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Mildred Pierce (Snap case) (1945)

Joan Crawford , Jack Carson , Michael Curtiz  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Writers: Albert Maltz, Catherine Turney, James M. Cain, Louise Randall Pierson, Margaret Buell Wilder
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mildred Pierce (Snap case)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new digital transer from restored picture and audio elements
  • New Turner Classic Movies documentary, "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star"
  • Crawford trailer gallery

Editorial Reviews

Joan Crawford won the Best Actress Oscar(R) for her role as a divorcee who will do anything for her spoiled daughter in this classic, gripping melodrama, nominated for six Academy Awards(R) Year: 1945 Director: Michael Curtiz Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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Warner Bros. has outdone themselves to bring one of the finest classics in their library to DVD. This transfer of MILDRED PIERCE is so perfect, so sharp, clear & glistening, it's almost like watching a different film. Gone are the spots and glitches.
The image is smooth and gorgeous, lusciously capturing Ernest Haller's masterful cinematography. The sound is amazing too, for a film of this vintage.
The film itself is Joan Crawford's finest hour, and one of the best film noir ever turned out by Hollywood. It's virtues are legendary by now, and I need not recount them here. This is simply a must have for even a casual film buff. A stylish and intelligent drama which is a testament to the dozens of talents that brought it to the screen.
If a phenomenal transfer if an essetial classic wasn't enough, Warners has given us a B side with a feature length documentary entitled JOAN CRAWFORD: THE ULTIMATE MOVIE STAR. This is an excellent program that was made for the Turner Classic Movies channel a few months ago, and makes its home video debut here. With an astounding array of interesting interviews, rare film clips, and sumptuous photographs, the show takes the gloves off and presents both sides of the Crawford persona. Her incredible drive for stardom and perfection, her unique place in the hollywood pantheon, as well as the damage her reptutation has suffered due to the revelations made by her daughter Christina who is one of the many interviewed to recount stories about the real Joan Crawford. Others who knew Crawford wisely counter the daughter's words, with their own perceptions, leaving the viewer the opportunity to judge for themselves what they think of Joan Crawford. A very well-researched and entertaining film indeed.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock-Out Noir December 9, 2001
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Film Noir never had it so good: "Mildred Pierce" combines the toughness of the Cain novel; a gutsy cast delivering knock-out performances; and at the center of it all one of cinema's great hard-shell dames, Joan Crawford.
Do not be misled into thinking this is a "women's picture" typical of the 1940s. Given that the story concerns a woman who must find her own way after a bitter divorce, it may have a special appeal for women as a group--but let's face it, Joan Crawford ain't your average wife and mother, and while Mildred Pierce may engage our sympathies she ain't exactly a "little woman" stereotype herself.
As noted, the plot revolves around Mildred/Joan's need to make her way in the world--but more to the point, her need to endow her daughters, particularly eldest daughter Veda, with all the best that money can buy. (Never mind, of course, that Veda is clearly a man-hungry, social-climbing little serpent dripping poison from both fangs.) And if that entails kicking out the husband, playing house with a society heel, or even... just possibly... murder... well, then so be it. The cinematography is light-and-shadow film noir classic; the production values are first rate throughout; and Joan and company deliver enough double-dealing spirit to make "Mildred Pierce" a vastly entertaining ride. And if you ever wondered what made Crawford one of the great stars of her era... Mildred Pierce will show ya and how!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Not A Restaurant? August 8, 2006
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I first saw this film on Turner Classic one night a few years ago, shortly into the film as I was skimming through the channels. I saw the murder take place, and I was hooked. I watched the rest of the film, glued to the screen. To say that Joan Crawford ruled this film is a major understatement. She thouroughly dominated the screen from beginning to end. In a way, she WAS Mildred, the story drew strong parallels to her own life. Ann Blyth was PERFECT as the wanna-be rich snob Veda. Eve Arden should have had more time in this film, she was needed relief from the seriousness of the story. All three principle female leads got academy award nominations for this film, Crawford won Best Actress, and there's no arguing she deserved it. As the plot has been dissected and gone over repeatedly before, I'll focus on the DVD release. The film transferred beautifully, with razor-sharp definition and wonderful light and dark areas. This film is true film noir, and the lighting played a major role in the movie. On the disc flip side, there is a wonderful documentary on Crawford's life called "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star". The documentary is well-worth watching on its own, so to have it included is great. All in all, it's easy to see why Crawford was very proud of this film, it represented her commercial comeback after MGM put her out to pasture, saying she was too old, and box office poison. Amazing what the right role, script, and director can do for a strong actor. This film is a true classic, so get this DVD and enjoy!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art imitating life by a true HOLLYWOOD star August 27, 2004
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There is something surreal about Ms Crawford's life and career and the way they intertwine to make a fascinating but entertaining study. MILDRED PIERCE the film seems to be a vehicle that Ms Crawford was born to play so uncannily does it seem to mirror her broader experiences ; with success from impoverishment to wealth; with men - the good man figure, the lazy aristocrat spoiled sponger male figure, the businessman hustler figure; with children - her relationship with her daughter which turned sour. Whatever the motivations, Ms Crawford and her character are driven, unhappy creatures, searching but seemingly unable to find love they so achingly desire. Melodrama? Perhaps, but a terrific melodrama. An excellent and revealing but ultimately sympathetic documentary narrated by Angelica Huston, is included and complements this fine film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mildred Pierce is an outstanding film of any era. ...
Mildred Pierce is an outstanding film of any era. It rates at least four stars, probably a bit more. A little below five stars. An example of a five star film might be Casablanca.
Published 3 days ago by charles marmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Mildred Pierce
One of the best films of the 1940's. Joan Crawford well deserved the Oscar for Best Actress. And yes, Ms. Crawford's slap from Ann Blyth is real! All in all, a great movie.
Published 5 days ago by John Lee Dozier
5.0 out of 5 stars I ordered this for a customer and he was extremely pleased with his...
Classic movie, well presented, and worth the cost! Actually, I ordered this for a customer and he was extremely pleased with his purchase so, ergo, I am also extremely pleased. Read more
Published 21 days ago by James V. McKnight
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't pluck those eyebrows and paint them on Joan
Joan Crawford was at her best in this movie. Great '40 's genre movie of lifestyle from the costumes and scenery .
Published 23 days ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Crawford great actress
This part is perfect for her, she is so convincing, it's a very good movie & I'm glad I purchased it.
Published 1 month ago by Liddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the story, the ups and downs. Joan Crawford was so beautiful.
I loved the story of how a young mother with two children became so successful, but couldn't see clear when it came to the matters of the heart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic.
Joan Crawford, what more needs to be said? This is a classic movie for a reason. It stands the test of time.
Published 1 month ago by JJ F.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 1940's Noir Style Movie
Have seen MP many times, with the current DVD print so sharp & clear its a pleasure to watch. The cast. director, screenplay cinematography, costumes, sets etc. are all great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Thorson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Crawford's best
A great story and an amazing performance by Joan Crawford make this a perfect movie for a rainy Sunday night, when you want something nostalgic and mellow, but NOT boring.
Published 2 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Movies are the BEST
I think this has to be the ultimate movie of Joan Crawford's that I've ever loved growing up. Old movies were the only things we were allowed to watch, so naturally I would buy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jennmpantoja
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