This endlessly quotable cult-classic, based on Christina Crawford’s controversial best-selling tell-all novel, features a powerhouse performance by Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford—struggling for her career while battling the inner demons of her private life. While the public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, behind-the-scenes is a private Crawford—the woman desperate to be a single-mother and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly.
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Mommie Dearest certainly doesn't lack for conviction, and neither does Faye Dunaway's legendary performance as a wire-wielding monster; unfortunately, the movie is too campy and undisciplined to transcend guilty pleasure.
Campy skewering of Hollywood star is both silly and sad.
Cast & Crew
- Paramount Pictures
- © 1981 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
- English (Dolby 5.1, Stereo, CC)
Danish (Subtitles), Finnish (Subtitles), German (Subtitles), Norwegian (Subtitles)
- Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.