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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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Dated but powerful World War II melodrama
Winston Churchill's favorite movie was "Mrs. Miniver" and I can see why. It's an American picture designed to create a deep bond between a formerly isolationist American public (recently thrust into war) with the British people (who had already been involved in World War II for two years). While it has many moving scenes, 'Mrs. Miniver' is also very uneven.

The first half hour of the film is extremely slow-moving. We're introduced to the town of Belham with both its upper-class and lower middle-class characters. Henry Travers (famous for playing 'Clarence' in 'It's a Wonderful Life' five years later) plays Mr. Ballard, the kindly stationmaster who plans to enter his rose in an annual flower festival sponsored by Lady Beldon (he names the flower 'Mrs. Miniver' in honor of the title character who has been friendly with him in the village for years). Ballard is a rustic simpleton and Lady Beldon is the stuffy aristocrat who provide the 'comic' relief in the film. Suffice it to say that the conflict over the flower is probably the weakest (and most dated) aspect of the picture.

And then there's Mrs. Miniver and her husband, Clem, who we're also introduced to during this opening sequence. The Minivers both feel guilty about spending money over budget—Mrs. Miniver worries about an expensive hat and Mr. Miniver is concerned about a new car he's purchased. They are the parents of two small but wonderful kids. Soon afterward, we discover that Mrs. Miniver has a son, Vin, who's a student at Oxford (the casting of the Richard Ney as the son seems a bit odd since Greer Garson doesn't look much older than him; in real life she was 11 years older and ironically they got married right after this picture was made—only to divorce five years later!). Vin is probably the most interesting of the family members as he has Socialist leanings and seems a bit of a hothead. Also in the mix is Lady Beldon's granddaughter, Carol, (played by a solid Theresa Wright), who comes over to see Mrs. Miniver who she hopes will persuade her good friend Ballard to drop out of the flower festival (and allow her grandmother to take the top prize, as she's done for the past thirty years).

The film's inciting incident occurs when the Vicar makes his announcement to the townspeople during a Sunday morning service that England has declared war on Germany. The film then focuses on the townspeoples' response (and particularly how the Minivers react and contribute to the war effort). There are many memorable scenes. Clem Miniver gets a call to meet with the other middle-aged and older men in the town at 2:30 in the morning at a bar and then are called upon to take their boats and be part of the famous rescue of thousands of British soldiers on the beaches at Dunkirk (the scene where an 'armada' of small boats slowly moving out to sea is very impressive). And then there's Mrs. Miniver who ends up confronting a downed German flier inside her house while he brandishes a pistol (in a touch of pure propaganda, Mrs. Miniver slaps the soldier in the face during his ugly pro-Nazi diatribe!).

The two most powerful scenes in the film correspond to the Act 2 Crisis and Act 3 Climax. The Crisis occurs when the Minivers huddle with their young children inside the bomb shelter at their house. There are no exterior visuals of the bombing raid itself. The focus is on the family's reaction as we hear the SOUND of the bombs falling. It's a powerful and unsettling scene since it reveals what it's like for ordinary people to be caught up in the horrors of war. The Climax is even more shocking. Throughout the film we're expecting that Vin (who is now an RAF pilot) will end up as the one who's killed. But as Mrs. Miniver and Carol (who now has married Vin) drive home after the flower festival during an air raid (with their headlights off to avoid detection), Carol is shot as one of the enemy planes flies low and strafes the area with gunfire. Mrs. Miniver cradles the dying Carol in her arms after she manages to get back to her house. The next day, they're about to tell their son Carol is dead but he already has heard. The townspeople gather for a memorial service and all note the sacrifice of various victims including Carol and the kindly Mr. Ballard. The town is transformed with the Vicar speaking on their behalf during his sermon. He echoes the townspeoples' collective determination to see the war effort through, eventually leading to victory.

While the film is called "Mrs. Miniver", she feels incomplete as a character. There are long stretches in the film where the focus is not on Mrs. Miniver at all. Aside from her confrontation with the German pilot, most of her role focuses on nurturing family members.

'Mrs. Miniver' served a vital function during World War II to boost the morale of the American public on the home front. If you're expecting on the other hand to see the kind of multi-dimensional characters found in a film like 'It's a Wonderful Life', you will be sadly disappointed. The powerful scenes of war along with its impact on ordinary people all but make up for the incomplete character studies proffered up by the film's screenwriters.
Sixty-odd years after, "Mrs. Miniver" is still a poignant, well-made family film worth viewing
With my repeat viewings of "Mrs. Miniver" on cable TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and PBS, too, I came to realize what a well-made film it is. Certainly deserved the multiple Oscar achievement awards it received. It may be overlooked under the tag of being a WWII propaganda film. "Mrs. Miniver" of 1943 does deliver a poignant war-related story, with an exceptional ensemble cast (including the two young children Minivers) and subtly masterful direction by William Wyler.

The script of four writers somehow managed to include many aspects of wartime family trials and tribulations, young men and older ones fighting for their country, women's role and family members young and old, rich, poor or middle-class, how they cope with their daily living. Amidst all, humor is not forgotten and the atmosphere the family scenes or common-folk (premise being in the early '40s in rural England, we have the station master, butcher, milkman, housemaid, tavern owner) encounters generate are congenial and touching. The central Miniver family is well-represented: father, mother, young daughter and son with a pet cat, and a grown-up son from Oxford. Best supporting actress, Teresa Wright's performance is truly one to watch, everything told from her face with the varying expressions keenly matching her co-stars: Richard Ney (Vin), Greer Garson (Vin's mother), Dame May Witty (her aunt Lady Beldon). Especially when her character Carol Beldon's relationship with Vin Miniver, scholar turned RAF airman, took an unexpected turn. It may seem dramatic, but stepping back, in wartime, anything can happen without warning and such reality holds true still for today.

The set design (by Edwin Willis), photography (by Joseph Ruttenberg), and editing (by Harold Kress), including music (by Herbert Stothart) applied, are all integral with attention to details. I see the swans between Garson and Henry Travers' Mr. Ballard during their impromptu morning chat with the lake behind them (before a suspenseful sequence to follow). The collapsed dining room scene: first we see father, son and daughter standing there, camera pulls back and we see their backs from behind what they are facing the dismal room in ruins (impact of air-raid silent but loud). The pastor talking to his parish community - the beginning and the end scenes contrasting each other. The siren shelter space with the individual first-aid boxes marked with respective family member names, a certain telling sadness prevails. There are also quiet nuance moments between husband and wife scenes from Walter Pidgeon and Garson which inform us what a loving and delightful relationship the two share: in the bedroom, at air-raid shelter, when they're dancing, at dinner table, singing together at the church congregation. So many seemingly minor elements yet never overlooked.

Just like William Wyler's post WWII film "The Best Years of Our Lives" 1946, I have grown to appreciate these Hollywood gems that are truly well-made in every way. Other black & white war-related films commendable are: Delmer Daves' "Pride of the Marines" 1945 with John Garfield; Fred Zinnemann's "The Men" 1950 with Marlon Brando and Teresa Wright again; Mark Robson's "Bright Victory" 1951 with Arthur Kennedy; and of course, Howard Hawk's "Sergeant York" 1941 with Gary Cooper as the WWI American hero (I've posted user comments at "imdb.com/title/tt0034167/usercomments-38").
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.
Dated look at Brits on the home front during the Battle of Britian
I'm simply amazed at the popularity of this film when originally released. MGM and theaters made a bundle in profits, as it wasn't expensive to make. Today, it comes across as very dated and way too slow paced for most viewers. I almost fell asleep during the first half hour, which was the most boring. Obviously, the main point of the film was to give Americans a better idea of what civilian Brits went through during The Battle of Britain, and what they might again go through if the Germans came up with a better long range bomber

It was only when that wounded German pilot was discovered in the Miniver's back yard, that things got mildly interesting for a while. Before this, the air raid warden showed up at their home and demanded that they extinguish all lights so the German night bombers would have difficulty locating targets. Later, the Minivers experience close bombing while hiding in their air raid shelter(a converted root cellar?). Meanwhile, a bomb destroyed much of their home. Strangely, they didn't seem terribly upset at this loss.

Meanwhile, their son Vin, who had recently become an RAF pilot, wants to marry the 16 y.o. granddaughter(Carol) of a upper class acquaintance. After some hesitation, this is approved by the parents or guardian, who are afraid the marriage will be very brief, given the casualty rate among RAF pilots. But Carol says she would rather marry Vin now and have him die soon than wait until the war is over. Ironically, it is Carol who dies from German shrapnel while in a car with Mrs. Miniver.

The special effects generally looked sorry. I couldn't believe that the fighters flying overhead at the end appeared to be vibrating like crazy!

I can't believe this film won the '42 Oscar! I would have opted for either "Yankee Doodle Dandy" or "Holiday Inn" : 2 classic musical comedies.

As a side note, 38y.o. Greer Garson, who played Mrs. Miniver, and 26y.o. Richard Ney, who played her son, got hitched the following year. It only lasted a few years.
Classic Walter Pidgeon
Exceptional British drama. Pro-British war propaganda, but reading betw/lines yields conflict and self-doubt about the righteousness. `Normal English family in the abnormal circumstances of war' - G.Carson is convincing. We see why the best actors really are British (or Canadian), not American. Greer Garson; not only talented but unnervingly beautiful -- still a stunning beauty at 1978 Academy Awards (74 years old). `Why these, why these innocents?', queries the vicar. Ordinary people trying to keep ordinary lives, during the extraordinary: war. Families in Baghdad 2 months ago probably doing same. Think about it.
stands the test of time
One unnoticed talent in the picture was Christopher Severn playing the part of Toby Miniver, the Miniver's youngest child. Child actors are often cast strictly for their appearance and their performances frequently leave much to be desired. However, Christopher, playing at such a young age, gives an absolutely delightful performance that is also refreshingly professional. His timing is excellent, his dialogue is on the button, and he hits all his marks. He far outshines his other child co-star. He contributed to every scene he was in. Ironically, the rest of his short career was spent in oblivion, not even receiving screen credit in some of his roles.

The rest of the picture is very good. The sappy violin music through much of the picture could be toned down. But the picture as a whole is far less sappy than many other propaganda pictures of the day and much more believable. Callous modern audiences, hardened by the deadening sex and violence constantly doled out on today's screen, may find some of its conventions amusing. But it stands the test of time and is still a very watchable picture.
Drama Setting Movie
Very good movie! For some reason this was a very good movie. It was a drama filled movie even though I don't like drama in my own life. This movie was very well acted, and I think the reason I liked it so much is because personally I like the whole family thing, and the drama in movies as long as it doesn't have to do with me! Anyway, some suspenseful things happened in the movie, after a plane crashed and Mrs. Miniver tried to help, this is during World War II so one of "Kay's" friends dies in an attack and Kay is a wreck. They were very close and that has just added more drama to the movie. I was not disappointed at all and this movie kept my attention with some suspenseful scenes!
Might Be William Wyler's Warm, Affectionate, Spirited Masterpiece
Mrs. Miniver might be William Wyler's warm, affectionate, spirited masterpiece, so natural and emotional. The source of these organic traits is the film's portrayal of the leisurely, unsuspecting life lived by the characters: Greer Garson, in a beautiful performance, plays the title role, a family woman living in a comfortable suburban house in London with Walter Pidgeon, giving one of the most genuine, natural, and realistic performances of the silver screen era, and several live-in housekeepers while their son is off at college. As German occupation looms, their community seems so pure and diplomatic that the idea of the SS disruption is intensely real to us, tragic. Winston Churchill himself claimed with complete confidence that this film did more to raise the morale of British troops "than a fleet of destroyers."

A big part of that surely comes from the movie's depiction of England's resourceful prevention of invasion, as is illustrated in a quiet sequence wherein Pidgeon takes his motorboat to aid in the Dunkirk evacuations, and of course England was the only European country that successfully averted occupation. The most powerful scene in the film, a tour de force of direction, is the when Mrs. Miniver is confronted by a wounded German pilot in her home, quite a shock, yet handled with humble calm.

The heartbreaking element of this film is how joyous it is to see the joy of its characters in the peace of their community with a growing amount to lose. One of the best non- contemporary achievements in cinema, Mrs. Miniver is a moving, uplifting portrait of a country's growing determination to defend their way of life.
A Good Film for 1942
Yes, Winston Churchill may have been right when he said this film did more for the war effort that most of the weapons used in the war. Then again, Mrs. Miniver is placed in the pile of propaganda films of the 1940's. Ok, this film had a nice story and gave hope to war struck England in the early 1940's. It also constructed a female role model figure for women of the time to follow. Maybe? I personally, was waited to see a giant transformation of Mrs. Miniver. At the start of the film, we see her main concern being to buy a hat to look pretty and to avoid letting her husband know about it. Later, we see the proper English women accepting the war and letting her elder son and husband do their part to fight Germany. Still, we do not see Mrs. Miniver helping at the factories or in the soup kitchens. Yes, her perfect world is shattered, but we do not see her donate her at to the war effort. The only scene in the film that stands the test of time is the bomb shelter moment where we see Mrs. Miniver do the most honorable thing a mother can do, she holds onto her son as the bombs are being dropped over England. Enough said, that scene is reason enough to remember the Best Picture of 1942.
A perfect look at a not so perfect transition in time.
There's nothing like a suburban British housewife to aid her family in getting through the war. In the case of the upper middle class Miniver family, it is the wife (Greer Garson) who keeps the home fires burning, literally, as she fends off Nazi fliers, keeps her children calm in an air raid, and helps the family mend through a tragedy concerning her oldest son (Richard Ney) and the young woman he loves (Teresa Wright). She is also beloved in her village of Belden, given the distinct honor of having a beautiful red rose named after her by the town's long-time railroad station master (Henry Travers), daring to enter it in a contest opposite the town's delightfully imperious matriarch (Dame May Witty), Wright's grandmother. This leads to the famous town flower show sequence, a plot element so remembered by fans that years later it was incorporated into "Downton Abbey" involving Dame Maggie Smith's character.

Of course, there's more to this film than a flower show, the guilt over buying a new hat during troubled financial times (while husband Walter Pidgeon buys a new car on the very same day with the same trepidation of telling his wife) and young love. It's about England's transition from innocence to potential annihilation as the evil Nazi Germany bombs the town (at least they waited until the winner of the Belden cup was announced), and how peace loving communities will not allow tyrants to attempt to destroy their freedom. Everybody in this peaceful village gets involved, from store owner turned air raid warden Reginald Owen, parson Henry Wilcoxin and even the Miniver's servants. A screenplay filled with light sentiment, sweet romance, subtle comedy and a divine spirituality of good vs. evil makes this truly a perfect film with everybody excellently cast and the pacing perfectly fitting to each mood that the film undertakes.

It's been tempting over the years to make fun of this film which has been spoofed ("Laugh-In", parodying the Nazi soldier with Arte Johnson approaching guest-star Garson) and given legend for Garson's alleged lengthy Oscar speech. It should be noted that 1943's Oscar Winning Best Film "Casablanca" had a New York release during the same year as "Mrs. Miniver", which makes a close call for which of the two would have won the Oscar had "Casablanca" had its Los Angeles release just a few months earlier. On its own, "Mrs. Miniver" still stands the test of time today, and that is also due to its brilliant screenplay and tight direction by the legendary William Wyler.
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