Mommie Dearest

Mommie DearestBB

(out of 5)


Oh come on, it’s a terrible movie, but imagine the world without gay men running around screaming “No more wire hangers!” If it weren’t responsible for the destruction of a great actress’s career, I’d say this was one of the best things to happen to the movie industry in the eighties:  producers with such a low estimation of their audience’s intelligence finally getting a good slap in the face. However, it did ruin ‘s chances of getting a good role for years, and for that it can never be forgiven. Only five years after her Oscar win for Network, Dunaway stars as Hollywood movie star Joan Crawford, who adopted two children in the thirties as a way to boost her public appeal, then proceeded to ruin their lives with her megalomaniac personality and unfortunate obsession with cleaning.  At least that’s how it was described in daughter Christina Crawford’s tell-all trashy book, here portrayed by  (a most underrated actress) as the abused daughter who endured being beaten over the aforementioned closet devices before finally getting it all out on paper (which she published while her mother was still alive). Dunaway really tears into the role and gives it her all, but the surroundings are cheap and the dramatic quality of the film is campy; she looks like a drag queen doing an imitation of Joan Crawford, so naturally the film has a cult appeal all of its own.


USA, 1981

Directed by

Screenplay by , Frank Perry, , , based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Faye Dunaway)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Faye Dunaway)

Razzie Award Nomination
Worst ‘Drama’ of our First 25 Years

Razzie Award
Worst Picture of the Decade

Nomination
Worst New Star of the Decade (Diana Scarwid)

Razzie Awards
Worst Picture
Worst Actress (Faye Dunaway) (tie)
Worst Supporting Actor (Steve Forrest)
Worst Supporting Actress (Diana Scarwid)
Worst Screenplay (Frank Yablans, Frank Perry, Tracy Hotchner, Robert Getchell)

Nominations
Worst Supporting Actress (Rutanya Alda)
Worst Supporting Actress (Mara Hobel)
Worst Director (Frank Perry)
Worst New Star (Mara Hobel)


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