Mommie Dearest (1981)

129 min.
Plot  Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) is a driven actress and compulsively clean housekeeper who tries to control the lives of those around her as tightly as she controls herself. To prepare for a work day at MGM Studios, she rises at 4:00 a.m. and engages in a strict morning ritual: scrubbing her face and arms with soap and boiling hot water, then plunging her face into a bowl of rubbing alcohol and ice to close the pores. When Helga (Alice Nunn), a new maid, thinks she has Joan's living room in spotless condition, Joan finds one minor detail that she overlooked and loses her temper.

Joan is in a relationship with Hollywood lawyer Gregg Savitt (Steve Forrest), but her career is in a bit of a downswing. Despite desperately wanting a baby, she is unable to get pregnant: seven pregnancies when she was married to actor Franchot Tone have all ended in miscarriages. When she is denied an application for adoption, she enlists Gregg's help to secure a baby. Joan adopts a girl whom she names C...



Faye Dunaway
Joan Crawford
Diana Scarwid
Christina Crawford
Mara Hobel
Young Christina
Steve Forrest
Greg Savitt
Howard Da Silva
Louis B. Mayer
Rutanya Alda
Carol Ann
Priscilla Pointer
Mrs. Chadwick
Xander Berkeley
Christopher Crawford
Belita Moreno
Belinda Rosenberg


All Titles

Mommie Dearest
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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