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Outrageous and controversial, this is the story of legendary movie star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) as she struggles for her career and battles the inner demons of her private life. This torment was manifested in her relationships with her adopted children, Christina (Diana Scarwid) and Christopher (Xander Berkeley). The public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, but Mommie Dearest reveals the private Crawford, the woman desperate to be a mother, adopting her children when she was single and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly. The rage, the debilitating strain, and the terrifying descent into alcoholism and child abuse are graphically - and unforgettably depicted in this film, based upon Christina Crawford's best-selling book.
In this special-edition of Mommie Dearest, John Waters does this cult-classic justice by providing a memorable audio commentary mixing industry insight with hilarity. "I don't think this is a campy movie. I dont think it's so bad it's good. I think it's so good it's perfect," he states. The film, poorly received (dare we say mis-received?) by the critics upon its 1981 release, and considered by many to be the end of Faye Dunaway's career, lives on for a reason; along with Christina Crawfords reveal-all celebrity memoir it created an all new genre. Who can say they weren't riveted by this glamor-horror movie? The three featurettes feature insightful interviews with Frank Yablan, the producer who wisely purchased the film rights and cast Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, who portrayed the grown up Christina, and Rutanya Alda, who played the devoted maid. These people and more provide insight into their personal connection to their roles and Faye Dunaway's undeniably centrifugal performance. Unfortunately, director Frank Perry, who died in 1995, and Faye Dunaway (who probably rues the day she agreed to do this film) do not contribute to the bonus features. As John Waters states in his audio commentary during the notorious wire-hanger scene: "If you dont like this scene you should never watch movies." Indeed. --Wendy Harris
The tab inside that holds the disc was broken so the disc was sliding around inside.Published 6 days ago by JW
I was excited to get this movie to show to my children. It came right on time and they don't think I'm such a stickler any more!Published 8 days ago by Online Shopper
I have seen this movie at least 5 times. Fay Dunaway and Marla Hobel were over the top! In fact, the entire cast was wonderful. Read morePublished 12 days ago by J. R. Jones
I use close captions or English Subtitles because of my hearing loss, but this feature is not listed on this disc: that could mean it does not have it or they did not think to... Read morePublished 18 days ago by L. Miss
What can I say? Faye Dunaway in a camp classic. Doesn't get much better than this.Published 19 days ago by umberto314
Faye does a great job. Hard to believe Crawford was such a cruel person.Published 21 days ago by John A.
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|Rose Garden scene music cut out!!||
The music wasn't cut out intentionally. When mastering it for DVD, they discovered that the music portion of the audio for that scene was damaged beyond repair, but the dialogue track was fine. So they had no choice but to release it without the underscoring. True, it maybe would've been nice... Read More
Aug 8, 2011 by Mahogany Echo | See all 3 posts
I agree! I am also a big fan I have the DVD...but it sure could use remastering! I can't believe some of the crap that has been remastered to blu-ray...so why not this one ....Great Movie!
Jul 15, 2012 by Eric K. Gregory | See all 3 posts
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