The Minivers, an English "middle-class" family experience life in the first months of World War II. While dodging bombs, the Minivers' son courts Lady Beldon's granddaughter. A rose is named after Mrs. Miniver and entered in the competition against Lady Beldon's rose.Written by
Michael Rice <TheMikeRic@aol.com>
"Walter Pidgeon goes to the desert as soon as he completes work in 'Mrs. Miniver' at MGM to shake a series of bad colds..." (Newspaper Enterprise Association, "Erskine Johnson's Hollywood," The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Sunday 1 February 1942, Volume 48, page 20.) See more »
In the radio broadcast of Lord Haw Haw, he mentions the fall of France. Then a day or so later, the boats are called out for the Dunkirk Rescue mission (Operation Dynamo). France did not fall until 2 weeks after Dunkirk. See more »
[to Lady Beldon who has just entered the railway compartment he is already sharing with Mrs. Miniver]
Good evening, Lady Beldon.
Good evening, vicar. Oh, oh, shopping's absolutely impossible nowadays! You can't get near the counter and when you do, they haven't got it and you pay twice as much for it.
What a wonderful description!
[to her servant]
Sit down, Simmons, and don't snip!
[to the vicar]
My dear man, I spent the whole afternoon being pushed around by middle-class females buying ...
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Opening credits prologue: This story of an average English middle-class family begins with the summer of 1939; when the sun shone down on a happy, careless people, who worked and played, reared their children and tended their gardens in that happy, easy-going England that was so soon to be fighting desperately for her way of life and for life itself. See more »
This film is great movie because it pulls at the heartstrings and brings forth real emotion in the viewer. As somebody who has recently moved away from a war-zone, the sense of loss of the innocent at the hands of a heartless and remorseless enemy actually moved me to tears.
I can see why the movie won so many Oscars - the performances are far above the standards of many of today's "greats", and the longer shots (unlike today's "grunge" editing or excessive camera movements) give the cast a chance to act out scenes in depth instead of doing one line at a time as is the current vogue. In one scene between the young Belden and Miniver, all the dialogue is conveyed by subtle body language. We don't see that from most modern films - cheap dialogue substitutes for communication. Less really is more.
I have one niggle - every single visual detail is wrong - it was filmed in America, where everything looks different. The train was not a Southern Region train, the garden fence wasn't British, and the interiors were like nothing you'd seen in English villages. And some of the accents were uncomfortably like products from "Dick Van Dyke's School of Bad Cockney" - a dialect only spoken in the East End of London!!!
Other than that, this film was a great, and I await the DVD eagerly.
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