- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 29, 2006
- Originally Released: 1945
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: Joan Crawford
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1945 -
Best Actress: Joan Crawford
Total Film - 05/01/2001
"...[Crawford] played the doting Mildred to a tremulous tee, bagging an Oscar..."
USA Today - 02/07/2003
"...CASABLANCA'S Michael Curtiz, still the studio's top director at the time, is in peak form..."
Uncut - 03/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "We're in flashback from murder most foul; Joan nudges the compelling nightmare forward."
A potent mixture of melodrama and film noir, and one of the finest "women's films" of all time--featuring a standout performance by Joan Crawford. The story begins as the police interrogate Mildred Pierce, a wealthy restaurateur, after finding her second husband shot to death. In flashback, we see Mildred's life: her obsession with Veda, her selfish oldest daughter; her troubled first marriage, which ended in divorce; the tragic death of her younger child. Left with only Veda, Mildred determined to become successful in order to give her the best of everything -- and she succeeded brilliantly. But the harder Mildred worked, the more the patrician Veda despised her. Now the moment of truth has come: will Mildred once again sacrifice herself to protect her child... from being convicted of murder' Adapted from the novel by James M. Cain. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress--Eve Arden and Ann Blyth. Academy Awards: Best Actress--Joan CrawFord.
Essential Cinema |
Film Noir |
Tear Jerker |
- MILDRED PIERCE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
- Additional cast: Jo Ann Marlowe (Kay Pierce), Manart Kippen (Dr. Gale).