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Based on the book about Joan Crawford, one of the great Hollywood actresses of our time, written by her adopted daughter Christina Crawford. Joan decides to adopt children of her own to fill a void in her life. Yet, her problems with alcohol, men, and the pressures of show business get in the way of her personal life, turning her into a mentally abusive wreck seen through the eyes of Christina and her brother Christopher, who unwillingly bore the burden of life that was unseen behind the closed doors of “The Most Beautiful House in Brentwood.”
Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film which depicts the childhood of Christina Crawford of how she was abused as a little girl by her adoptive mother and actress Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid. The film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry, and Frank Yablans, based on the 1978 autobiography of the same name by Christina Crawford.
The executive producers were Christina’s husband, David Koontz, and Terrence O’Neill, Dunaway’s then-boyfriend and soon-to-be husband. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures, the only one of the “Big 8” film studios for which Crawford had never appeared in a feature film. The film was a commercial success, grossing $39 million worldwide from a $5 million budget. Despite negative reviews, it has since become a cult classic.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Directed by: Frank Perry
Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva, Mara Hobel, Rutanya Alda, Harry Goz, Michael Edwards
Screenplay by: Frank Yablans
Production Design by: Bill Malley
Cinematography by: Paul Lohmann
Film Editing by: Peter E. Berger
Costume Design by: Irene Sharaff
Set Decoration by: Richard C. Goddard
Music by: Henry Mancini
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: September 18, 1981