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      Mrs. Miniver

      Released Jun 4, 1942 2h 14m Drama List
      93% Tomatometer 69 Reviews 84% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A moving drama about a middle-class English family learning to cope with war, told in a series of dramatic vignettes. The family, headed by the lovely and gracious matriarch, 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      An excessively sentimental piece of propaganda, Mrs. Miniver nonetheless succeeds, due largely to Greer Garson's powerful performance.

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      Adam Kempenaar Filmspotting ...sober enough to tell us that real people will die, but it's also saying [that] if you just suffer through it... all of our traditions will maintain. Rated: 2.5/5 Apr 9, 2024 Full Review Pauline Kael New Yorker M-G-M's wartime salute to gallant England, engineered to make the audience choke up... [A] generally offensive picture. Jul 28, 2022 Full Review Mildred Martin Philadelphia Inquirer Balancing pathos with gentle comedy, humor with stark tragedy, Mrs. Miniver is rich in those human qualities that give a drama life and real humanity. Jan 5, 2022 Full Review Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm Garson's Mrs. Miniver comes to represent the stirring, steadfast heart of the community — if not the nation as a whole. Rated: 4/4 Apr 2, 2024 Full Review Kat Halstead Common Sense Media But there's enough heart and spirit to make this an enduring classic. Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Christopher Lloyd The Film Yap Greer Garson shines in this unapologetically sentimental look at the lives of a British family during the early days of World War II, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. Rated: 4/5 Oct 2, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Connor S Cheers, tears, and fears make this a wonderful movie from start to finish. It cannot be put into a box of "romance", "war movie", "comedy", "tragedy", "thriller", "heart-warmer", but is a mixture of all! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review David F This movie about a family facing the trials and tribulations of the early years of WWII in England shows the joys of family life, a favourite topic of MGM. It starts out with trifles like a wife being embarrassed to let her husband know how much money she spent on a hat and then segues into children going off to war and Nazi airmen parachuting into the back garden. While it's a bit lengthy at times for modern tastes, I think, it's full of gems like the bunker scene where the two parents, their two children, and the family cat, Napoleon, take shelter while a huge, violent bombing raid unfolds above them. Explosions and gunfire on the soundtrack gradually lead to jolts and shaking in their sandbagged shelter. It's a masterful combination of sound design, acting, and pacing and completely suspenseful and terrifying. It's also a metaphor for the whole movie and the way it subtly and gradually shifts from trifles and superficialities to life and death situations almost without the spectator noticing. It's the kind of film that makes an impact on you without doing so overly overtly. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Raymond S What 21st century critics and fans don't realize that WW2 morale-boosting movies were resoundingly cheered by 1942 audiences. One cannot apply the mores and morals of this century to period films: critics do, but they have no connection to the era depicted in these films. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/29/22 Full Review Mark A Hasn't aged well. Greer Garson won the Academy Award for this film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/20/22 Full Review sean l World War II from the middle-class Brits' perspective. We join a hard-working family, share their modest concerns just before the onset of hostilities, then stand by as their priorities drastically shift. In one moment, lavish expenses, exclusive flower shows and snooty neighbors comprise the extent of their worries. In the next, ears are tuned for air raid sirens, an eldest son races to join the RAF and a desperate Nazi paratrooper appears in the garden. Mrs. Miniver was indeed propaganda, boosting the Allied cause while the wounds of the Nazis' blitz on London were still fresh, but it's far more subtle than the loud, whitewashed, nationalistic newsreels that usually represent that term. Here, we identify with the squabbles of pre-war life, feel the conflicted emotions of standing up for one's beliefs at great personal risk, linger on the dark terror of a quaking single-family bomb shelter at bedtime. Those latter moments seem to stretch forever; a powerful blend of whimpering children and brave-faced parents that squeezes every last drop of empathy from a very ripe scenario. The Minivers are little more than pawns in this global game, but because the first act is so effectively disarming, it's easy to feel trapped, unprepared, in that bunker right beside them. We fear the worst for their son, who routinely alerts family to his safety by cutting engines during household fly-overs, but this war is no distant specter. By the famously rousing final soliloquy, recited amidst the ruins of a bombed-out chapel, every single member of the community has paid tolls in one form or another. Critically beloved, Mrs. Miniver took home six Academy Awards (including best picture and best director) and was almost immediately adapted to radio for broader dissemination. Even Joseph Goebbels, the infamous Nazi propaganda minister, held it up as a prime example of the kind of cinema he wanted to create with the German media machine. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member it has a good storyline, one memorable character, charm of that time period, good camera views and a great message. however, mrs miniver was so flat and one-dimensionally corny. several parts that were set up to be moving scenes were so predictable/stereotyped that you felt nothing. it was too propagandish. most of the characters were so simple, i didn't like them except the little boy and mrs. bellefron. idk watching it now tho is eerie considering the times and hopefully this isn't foreshadowing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A moving drama about a middle-class English family learning to cope with war, told in a series of dramatic vignettes. The family, headed by the lovely and gracious matriarch, 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.
      Director
      William Wyler
      Producer
      Sidney Franklin, William Wyler
      Screenwriter
      George Froeschel, James Hilton, Jan Struther, Claudine West, Arthur Wimperis
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 4, 1942, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 21, 2016
      Runtime
      2h 14m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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