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The Miniver Story

1950 1h 44m Drama List
Reviews 45% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Kay Miniver (Greer Garson), the plucky English mother who kept her family together during the privations of the Blitz, finds she has to battle even harder to care for them after the war. Complicating this is the newfound wanderlust of her husband, Clem (Walter Pidgeon), and the romantic entanglements of her daughter Judy (Cathy O'Donnell). Worse yet, Kay learns that she has a fatal heart condition and thus little time to sew the splitting seams of her family back together. Read More Read Less

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Steve D The original was no classic. This is worse. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 04/03/24 Full Review Audience Member Continuation of Mrs. Miniver is not perfect, but the after-war British war years are admirably displayed. The acting is exceptional (even if the cast has changed) and the plot twists are handled with dignity. A film well worth seeing. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member this is an excellent movie set around the end of the second world war it has great actors and actresses in this movie also there is a great story behind it fantastic stuff Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Nowhere near the classic first film and it has a bit of the drearies but the Garson/Pidgeon team work well together. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Doesn't do much justice to the first movie. The Miniver Story is sequel to Mrs Miniver, made in 1942 at the height of World War 2. That movie was fantastic - a gritty portrayal of the lives of average English folk during WW2. It deservedly won the 1943 Best Picture Oscar. This, the sequel, now picks up with the same family with WW2 having just ended. I liked the idea: having shown them during the war, show how people recover after war, get on with their lives and live with peace. Fine in idea, but not great in execution. As far as examining lives recovering from war, this movie barely scratches the surface. It dwells more on melodrama and soap-opera-like plots. Much more superficial than anticipated and quite disappointing. This said, it has some decent story lines and is reasonably engaging. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon reprise their roles from the first movie. I found Pidgeon irritating in the first. He's more bearable in this one. Primary irritant instead goes to James Fox, as their son Toby. Luckily his screen time is limited. Worth watching for completeness but it won't enhance your memory of Mrs Miniver. Probably best to avoid this so that the original stays as the masterpiece it is. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Oh, the disappointment of the sequel that pales in comparison to the original! The storyline is weak relying on sentimentality, plot inconsistencies abound and the script is woeful. M'eh! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Kay Miniver (Greer Garson), the plucky English mother who kept her family together during the privations of the Blitz, finds she has to battle even harder to care for them after the war. Complicating this is the newfound wanderlust of her husband, Clem (Walter Pidgeon), and the romantic entanglements of her daughter Judy (Cathy O'Donnell). Worse yet, Kay learns that she has a fatal heart condition and thus little time to sew the splitting seams of her family back together.
Director
H. C. Potter
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 3, 2017
Runtime
1h 44m
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