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Mommie Dearest

Rated PG 129 minutes 1981

In spite of its reputation, and thanks in part to Faye Dunaway's remarkable performance as Joan Crawford, this 1981 adaptation of Christina Crawford's memoir about her driven, abusive mother is arguably too good to qualify as camp, even if it begins (and fitfully proceeds) like a horror film. Director Frank Perry, who collaborated with three others (including producer Frank Yablans) on the script, gives it all a certain crazed conviction. With Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, and, as Louis B. Mayer, Howard da Silva.

Film Credits

Director: Frank Perry

Writer: Christina Crawford, Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry and Frank Yablans

Producer: David Koontz, Terence O'Neill and Frank Yablans

Cast: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Howard da Silva, Mara Hobel, Rutanya Alda, Harry Goz, Michael Edwards, Jocelyn Brando, Priscilla Pointer, Joe Abdullah, Gary Allen, Selma Archerd, Xander Berkeley, Matthew Campion and Carolyn Coates

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