Mommie Dearest (1981)

Mommie Dearest (1981)

Release Date: 18 September 1981 (USA)

                        

Director: Frank Perry

Writers: Christina Crawford (book), Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Yablans, Frank Perry  

 

Running time: 129 minutes

 

 

Cast

Faye Dunaway - Joan Crawford
Diana Scarwid - Christina Crawford
Mara Hobel - young Christina
Steve Forrest -, Greg Savitt
Howard Da Silva - Louis B. Mayer
Rutanya Alda - Carol Ann
Harry Goz - Alfred Steele
Michael Edwards - Ted Gelber
Jocelyn Brando - Barbara Bennett
Priscilla Pointer - Mrs. Chadwick
Xander Berkeley - Christopher Crawford

 

 

 

Storyline

In 1939, at the height of her box-office popularity, Joan Crawford adopted her oldest daughter, Christina. As her career falters and one marriage after another hits the rocks, Hollywood's diva of the 1940's turns to alcohol binges and wild rages towards her adopted child. If one believes Tina Crawford's telling, her starlet mother was an abusive and manipulative borderline personality whom no one dared cross for fear of her nearly-omnipotent retribution. Whether destructive midnight tirades or a drunken attempt to kill her, Christina forgives her mother over and over and tries to make amends. Joan sends Tina to various private schools with irrational instructions that she cannot leave the grounds or even have clothing. When the grown Christina begins a life of her own, her unstable mother attempts to overtake her marriage and her film career, keeping a strangehold on Christina's life until her death in 1977.