunt. Just a little edit.

Gimme Danger
Gimme Danger
Reply to  Heidi
May 7, 2021 10:10 am

wow, great review ??

Gimme Danger
Gimme Danger
Reply to  Admin
May 8, 2021 8:58 am

say that really super fast 5 times.

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
May 7, 2021 7:51 pm

What a stellar performance given by Faye Dunaway!! Absolutely amazing!! There are moments in this film where she looks so much like Joan Crawford it’s down right scary. I’ve said this before, and I’m quite sure I’ll be saying it again, but there are no actors anywhere in the world that come anywhere near close to matching the talent some of these once-upon-a-time thespians possessed. They had to. There where no special effects and green screens to enhance their performances in anyway. It was all on their shoulders to make a good film a good film. Some certainly excelled while others simply filled a pair of shoes. Now before you get triggered, I’m not saying that the modern day actors lack talent. I’m saying modern day actors lack dimension. For instance, try to imagine Chris Evans as R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Or a Kate Mara as Baby Jane Hudson in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, (which oddly enough co-stars Joan Crawford and her eyebrows). It’s not that these later-day actors couldn’t pull it off… it’s that the lack the skills to complete the character the way the actors of the past did. In other words, their feet are way to small for that particular pair of Gucci’s. But what do I know? I’m just a brilliant psychiatrist who watches effed-up movies on my days off.

AND, AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU, ADMIN!!! Effed-up, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. I am a fan of the more psychological effed-up side of things, while others seek out a more bodily-fluid orientated environment… and somehow you manage to keep us all reasonable happy. I say reasonably because of the whiny-whiners who bitch just to hear the sound of their own voices.. but they suck anyway, so…… Anyway, you guys do a really great job with this site. (*cute little thumbs-up emote goes here)

KevC
KevC
Reply to  Dr. Lecter
May 8, 2021 6:30 am

Totally agree, those old school actors become the part take for example Anthony Hopkins, nothing over the top just attention to the little things

Shan Eyes
Shan Eyes
Reply to  Dr. Lecter
June 22, 2021 2:04 am

Doctor: You reminded me of another old school actor: Robert Mitchum. He absolutely owned any character he played and he was known for his mastery of international accents. As an aside, Sean Connery could never get past his Scottish accent. Could not do British, American, or even Irish.

markus
markus
May 8, 2021 11:08 am

wow wat a cunt of a person reminds me of the ex
needs a bullet lol

Gimme Danger
Gimme Danger
May 8, 2021 6:50 pm

Now THAT is a Horror show!
Think that axe scene was thrown in for the fans of Straight Jacket?
Thank you EUM 🙂

ChainsawGutfck
ChainsawGutfck
May 8, 2021 11:15 pm

I found this kinda odd.. as someone who was adopted, I found my mum acted in much the same manner. Not the extremes Joan went to, but everything always seemed like a competition. I always had to look and be my ultimate best. Weird. I now wonder if that is common in any way for adoptive mothers.

Big yikes
Big yikes
May 17, 2021 4:37 pm

Moral of the story: life’s better without kids

Joan
Joan
May 23, 2021 6:58 pm

Barbara please!

Claysoul
Claysoul
June 22, 2021 11:17 pm

God, this movie really made me nervous af, living with both abusive parents is a real nightmare.

Porusniuc Adina
Porusniuc Adina
August 15, 2021 12:11 pm

This was a brilliant old movie!

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Porusniuc Adina
November 4, 2021 9:04 am

The movie is not old, you are too young.

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  Porusniuc Adina
November 10, 2021 8:03 am

There is some evidence that suggests that this abuse was either not true or an exaggerated cash grab on Christina “Dahling”‘s part (Shirley Temple’s mixed up dates for example). But it still wouldn’t surprise me if it was true. All of those entertainers from back in the day were harsh with their kids because they came up hard and had to struggle for everything they got. (Funny how so many parents spoil the fuck out of the fucking brats that they didn’t have to have, then lecture them about how rough it was for them! It’s like willfully creating a problem then bitching about it…stupid). Anyway, the proof against old hubbub buhbuh Bing Crosby was even stronger. Even Jayne Mansfield, while not characterized as abusive, was still a really, really strict Mother according to her kids and she was definitely not a traditional person! Just imagine her with her big boobs heaving, angrily saying “Alright! I saw you trying my Baphomet necklace on without my permission! Now pull your little undies off and bend over Mother’s knee!”. Yeah…Just imagine that for awhile *Eyes rolling to back of head*