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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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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-
War Drama Still Highly Significant
With her peaceful English life suddenly thrown into turmoil by the Second World War, MRS. MINIVER continues to provide a solid rock of security for her family.

Released seven months after America's entry into the War, this film did a great deal to inform the American people about Britain's defiance against Nazi Germany and the steadfast resolution of the British people in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. Coming at a time of heightened emotions - as well as being expertly produced and extremely well acted - it is easy to see why the film earned 6 Oscars, including Best Picture & Best Director.

Greer Garson is completely marvelous in the title role, (for which she won the Best Actress Oscar), presenting a portrait of grace & courage under fire which transcends mere acting. She is representing an entire island full of women who grew the crops & ran the factories and kept the nation operating while the men went to battle. Through her wonderful performance, Garson shows how those she symbolized more than did their part in the fight against the Axis.

Two other ladies give outstanding performances in the film. As the local aristocrat, Dame May Whitty is properly imperious & proud, yet the viewer sees her character unbend over the course of the film to become much more vulnerable. Winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, lovely Teresa Wright is luminous as Dame May's granddaughter. Sweetly sensible, elegantly at ease, joyous during hardships, Miss Wright gives a performance not easy to forget.

In solid, understated roles, both Walter Pidgeon as Mr. Miniver & Richard Ney as his elder son, supply good support to the ladies in the cast. Pidgeon gets to pilot one of the Little Boats to Dunkirk and Ney becomes a flyer with the RAF, but both are performed in an almost subdued manner, leaving the heroics to the women.

A quintet of fine actors add small, deft brushstrokes to the movie's canvas: cherubic Henry Travers as the station-master who delights in the gentle art of breeding roses; blustery Reginald Owen as the local storekeeper who eagerly takes over as air raid warden; kindly Henry Wilcoxon as the village vicar; blunt Rhys Williams as the boyfriend of the Miniver's maid (comically played by Brenda Forbes); and Helmut Dantine as the pitiless German pilot who briefly invades the Miniver household.

Six-year-old Christopher Severn will either delight or annoy as the Miniver's talkative infant son. Clare Sandars, as his slightly older sister, is left something of a cipher by the script.

Movie mavens should recognize Ian Wolfe, uncredited as a boatman helping with the Dunkirk rescue.

The scenes involving the brutal aerial bombardment are still vividly suspenseful, focusing primarily on the faces of the actors involved.
Another romantic war movie. There seem to be so many. I didn't find this one much different from the rest. The acting of the main roles was good and the camera-work was all good and stuff but I still didn't appreciate the movie as a whole. The ending was OK too but a little cheesy. The death was sad and showed how bad war is. I don't see why she didn't win the flower competition. I also didn't like how they portrayed war as a whole and I thought they were contradicting themselves in some parts with the symbolism and whatnot. The best parts were in the beginning before all the war stuff happens and ruins everything.
Going to War
I have a problem with "message" movies. These are movies where there is a simple value or point the filmmaker wants us to get. Its going to be more of an exercise in convincing than engaging, more about slanting than exposing, more about him/her and less about us.

Its at least interesting with "christian" movies which are often about a fight with the devil, and are considered by the filmmaker to be a fight with that very same devil. Its less interesting with "documentaries" which are geared toward educating us. But its absolutely repellent when all the tools of fiction are turned toward making us have a particular political opinion.

These sorts of issues are behind every film, of course. Each film assumes a certain set of principles and laws of the presented world. And they certainly do change us. But its an inside out sort of thing in the best of them. Its when its the only intent, the only value, the only thing attempted and delivered that offends. Now in this case, it passes because it had Hitler to justify it. But it shouldn't; its smarmy business when its attempted.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.
" There is a sadness waiting for us and it's best to face it now "
In 1942 William Wyler directed this heart stirring film for the American Audience. Although it leans itself to early propaganda, it is nevertheless welcomed as a fine portrayal of Elnglish life prior to the beginning of World War II. The story is that of Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson) a married English woman who with her husband (Walter Pidgeon) Clem and their family are a typical middle class family. Enjoying the comforts of their lifestyle, they are a typical segment who enjoy life, their family and their country. Shortly thereafter, the director takes the audience through several life-changes segments beginning with the incoming war, it's fears, it's devastation and eventual outcome which few are able avoid. The great cast which includes Teresa Wright, Dame May Witty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney and Henry Wilcoxon as the Vicar. The dramatic movie possesses all the necessary elements of a true Classic and one which it truly deserves. Easily recommended. ****
Greer Garson's Oscar winning performance
Greer Garson deservedly won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the title role, a woman who fights to keep her home and family safe during World War II. She gives a moving performance as a wife and mother who sacrifices everything to keep her world together.

Garson also shines with her frequent co-star Walter Pidgeon, who starred in several movies with her. He also turns out a great performance.

"Mrs. Miniver" is the kind of touching movie you'll want to see again and again. I highly recommend it to any movie fan.
The People's War : Men on Battlefields, Women as the Sentinels of the Family Sanctuary ...
"Mrs. Miniver" is an insightful slice of upper-class life in small British towns. And Oscar-winning Greer Garson was born to play that role. She illuminates the screen with her delicate traits and her naturalness covering a wide range of attitudes (rather than emotions) from gravity and dignity to sympathy and some bits of extravagance. Of course, every now and then, Walter Pidgeon steals the show as the loving and caring husband, but the focus is clearly on the titular heroine.

And speaking of heroine, it seems like within its documentary value, William Wyler also tries to highlight the everyday heroism of women like Kay Miniver before the word would take its fullest meaning when War would be declared to Germany. Yes, it takes some moral strength, some guts, to raise a family, to make a man like Vin (Richard Ney) out of a boy, to make his involvement to defend his country going without saying, to take care of a house, man, children during a time where women were not -like feminists love to point out- slaves of men, but like the trustworthy sentinels of the family sanctuary, no less sacred than the city, whose defense relied on men's shoulders.

Men outside and women inside, this was not a denigration of women's rights but an equilibrium that every civilization had reached in a long natural process whose ultimate goal was to ensure harmony on a longer term. A film like William Wyler's "Mrs Miniver" is the perfect answer to feminism because it demonstrates the positive role played by women in the early 20th century, they weren't devoted to men, but to an order that valued men and women as well, in different yet complementary ways. And now that characters like Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, Lara Croft or the Bride became fashion, there is something refreshing in the more traditional form of courage and strength embodied by Garson. In her own personal way, she kicks ass.

Of course, I'm not ignoring the film's political motives. I concede a similar film could have been made with a "Frau Muller" mother a happy German family, but "Mrs Miniver" is immune against such accusations because the film clearly was made at a time where Germany had the upper hand (maybe even released before America's involvement) therefore, Britain was the hunted, the wounded one, and it's legitimate to show British people victims of a war they didn't start, well, not the civilians anyway. Later, a film would show Germany destroyed by the bombings, "Germany: Year Zero" but it was in 1947, "Miniver" is from 1942, these five years, let's just say an eternity, war wasn't over yet and Germany still could win, "God defend the 'right'" was still a prayer, and the year of the film's release makes the atmosphere of the final act even more unsettling.

And the film evokes the War's infamous 'innovation', as the vicar says at the end in the memorable speech: "it's people's war", homes became battlefields. It's very revealing of the war's barbarity that the three victims of the final bombing were a child, an old man and a young lady. Fighting became such a natural choice, the word 'hero' I mentioned lost its meaning. For us, these people are worthy of admiration, but for them, they were just doing their duty. Men were assigned to escort some ships and could not 'sail back'. Being a father myself, I hope I'll never have to cover the ears of my daughter, and pretend nothing will happen while hearing a strident whizzing getting louder. The merit of "Mrs Miniver" is to show the war from the distant perspective of civilians, working like warning for future generations. No one who lived a war can wish for one to happen, and no wonder we have so many warmongers in our politicians' baby-boom generation.

Still, "Mrs Miniver" could've been just a war picture, with an emphasis on 'picture', a story, with events working like plot devices. A brave wagon master played by Henry Travers wants to enter his beautiful rose named after Mrs. Miniver, in a contest that only Lady Beldon (a great Dame May Witty) ever participated in and won ... we know the old coot will have a change of mind (or heart, in that specific case). When Carol, her grand-daughter, played by the beautiful Teresa Wright comes to ask Miniver to convince the man to withdraw his rose, her son Vin accuses her of snobbery ... naturally, they fall in love right after. Men talk about a disappearing German pilot, and bingo, guess who finds him. It's like every chain of events works in the most predictable way, and this is why, as soon as good old Vin joined the RAF... he made his death the most predictable one.

The omen starts with his parents' concerns, the last-minute calls of duty, the reluctance of Lady Beldon to have her Carol lose her husband at war like she did at a younger age, and naturally, Carol herself, who shares her fears with her mother-in-law, and explains that she wants to make the most of life before turning into a widow. And God, I didn't see it coming ... the story's masterstroke. I don't know if it can be labeled as a twist ending, but it had for me the same shocking effect. It's an irony of fate or maybe God's response to men's presumptuousness. Tragedy struck down the Miniver family by killing off Carol, and as sad as it was, this was the highlight of the film for me, I was blown away by that ending, because all the inspirational and emotional stuff that rhymed in conventional was immediately redeemed by Carol's death, one that was true to life's unexpectedness.

Sorry to conclude with movie-geek jargon, but enough of grandiloquent words, "Mrs. Miniver" features perhaps one of the most underrated (and powerful) twist-endings, and this is why I went from liking to loving it.
A Mixed bag
I have to admit I was disappointed by "Mrs. Miniver," probably because of this film's excellent reputation.

For about the first third of the film I was wondering why it was called "Mrs. Miniver" when the story focused on so many of the other characters—I think the film is more of an ensemble piece. The first third of the film, though not exactly boring or irritating, was predictable and rather bland. The whole show is pretty slow until Helmut Dantine shows up and gives a truly stirring performance as a German flyer.

And then Mrs. Miniver herself was disappointing. Geer Garson's character is noble, but Garson plays it in such a stagey, overdone way that Mrs. Miniver seems less real woman and more glamorous actress. (Garson's obviously false eyelashes and showy outfits don't help.)

On the other hand, there is much to appreciate in this film. This film is obviously historically valuable. The Vicar's sermon is well-worth seeing/hearing and is insightful and moving even by today's standards. The scene with the family in the bomb shelter makes one feel one has some idea of what it is like to go through an air raid. Not to mention the way this film influenced Americans about joining the war.

One of the biggest praises I can give this film is that unlike many of its peers it (eventually) creates genuine suspense and genuine surprise. Most movies from this time period are rather predictable to modern audiences (not that that makes them necessarily bad), but not "Mrs. Miniver." So, on the whole it's a mixed bag, but ultimately worth seeing.
After Watching "Private Ryan," See this one!
How could this film NOT be a success? You have the incomparable direction of William Wyler; you have the eternal story of the bravery and sacrifice of a people at war; and you have a stellar cast, giving it their all! However, let me suggest how best to appreciate this singular film. Watch some worthy war epic like "Saving Private Ryan." Then, give yourself a few hour break, and watch this movie. You see, in this film, the "personal" cost of war, hinted at only in "Private Ryan." Moreover, you'll see a movie directed by one of the best, at the peak of his powers and ability. Finally, you'll get to see one of the most beautiful and talented women Hollywood ever produced, in a signature role. Greer Garson simply shines. She shows us all how to play a role with sensitivity and subtlety. It also doesn't hurt that...even though she's not a kid (she's thirty-eight at the time)...her timeless beauty still gives me a catch in the throat when I watch her. Ably supported by the usually under-appreciated Walter Pigeon, along with a gaggle of Hollywood's finest character actors, watching this film is like having a fine dinner and topping it off with a luscious dessert. It all clicks, from first frame to last. This is a film that should be, and often is, on top-twenty lists. Give yourself a cinematic treat and see it, if you haven't.
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."
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