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Mrs. Miniver
Drama, War, Romance
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William Wyler
Henry Travers as Mr. Ballard
Clare Sandars as Judy Miniver
Connie Leon as Simpson
Christopher Severn as Toby Miniver
Greer Garson as Mrs. Miniver
Brenda Forbes as Gladys - Housemaid
Reginald Owen as Foley
Helmut Dantine as German Flyer
John Abbott as Fred
Walter Pidgeon as Clem Miniver
Dame May Whitty as Lady Beldon
Teresa Wright as Carol Beldon
Storyline: The Minivers, an English "middle-class" family experience life in the first months of World War II. While dodging bombs, the Miniver's son courts Lady Beldon's granddaughter. A rose is named after Mrs. Miniver and entered in the competition against Lady Beldon's rose.
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Boggles the Mind
I'd give this turkey zero stars if I could, but a "1" will have to do. All the glowing reviews must be jokes. This vapid, poorly -acted propaganda film is so bad it's hilarious. Winner of 6 Academy Awards, you say? Nonsense. Those Awards weren't won - they were paid for fair and square. Garson's acting is zombie-like and the rest of the characters are equally dull: Her husband is a buffoon, her pilot son a swish, her younger son an irritating brat and her daughter unremarkable. Think the son is gong to buy it? Wrong! The brand-spanking new daughter-in- law does and her death scene is so predictable yet trite it made my eyes ache. And the church scene at the end - so much stiff upper lipiness it made me want to turn the thing off and brew some tea.
A powerful image of war on the home front
This film is great movie because it pulls at the heartstrings and brings forth real emotion in the viewer. As somebody who has recently moved away from a war-zone, the sense of loss of the innocent at the hands of a heartless and remorseless enemy actually moved me to tears.

I can see why the movie won so many Oscars - the performances are far above the standards of many of today's "greats", and the longer shots (unlike today's "grunge" editing or excessive camera movements) give the cast a chance to act out scenes in depth instead of doing one line at a time as is the current vogue. In one scene between the young Belden and Miniver, all the dialogue is conveyed by subtle body language. We don't see that from most modern films - cheap dialogue substitutes for communication. Less really is more.

I have one niggle - every single visual detail is wrong - it was filmed in America, where everything looks different. The train was not a Southern Region train, the garden fence wasn't British, and the interiors were like nothing you'd seen in English villages. And some of the accents were uncomfortably like products from "Dick Van Dyke's School of Bad Cockney" - a dialect only spoken in the East End of London!!!

Other than that, this film was a great, and I await the DVD eagerly.
The People's War
With the help of the extensive British colony in Hollywood, William Wyler directed at MGM the best World War II propaganda film to come out of our film industry. Mrs. Miniver won a host of Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress for Greer Garson, Best Supporting Actress for Teresa Wright, Best Director for William Wyler, all deserved.

Forget all the war pictures, this film about the trials of a British family just before and during World War II struck a poignant note with the American public. Showing how they were coping with the attacks on their civilian population made every American family identify with the Minivers. If they fail in their resolution to defend their blessed isle, we in America could be facing these same trials and depredations.

Like the people in The Diary of Anne Frank, the Minivers are such ordinary folks, caught up in a thing that was not of their making. The film opens with Greer Garson coming home after a shopping trip to London deciding how to tell her husband Walter Pidgeon about a new hat. On the way home, the stationmaster Henry Travers asks Garson permission to name a rose he's been cultivating for the flower show the Miniver Rose. Pidgeon's splurged on a new car and he's trying to figure out how to tell Garson.

The war comes and the Minivers and all their neighbors in their small country town have to deal with rationing and shortages and then the blitz as the ruling malignancy in Germany seeks to terrorize the British people into submission. As London took it as their Prime Minister said it would, so to do the small villages and hamlets, especially if they're located next to an RAF base.

Which is where their oldest boy, Richard Ney, is now stationed after having left Oxford. He's involved too, with a radiantly beautiful Teresa Wright as the granddaughter of the local grande dame, Dame May Witty.

Wright is involved in two of my favorite scenes. When she first meets the pretentious Ney and gently but firmly puts him down, who could help but fall for this girl. And her final scene with Greer Garson is what I'm convinced got them both Oscars. You have to see it, I can't say more and the hardest of hearts will be moved.

Pidgeon's moment comes when he's called away because he owns a small boat, a cabin cruiser we'd call it and ordered to take it to Ramsbottom. It's the beginning of the greatest citizen mobilization of the last century, the evacuation of the British Army from the beach at Dunkirk. He and thousands like him are told what the mission is and they could expect to be under fire at that beach and crossing 40 miles of English Channel. No one flinches and a very nice animated scene at night is showing all of these small crafts filling up the river on a date with history.

Garson also comes face to face with Nazism herself as she first is held captive and then turns the tables on a wounded Nazi flier who bailed out played by Helmut Dantine. Don't think all the women in America didn't think about coming face to face with evil right in their kitchens.

Both Walter Pidgeon for Best Actor and Henry Travers for Best Supporting Actor got nominations themselves, but lost to James Cagney and Van Heflin respectively. In addition Dame May Witty was also up for Best Supporting Actress, but lost to her fellow cast member Teresa Wright.

The valedictory for the film is delivered by Vicar Henry Wilcoxon after a bad raid in which several cast members are killed. With so much death and destruction waged on them at home, it has become the people's war, more a people's war than it was even in the United States with so many civilian casualties. We got a taste of it at Pearl Harbor and a much bigger taste on 9/11 in New York, Northern Virginia, and on the Pennsylvania countryside. The words of Henry Wilcoxon should be standard reading or viewing. It's what makes Mrs. Miniver such a timeless classic as we deal with another brand of totalitarian malignancy in this century.
A perennial favorite
Not for nothing was this film awarded the Best Picture Oscar for 1942, not to mention two acting awards (from 5 acting nominations), best director, cinematography and screenplay.

The story of a middle class British family bravely facing the trials of WWII is filled with charming subplots - the romance of the firstborn son and a daughter of the local gentry, the drama of the local flower show, and the excitements of air battle and D-Day. Each character is precisely drawn and beautifully played, from the local grocer/blackout warden to Mrs. Miniver herself (the lovely Greer Garson).

I'm particularly partial to British stories, anyway, but this film has a little something for everyone. There's low comedy from the working classes who serve in the Miniver household and gather at the flower show. Gentle high comedy pervades the scenes featuring Lady Beldon (Dame May Whitty). There's youthful romance between Vincent Miniver (Richard Ney) and Carol Beldon (Teresa Wright), and the solid mature romance between Mr. (Walter Pidgeon) and Mrs. Miniver. There are adorable children and animals. And there's all the action of a war movie, with nightly bombings around the community, daytime air battles, Mr. Miniver joining a fleet of private sailing vessels for the rescue at Dunkirk, and Mrs. Miniver in the clutches of a German pilot whose plane crashes in the area.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll grip the arms of your chair - it's great cinema.
A very personal experience
When a film touches one's own reality it becomes something rather special. For this reason I have long held a deep affection for Wyler's saga of an English family on the home front from the immediate pre-second world period to the darkest days of the blitz. It has become very fashionable to sneer at "Mrs Miniver" as sentimental propaganda long after the events it depicted. Was it really like that? Well - yes and no. The whole was very cleverly orchestrated by a team of four scriptwriters (including James Hilton), Hollywood's most accomplished director (William Wyler), MGM's able in-house composer (Herbert Stothart), one of their best cameramen (Joseph Ruttenburg) and a cast, when not verging on the caricature, giving the nearest semblance to the emotions I can remember living through as a child during those dark days. No one sneered at the time and the film gathered a well deserved collection of Oscars. It was only afterwards that doubts set in and reactions from a new generation became derisory. Looking at it today there are many things that are not quite right but they tend to be minor such as the risibly awful choir at the garden party, the maid snivelling to the point of embarrassment, the phoney look of American style fencing around those English gardens and the endless digs at class which, although part and parcel of how things were, were never quite so overstated. Where the work really comes into its own is in its portrayal of human emotions which was always Wyler's trump card. A film that attempts to enshrine that spirit of togetherness that comes to the fore in times of adversity and the fight against a common evil needed a director able to convey with an almost tactile sense of human passion. William Wyler, who during his great period from "Jezebel" in 1938 to "Carrie" in 1952 depicted the human heart with an intensity that has hardly ever been seen before or since, invested his depiction of the British wartime home front with a sincerity that almost completely deflects the arrows of criticism it has so often received. Ask again if it was really like that and I would cite the air-raid shelter scene some two-thirds of the way through as being in every sense definitive. My mother protected me in just such a way during air-raids in South London during the 1940 blitz as do the Miniver parents their children. I remember the crescendo of destructive sounds as depicted in the film as if only yesterday.
Dated but still entertaining.
It may not have been the original intention, but William Wyler's adaptation of Mrs. Miniver is invaluable to the history of American cinema. Released in 1942, at the exact moment that Hitler's forces were bulldozing their way across the European continent, here was a movie that tried to examine the homefront of an ordinary British family and how they dealt with the tragedy of being besieged by the Nazis. This was a movie that was made during those events, when the outcome of the war was still uncertain.

The film stands out for many reasons, not least because of its point of view. Most Hollywood movies about the homefront dealt with the American Homefront, but here was a film front the frontlines, from the point of view of the British. It tells the story of the Miniver family, well-to-do British citizens whose lives are no more ordinary than anyone else. Father Clem Miniver (Walter Pigeon) is an architect, and she is a stay-at-home mother. They have three children, Vin (Richard Ney), Judy (Clare Sandars) and Toby (Christopher Severn).

Their lives are so ordinary, they might be invisible. Kay spends her time shopping and fussing about the house and the kids. Clem has his eye on material goods. Despite their middling income, they spend a little more than they should. Their kids are bound up in social issues like dating. Vin is in a relationship with pretty young Carol Beldon (Supporting Actress winner Teresa Wright). Her grandmother is stuffy old Mrs. Beldon (Dame Mae Witty), whose concern over the Nazi threat is less important than the annual flower show. The world is coming apart around these people, but they merely see the circumstances out of the corner of their eye.

This laconic view changes when the Nazis begin their bombing runs. Clem takes the boat and goes off to Dunkirk in order to rescue some soldiers in distress and Vin joins the R.A.F. The war, it seems, is arriving in their backyard and Kay experiences it first-hand when a wounded Nazi pilot hobbles his way into the Miniver kitchen. Night after night, the bombing runs destroy the England's cities and countryside. One of the bombs takes out half of the Miniver's living room.

What is interesting is that the Miniver family seems so organic to their setting. This is not a story of people who become heroes of the war just because it happened. Their response to the war grows out of their nature. Kay's heroic response to the wounded soldier is not based on clichés but on what we know of her up to that point. That life simply goes in the presence of these terrible surrounding is to the credit of the screenplay. In the midst of the bombing run, we are invited to the annual flower show which becomes as important to us as it does to the people who are attending.
Very dated morale booster, but with some good parts.
This film gets off to a REALLY slow start, so slow in fact that it may lose some viewers if it airs on television. However, it is worth staying with for Garson's performance as well as the rest of the ensemble cast, once the dramatic stakes are raised. The film really does show the impact of war on civilians more than other films of the day, and the long set-up starts to make sense later in the film when we really start pulling for this family.

I do think that this is one of the more dated of the Best Picture Academy Award winners of the era. (This was right before Casablanca raised the bar significantly.) It is undoubtedly the best-known of the TEN Best Picture nominees from that year (aside from The Magnificent Ambersons), but one could argue it was a week year at the Oscars in general. The film for which I would have voted, Now Voyager, wasn't even nominated! Just goes to show you what the mentality was like in the early 1940s--propaganda over substance.

The one good thing about this film winning Best Picture is that it increases the likelihood of Greer Garson being seen by movie buffs, and she deserves that. Fans of director William Wyler can obviously find better movies in his filmography. Grade for this film: B-
Homefront heroism
This film gives the full MGM treatment to the subject of how war affects the people who are not on the front lines.

Greer Garson well deserved the Oscar she got for playing a Britsh housewife during the German firestorm which fell on England. There is a gripping sequence in which ordinary civilians come face to face with the enemy. The final moments in the church are also truly moving. The film helped stir American audiences to really get behind the war against the Nazis.
Perhaps overt propaganda, the sentiment of its melodrama is no less valid.
The first of William Wyler's trio of Best Picture winners, the other great, the other not quite for me, comes with a stigmatic label as he admits it's guilty of a focused agenda. Made to provoke an emotional urgency for the Americans to join the second World War, Mrs. Miniver does often feel like overt propaganda. However, the sentiment of its melodrama is no less emotionally valid, and it often has some creative ways to deliver it in its resulting poignant third act. It is that final stretch which makes the film as it otherwise suffers from its episodic structure that only makes it sporadically engaging during lightweight sequences. It's otherwise saved by the terrific performances from its Oscar winning pair Greer Garson and Teresa Right who outshine their sometimes overacting supporting cast with nuanced and compassionate performances. At least the photography and production is relatively exquisite despite the limitations of an industry yet to be completely radicalised by Orson Welles. Yes, it's melodrama, but it's good melodrama, and it's stayed in the hearts of those who saw it in the 40s. Deserving of Best Picture? Not quite, but they could do worse. It does feel like its wins were making a statement however.

Daze Of Our Life
This is yet another once highly visible-cum-'classic' that has eluded me until now so once again I am viewing a film first released sixty-nine years ago and unashamedly propaganda. It's possible that the novel by Jan Struther provided more information that would answer nagging questions: For example, in an effort to illustrate the 'before' and 'after' aspects of World War II in England, the film opens in 1939 some three or four months prior to the outbreak of war and in the opening sequence Kay Miniver is shopping in London after which, complete with expensive new hat, she takes a train to the town/village where she lives. Whilst clearly within commuting distance - the local clergyman is on the same train - it is also on the sea because later Mr. (Clem) Miniver, is one of hundreds of small ship-owners who take part in the evacuation from Dunkirk and when he returns, several days later, he does so to his own private jetty, which would indicate somewhere like Chichester. This is one of the things which grate slightly today but may have been overlooked in 1942, another being the 'middle class' family who live in a large, cavernous house boasting a grand piano, a cook and a maid (and possibly a gardener who couldn't be worked into the plot). Wyler makes good use of many of the expatriates then living in Hollywood and the acting is uniformly excellent with only the occasional excursion into the stilted. Whilst not overly sentimental it did - in my case - manage to wring a tear or two even at this remove.
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