Mommie Dearest

Synopsis: The relationship between Christina Crawford and her adoptive mother Joan Crawford is presented from Christina's view. Unable to bore children, Joan, in 1940, was denied children through regular adoption agencies due to her twice divorced status and being a single working person. Her lover at the time, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lawyer Greg Savitt, was able to go through a brokerage to adopt a baby girl, who would be Christina, the first of Joan's four adoptive children. Joan believes that her own difficult upbringing has made her a stronger person, and decides that, while providing the comforts that a successful Hollywood actress can afford, she will not coddle Christina or her other children, she treating Christina more as a competitor than a daughter. Joan's treatment of Christina is often passive-aggressive, fueled both by the highs and lows of her career, the narcissism that goes along with being an actress, and alcohol abuse especially during the low times. However, Joan sees much of her
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Frank Perry
Production: Paramount Pictures
  9 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min


Oh, Greg.

She's perfect.

You're perfect.

[Baby cooing]

A daughter.


My own...


[Joan] I'm going to make a perfect life for you.

I'm going to give you all the things I never had.

My beautiful little darling.


You're a lucky little girl...

And very expensive.

You cost me a lot of favors.

I'm going to call you...


Christina, darling...

My darling daughter.

My own...

Christina Crawford.

[calliope plays]

Are you having a happy birthday, Christina, darling?

This is the best party I ever had.

I love you, mommie dearest.

I love you, Tina, darling.


Here's your mommie.


This is Christopher,

my second child.

I would like to adopt every

unwanted child in the world.

No one should be unwanted.

Oh, look at that, darling.

Life is tough enough when you are wanted,

isn't it?

It's time for his nap.

He's sleepy.

Have nanny tuck him in properly.



Birthday girl.

Now, what do you think?

Shall we open the presents now?


You think it's about time to?


I'm not so sure.

Oh, please?

They're right there.

[Photographer] Miss Crawford.

The studio would like some shots of you

watching Christina open presents.

All right, Jimmy.

Come on, darling.

Oh, I have a grass stain.

Oh, darling, that will never show.

I'll just run upstairs and

have nanny take care of it.

No, dear. We'll take the photographs now.

Actually, Miss Crawford, it might read.

All right, dear, go along.

Have nanny fix it.

We'll wait for you here.

O.K., Christina.

Hold it a little more.


Big smile, Christina.

O.K., Christina.

Wide smile now, wide eyes.

A little to your right, Christina.

Now hang on, Christina.


She's a real natural, Miss Crawford.

I think that's enough now, hmm?

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Frank Yablans

Frank Yablans (August 27, 1935 – November 27, 2014) was an American studio executive, film producer and screenwriter. more…

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