Produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film features a strong supporting cast that includes Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney and Henry Wilcoxon.
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In 2006, the film was ranked number 40 on the American Film Institute's list celebrating the most inspirational films of all time. In 2009, the film was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and will be preserved for all time.
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A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.
Mrs. Miniver won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actress (Greer Garson), and Best Supporting Actress (Teresa Wright). In 1950, a film sequel The Miniver Story was made with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon reprising their roles.
A poignant story of the joys and sorrows, the humor and pathos of middle-class family life in wartime England.
Franklin Roosevelt, who loved the movie, put pressure on MGM to release the film earlier than planned, but playwright Lillian Hellman told director Wyler, "Willie you have made a piece of crap." Even so, the film won Best Picture Oscar.
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Of the 592 film critics polled by American magazine Film Daily, 555 named it the best film of 1942.
Under Sidney Franklin's watchful supervision and William Wyler's masterly direction the story has become the most stirring, heart-clutching picture of our times.
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Greer Garson earned an Oscar as an English housewife whose family struggles to survive WWII. Powerful war-time drama won seven Oscar, including Best Picture, Director and Script.
Regardless of its Hollywood trappings, this remains one of the best movies about a brave era in British history.
The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.
This remarkably touching wartime melodrama pictorialises the classic British stiff upper lip and the courage of a middle class English family (headed by Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon) amid the chaos of air raids and family loss. The film's iconic tribute to the sacrifices on the home front, as movingly directed by William Wyler, did much to rally America’s support for its British allies.
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A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.
Early one morning, Kay unable to sleep as Clem is still away, wanders down to the landing stage. She is startled to discover a wounded German pilot (Helmut Dantine) hiding in her garden, and he takes her at gunpoint. Demanding food and a coat, the pilot aggressively asserts that the Third Reich will mercilessly overcome its enemies. She feeds him, calmly disarms him when he collapses, and then calls the police. Soon after, Clem returns home, exhausted, from Dunkirk.
Wilcoxon and director William Wyler "wrote and re-wrote" the key sermon the night before the sequence was to be shot. The speech "made such an impact that it was used in essence by President Roosevelt as a morale builder and part of it was the basis for leaflets printed in various languages and dropped over enemy and occupied territory." Roosevelt ordered it rushed to the theaters for propaganda purposes.
Winning WW II story of british pluck that manages to side-step the propaganda trap.
The most famous and perhaps most effective propaganda film of World War II.
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The film exceeded all expectations, grossing $5,358,000 in the US and Canada (the highest for any MGM film at the time) and $3,520,000 abroad. In the United Kingdom, it was named the top box office attraction of 1942. The initial theatrical release made MGM a profit of $4,831,000, their most profitable film of the year.
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Plays out as a soap opera melodrama about a gracious family handling the wartime strife with aplomb.
The villagers assemble at the badly damaged church where their vicar affirms their determination in a powerful sermon:
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Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.
This biography follows the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues.
That almost impossible feat, a great war picture that photographs the inner meaning, instead of the outward realism of World War II.
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A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War,... See full summary »
The Minivers, an English "middle-class" family experience life in the first months of World War II. While dodging bombs, the Minivers' son courts Lady Beldon's granddaughter. A rose is named after Mrs. Miniver and entered in the competition against Lady Beldon's rose. Written by Michael Rice <TheMikeRic@aol.com>
A powerful performance from Greer Garson brings to light a disappointing time in British history just prior to and including its involvement in World War II.