Mildred Pierce

HBO (ended 2011)


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Mildred Pierce
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Based on the James M. Cain novel "Mildred Place," this miniseries will star Kate Winslet, who will play a single mother who goes into the restaurant business and gets involved in a murder. Joan Crawford starred in this film in 1945. The mini-series won 5 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) - Part 5, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Guy Pearce and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - Kate Winslet.


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    • Close but no Pierce Arrow.

      The TV movie was rather long and radically different than the 1945 the 1945 film,Veda is not an opera singer let alone a second rate concert does not kill Monty Barragon(as it's spelled in the 1945 movie)nor does her mother nearly choke her to the two,I enjoyed the 1945 movie don't think Kate Winslet filled Joan Crawfords' shoes nor did Guy Pearce fill those of Zachary Scott,who was one of the truly great cads in the movies next to George never did run across the James M. Cain novel in all the years I've been in and out of thrift stores,book stores and yard sales as a reader and book Joan Crawford and Zachary Scott,as well as Ann Blyth,were tough acts to follow.moreless
    • About this mini-series

      It had great casting, art direction, brilliant acting for Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce.
    • Yet again Sky Atlantic shows how television drama should be done, with Kate Winslet's compelling Mildred Pierce

      I remember as a boy seeing the original Joan Crawford movie - a very compressed version that did little justice to this excellent book. This mini series brought to life the America of the depression years with solid performances from all of the cast and a star performance from Kate Winslet. A particular credit has to go to the actresses who took on the character of Veda young and adult; an absolute b***h if ever I saw one. Sky Atlantic is treating us to some great TV Drama please don't stopmoreless
    • In this age of information, programs run the risk of overexposure, leaving the potential viewer with an overdose of hype.

      I feel this happened with this mini-series. The story has been done, in a forties movie, starring Joan Crawford. The book on which the series/movie is based was a bestseller. But for some reason, HBO bombarded us with trailers, "making of" features, and commercial interruptions. By the time of the two-part premiere, I had already formed an opinion about Kate Winslett's performance, and the various characters in the story.

      The story isn't all that interesting, and certainly doesn't require five hours to tell it. Pierce comes across as simultaneously strong-willed and needy. The way she lets her daughter walk all over her is pathetic. The "gigolo" she takes up with is so unlikeable we are forced to suspend disbelief to believe she would have feelings for him. I was able to view the program only through episode Three - I know how it ends and am not interested in watching.

      The rating, which is overly generous, is for Winslett, who as usual gives a good performance, with the tools she is forced to work with.moreless

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    Independent, Historical