Mrs. Miniver

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Turner Entertainment Co. and Warner Bros. Entertainment ;
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©2010, 2004.
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As Academy Award-winning films go, Mrs. Miniver has not weathered the years all that well. This prettified, idealized view of the upper-class British home front during World War II sometimes seems over-calculated and contrived when seen today. In particular, Greer Garson's Oscar-winning performance in the title role often comes off as artificial, especially when she nobly tends her rose garden while her stalwart husband (Walter Pidgeon) participates in the evacuation at Dunkirk. However, even if the film has lost a good portion of its ability to move and inspire audiences, it is easy to see why it was so popular in 1942-and why Winston Churchill was moved to comment that its propaganda value was worth a dozen battleships. Everyone in the audience-even English audiences, closer to the events depicted in the film than American filmgoers-liked to believe that he or she was capable of behaving with as much grace under pressure as the Miniver family. The film's setpieces-the Minivers huddling in their bomb shelter during a Luftwaffe attack, Mrs. Miniver confronting a downed Nazi paratrooper in her kitchen, an annual flower show being staged despite the exigencies of bombing raids, cleric Henry Wilcoxon's climactic call to arms from the pulpit of his ruined church-are masterfully staged and acted, allowing one to ever so briefly forget that this is, after all, slick propagandizing. In addition to Best Picture and Best Actress, Mrs. Miniver garnered Oscars for best supporting actress (Teresa Wright), best director (William Wyler), best script (Arthur Wimperis, George Froschel, James Hilton, Claudine West), best cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg) and best producer (Sidney Franklin). Sidebar: Richard Ney, who plays Greer Garson's son, later married the actress-and still later became a successful Wall Street financier. Mrs. Miniver was followed by a 1951 sequel, The Miniver Story, but without the wartime setting the bloom was off the rose. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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auth_author2Dorr, William Ripley.
Franklin, Sidney A., 1893-1972.
Froeschel, George.
Garson, Greer, 1904-1996.
Gillespie, Arnold, 1899-1978.
Hilton, James, 1900-1954.
Kress, Harold F., 1913-1999.
Newcombe, Warren.
Ney, Richard.
Owen, Reginald, 1887-1972.
Pidgeon, Walter, 1897-1984.
Ruttenberg, Joseph, 1889-1983.
Severn, Christopher, 1935-
Stothart, Herbert, 1885-1949.
Struther, Jan, 1901-1953.
Travers, Henry, 1874-1965.
West, Claudine, 1890-1943.
Whitty, May, Dame, 1865-1948.
Wilcoxon, Henry, 1905-1984.
Wimperis, Arthur, 1874-1953.
Wright, Teresa, 1918-2005.
Wyler, William, 1902-1981.
author2-roleDorr, William Ripley.
Franklin, Sidney A.,1893-1972.
Froeschel, George.
Garson, Greer,1904-1996.
Gillespie, Arnold,1899-1978.
Hilton, James,1900-1954.
Kress, Harold F.,1913-1999.
Loew's Incorporated.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Newcombe, Warren.
Ney, Richard.
Owen, Reginald,1887-1972.
Pidgeon, Walter,1897-1984.
Ruttenberg, Joseph,1889-1983.
Severn, Christopher,1935-
St. Luke's Choristers (Long Beach, Calif.)
Stothart, Herbert,1885-1949.
Struther, Jan,1901-1953.Mrs. Miniver.
Travers, Henry,1874-1965.
Turner Entertainment Co.
Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
West, Claudine,1890-1943.
Whitty, May,Dame,1865-1948.
Wilcoxon, Henry,1905-1984.
Wimperis, Arthur,1874-1953.
Wright, Teresa,1918-2005.
Wyler, William,1902-1981.
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subject_facetEngland -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Drama
Families -- England -- 20th century -- Drama
Feature films
Film adaptations
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
Married people -- England -- 20th century -- Drama
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Middle class families -- England -- 20th century -- Drama
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
War films
World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Drama
title_displayMrs. Miniver
title_fullMrs. Miniver [videorecording] / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; a William Wyler Production ; produced by Loew's Incorporated ; produced by Sidney Franklin ; screen play by Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, based on the book by Jan Struther ; directed by William Wyler
title_shortMrs. Miniver
topic_facetFamilies
Man-woman relationships
Married people
Middle class families
Social conditions
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
World War, 1939-1945
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