Mrs. Miniver (1942)
|Top Genres||Drama, Romance, War|
|Top Topics||Book-Based, England, Romance (Drama)|
Mrs. Miniver Overview:
Mrs. Miniver (1942) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Sidney Franklin.
The film was based on the novel of the same name and also Newspaper Column, The Times written by Jan Struther published in 1939 (novel); 1937 (newspaper column).
Garson in her Oscar-winning portrayal personified the British resolve against Nazi aggression. An immensely popular piece of wartime propaganda, Wyler's film follows Mrs. Miniver, her husband (Pidgeon), their children, and their small English town as the war comes closer to their lives. The family endures the departure of the father for the beaches at Dunkirk, the discovery of a wounded Nazi pilot, the death of the daughter-in-law in an air raid, and the entry of the son into the Royal Air Force. The scenes culminate in a morale-boosting final speech that President Franklin Roosevelt ordered printed and air-dropped over war-torn Europe. The romance of her eldest son coincides with the first bombs and the destruction of the village church, yet through all the strife upper lips remain stiff and even the smallest traditions are maintained. Adapted from the novel by Jan Struther.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
Mrs. Miniver was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2009.
Academy Awards 1942 --- Ceremony Number 15 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Walter Pidgeon||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Henry Travers||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Greer Garson||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Dame May Whitty||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Teresa Wright||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Joseph Ruttenberg||Won|
|Best Director||William Wyler||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Harold F. Kress||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West||Won|
Mr. Ballard: What goes to make a rose, ma'am, is breeding... and budding... and horse-manure, if you'll pardon the expression.
Mr. Ballard: And that's where you come in, ma'am.
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.
read more quotes from Mrs. Miniver...
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 6, 1943 with Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon and Henry Wilcoxon reprising their film roles.
The Hollywood Reported listed Pat O'Hara, Elspeth Dudgeon, Dennis Chaldecott and Eric Snowden in the cast, but they were not seen in the final print.
read more facts about Mrs. Miniver...