The Miniver Story

Synopsis: The Second World War is over, and the Miniver family is trying to keep themselves together in post-War Britain, among continuing shortages and growing tensions within the family.
Genre: Drama
Production: MGM
104 min

This is the story of a woman after a war...

who lived and hoped...

and struggled trough the anxious years,

and now saw them end...

and another peace begin...

It starts in London on VE Day, 1945.

'This was the day

that it started.

'I wish I'd been with

my wife that day,

'but I was not in London.

'It was a very special day,

meaningful in more

than one respect.

'Later, when Kay had told me

how it all began,

'I felt how strange it was

'that after we'd been together

through so much,

'sharing so many moments

of happiness,

'danger, war and pain,

'she should have been

all alone that day.

'I'd like to tell you something

about her, if I may.

'I say something because

I don't know it all,

'and I'm her husband.

'I've been her husband

for quite a long time.

'But does any man know

any woman completely?

'You meet somebody, you fall

in love with her, you marry her.

'You come to need her

more and more,

'to love her more, too.

'And when you're not with her,

you long for her

with all your heart.

'I hadn't seen my wife

for almost a year,

'but she'd been writing

regularly, so I knew

that she was well.

'This is her story,

Kay's story.

'Oh, and by the way,

our name is Miniver.

'Our family was scattered

around the globe.

'We hadn't seen each other

for years.

'Judy, our daughter,

was in Cairo.

'Our young son Toby

was in America,

'and I was with the Army

in Hamburg.'

This is London.

Please stand by.

The Prime Minister,

the Right Honourable

Winston Churchill.

Yesterday morning,

At 2.41am,

at General Eisenhower's


General Jodl, the representative

of the German high command,

and Grand Admiral Doenitz,

the designated head

of the German state,

signed the act

of unconditional surrender

of all German land, sea,

and air forces in Europe

to the Allied

Expeditionary Force.

The German war is, therefore,

at an end.

Advance, Britannia!

Long live the cause of freedom!

God save the King!

Mrs Miniver.

You don't

remember me?

Yes, I-I do.

Oh, you're Foley's boy!

Tom Foley,

of course!

I'm so sorry, Tom,

but after five years...

Six since I last


the groceries.

Are you on leave?

Just flew in

from Cairo.

Oh, what a day

to come home!

I'm so happy for you.

Does your family know?

Dad will be

at the station.


Here, have half

a suitcase.

Thank you.

Well, how are they,

Mum and Dad?

Oh, very good.

How's the shop?

Still there.

You had doodlebugs,

didn't you,

all around

the village?

Uh-huh. But it's

over now.


How was Cairo?

Oh, hot as blazes.

My daughter's over there,

Judy, in the ATS.

I don't suppose

you ran into her?

She saw me off.

Tom! Well!

How is she?

Judy's wonderful.

Still a corporal?

She's far too nice

to be a brass hat.

We, um, we saw

quite a lot

of each other.

I'm glad.

It's a bit tricky,


because of my

three pips.

Officers not encouraged

to mingle with

the unwashed.


I haven't heard from her

for ages.

Now I

understand why.

Oh, she...she

sent this.

For me?

Oh! That's a nice change.

Tom, will you forgive

me if I...?

Of course.

Go ahead. I'll smoke.

"Hello, Mother, darling.

"Tom Foley's just leaving

for home,

"so I'm dashing this off in a mad

rush in the middle of the night

"to let you know all's well

on the Nile.

"The lights are out,

and the girls are asleep,

"so I'm writing on my knee

in the bathroom.

"Who do you think I've

been driving around

for the last month?

"Steve Brunswick.

"Wherever he goes, I take him

and bring him back.

"It's wonderful to be

with a man who's really lived

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George Froeschel

Georg "George" Froeschel (March 9, 1891 – November 22, 1979) was an Austrian screenwriter best known for Mrs. Miniver, Quentin Durward, and The Story of Three Loves, while working for MGM in the 1940s and 1950s. Before working in film he was a lawyer and journalist. more…

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