Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest

Frank Perry (1981)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This absolutely riveting biographical drama about Joan Crawford is based on her daughter Christina's vengeful memoir. Faye Dunaway is astonishing as Crawford, risen from rags to bitches, who still scrubs the floors, runs rings around studio bosses and creates a living hell for her daughter (brilliantly played by young Mara Hobel and, as she grows up, by Diana Scarwid). When Crawford yells "Tina! Bring me the axe!" because she wants to prune the roses, or when she screams "No wire hangers!", the movie enters an asylum of its own. This is lavish and pretty accurate as far as Hollywood lore is concerned, but Dunaway makes Norma Desmond look like Doris Day.


Biopic of Joan Crawford, exploring the effect the Hollywood film star's increasingly unstable and abusive behaviour had on her adopted daughter Christina. Based on Christina's memoirs and starring Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel and Steve Forrest.

Cast & Crew

Joan Crawford Faye Dunaway
Christina Crawford Diana Scarwid
Greg Savitt Steve Forrest
Louis B Mayer Howard Da Silva
Christina as a child Mara Hobel
Carol Ann Rutanya Alda
Al Steele Harry Goz
Ted Gelber Michael Edwards
Barbara Bennett Jocelyn Brando
Christopher Xander Berkeley
Christopher as a child Jeremy Scott Reinbolt
Director Frank Perry
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD