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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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The Best Picture of the Year - a World War II rally cry from England to the US
This terrific film about perseverance and courage helped rally U.S. support for our British allies in World War II. The first film to receive five acting nominations, winning two (one for Lead Actress Greer Garson and one for the comely Teresa Wright, Supporting Actress) and also earned William Wyler his first (out of three) Best Director Oscar. His other two were earned directing the Best Pictures in 1946 and 1959. Walter Pidgeon (Best Actor nominated) was also in the previous year's BP winner. Henry Travers (his only Oscar recognition) and Dame May Witty were the other Supporting nominees. The film also won for B&W Cinematography and Screenplay Writing, and received three other nominations for a grand total of twelve! #40 on AFI's 100 Most Inspiring Movies list. Added to the National Film Registry in 2009.

The film is set in England, early in WW II, as the country is trying to survive regular bombings by Germany, rationing, and other hardships. These realities are told through the Minivers, and others. Mr. & Mrs. Miniver (Pidgeon & Garson) have three children. Their eldest son (Richard Bey) meets and later marries Carol Beldon (Wright), who's the daughter of Lady Beldon (Whitty), a breeder of roses. Travers, Reginald Owen, among others provide support as the British strive to keep their stiff upper lips during these difficult times and tragedy.
Preachy propaganda
This Oscar winner focuses on the lives of a British family during World War II. Garson is OK in the title role but Pidgeon and Ney are better as her husband and son, respectively. The story seems very contrived and the sentiments are forced. This was obviously a propaganda movie and now suffers because of it. Wyler was certainly a capable director but this is not one of his better efforts, as he is undermined by the pretentious and preachy script. Although melodramatic and unconvincing, it does have good production values and is worth a look. However, this one pales in comparison to two other war-related movies released the same year, "Casablanca" and "To Be or Not to Be."
There are old movies that people will say you must see. Well, people say you must listen to Mozart, Ellington and the Beatles to understand life. This movie is not part of human history; it is not the Pyramids. You don't have to make it part of your experience.

Instead, it is a piece of wartime propaganda. Worthy at the time, created for a good cause, but propaganda. (I have to admit the bomb shelter scene made me pause.)

Overall? Skip this one and watch 'Casablanca', a better propaganda film. Or watch 'Hope and Glory' and see the situation without propaganda. Heck, if you have to, watch all three to understand truth. Truth? I suggest 'Slaughterhouse Five' - after you've read Bullock's "A Study in Tyranny".
Take the time
Why do so many younger viewers, or stubborn older ones for that matter, avoid a 1940s movie because they perceive it as "old-timey"? This classic film from director William Wyler -- who was to later film "The Best Years of Our Lives" -- makes one laugh, cry and understand the effect of war (timeless war) on so many lives while entertaining the viewer with such ease. Anyone who is not touched by such a film has no business calling himself/herself a film fan. Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson show why they were such popular stars of their day, and Teresa Wright's performance is magnificent while also familiar to those who know her work. Dame May Witty shows her versatility in a key role of this story concerning class differences in the face of a world war. Look for other familiar faces such as Henry Travers, Henry Wilcoxon, and Reginald Owen, and after viewing check through references to see the the off-screen connection between Garson and the actor who plays her son, Richard Ney.
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.
a good character, war film
'Mrs. Miniver' is a film about life in an English village during World War II. In this film, there is a relationship between a young soldier and a young, village girl. There is also a story about a rose being named after one of the ladies and a flower show to determine the prettiest rose. A German plane is also shot down, and this brings the war closer to the village. This film is shot in black and white, and it is more about the characters in the film over the backdrop of the war and exploding bombs, guns, and falling planes. The only criticism about this film is that it's very American in appearance; the house definitely looks American, and I believe that the film was made more for an American audience than an English one. Despite the minor flaws that do not detract from the film, it's a pretty good one to watch if you are interested in World War II and its affect on society.
A Different Kind of War Movie
War is hell. William Tecumseh Sherman said it in 1880. But in Hollywood, war is adventurous, romantic, spectacular, dramatic, even a little fun once in a while. Okay, there are exceptions (see "All Quiet On the Western Front", among others). In those cases, war is bleak, gruesome, stressful, and restless.

And then there's "Mrs. Miniver".

This is a different kind of war movie, the earliest one of which I have seen (perhaps the first of its kind?). You see, this is not a war movie on the field of battle; this is about the trials of those on the home front. Very obviously topical when released in 1942, "Mrs. Miniver" still rings true in this day and age of terrorism and unstable alliances.

Greer Garson stars as Kay Miniver, whose chief concern at the top of the movie appears to be whether someone else beat her to the department store and bought the latest hat before she did. Her husband, Clem (Walter Pidgeon), is an architect who just bought a nicer car because he felt he deserved it. Their oldest son, Vin (Richard Ney), is full of idealistic rhetoric, thanks to his time spent at Oxford University. And then we have Toby and Judy, the two young Miniver children, fresh-faced, playful, and inquisitive.

Not much happens in Belham, the town in which they live. The most scandalous thing going on is that a local rail man named Mr. Ballard (Henry Travers) has entered a rose in the town's annual flower contest to compete against Lady Beldon (Dame May Witty), who has won uncontested for nearly 30 years. Oh, and Mr. Ballard's rose is named the "Mrs. Miniver".

Then, one Sunday morning (September 3, 1939, to be exact), England declares war on Germany. And suddenly, all those little things don't matter anymore.

"Mrs. Miniver" recounts the bravery of civilian life in war-torn England in the opening months of the Second World War. Watching this, I saw how Kay Miniver changed from vain housewife to a pillar of strength in her efforts to keep the home fires burning. But it wasn't just a day-to-day account of her life at home. She had to deal with air raids, strafing runs and, in one pivotal scene, getting up-close-and-personal with the enemy. Through all of this, life does continue in Belham, that is, when the Germans aren't around. With that, the flower contest goes on as scheduled, but I won't reveal which rose won (just in case you haven't seen this movie yet).

Okay, so why reveal these plot points? Just to illustrate how well-written this movie is. Granted, it does get preachy (literally) at the end, but the message is clear: War doesn't belong to the soldiers in the field, it belongs to everyone, and everyone must do their part.

As for the performances, I give my best nods to Henry Travers and to Greer Garson. Travers' portrayal of the affable Mr. Ballard is as charming as it is simple. As for Greer Garson's performance in the title role, well, I've always been a sucker for dynamic characters. Though a bit melodramatic at points, her strength at the end of the movie almost makes you forget how naïve she was at the beginning. As I made the comparison myself, I suddenly realized that all the material things we crave day-in and day-out aren't important. Sure, they may have some kind of meaning, or even a matter of significance, but in the end, they're just things. Perhaps that is a lesson we all need to learn once in a while.
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.
Flawed classic
Extremely effective argument for supporting the English in the early days of WWII. Great performances all around with Pidgeon underrated, as always. The dame played by May Whitty dates the film badly. She is an insufferable, superior, class obsessed old bitch. At one point she explains to Mrs. M how she believes in "breeding" not unlike the Nazis who are about to bomb her village. Her final human gesture at the flower show does not redeem this relic from another time. It does mar the movie as does the fact that the Miniver's have a cook and a maid whom they treat condescendingly. Still it is a superbly made film that is hard to dismiss.
Carry on!
MRS. MINIVER is the most satisfying movie I ever have seen about the ability of the English to "keep a stiff upper lip" and to "carry on" through the most adverse of circumstances; an ability which they have demonstrated again this week after bombings in London. The archetypal characters immortalize on film the indomitable spirit of the English through the darkest days of World War II. The scene of the Minivers in their shelter, children and cat asleep, husband and wife sipping tea poured from a vacuum bottle and quietly discussing ALICE IN WONDERLAND while bombs dropped by German air force fliers are exploding around them, by itself is worth the price of admission. And through it all, Miss Garson's hair and makeup remain 40's flawless. A classic!
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