Mrs. Miniver

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MGM & Loew's Released 1942

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Director:
William Wyler
Released:
1942
Rating:
Not rated

Greer Garson ("Madame Curie") earned an Oscar as an English housewife whose family struggles to survive WWII. Powerful war-time drama was nominated for 12 Oscars, and won six, including Best Picture, Director and Script. Teresa Wright ("The Best Years of Our Lives") received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Co-stars Walter Pigeon ("How Green Was My Valley"), Dame May Whitty ("Gaslight"), and Henry Travers ("It's A Wonderful Life") all received Oscar-nominations. Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the top 400 American Films of all time.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Toward the end of the film, the Vicar is heard delivering a rousing speech encouraging all to fight this evil with all they have been given. That speech had actually been rewritten the evening before by William Wyler and Henry Wilcoxon to put more fire into the original. After the release of the movie it was translated into numerous other languages, printed on leaflets and dropped by plane over areas under German occupation. The whole speech was also broadcast over the Voice of America radio network at President Roosevelt's request.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kay: I think it's lovely having flowers named after you.

    • Vicar: This is the People's War. It is our war. We are the fighters. Fight it then. Fight it with all that is in us and may God defend the Right.

    • Clem: She was a good cook, as good cooks go. And as good cooks go, she went.

    • Carol Beldon: I know how comfortable it is to curl up with a nice, fat book full of big words and think you're going to solve all the problems of the universe. But you're not, you know. A bit of action is required now and then.

    • Lady Beldon: (to the Vicar in railway car shared with Mrs. Miniver) My dear man, I spent the whole afternoon being pushed around by middle-class females buying things they can't possibly afford.
      Kay Miniver: Oh dear, that means me.
      Lady Beldon: Oh no! Much Worse!

    • Kay Miniver: Did you know that the 12th Lord Beldon was hanged?
      Lady Beldon: He was beheaded! Such things happen in the best families. In fact, usually in the best families.

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Themes

Love & Romance, Classics, Military & War