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Mildred Pierce

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Blu-ray special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Veda Ann Borg, Jo Ann Marlowe.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2017]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (111 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 17 cm.)


Not rated.


"Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford's career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn becomes a venomous serpent's tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain's rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional."--Container.


Based on the novel by James M. Cain.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1945.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; new conversation with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito ; excerpt from a 1970 episode of The David Frost show featuring actor Joan Crawford ; Joan Crawford: the ultimate movie star, a 2002 feature-length documentary ; Q&A with actress Ann Blyth from 2002, conducted by film historian Eddie Muller ; segment from a 1969 episode of The Today show featuring Mildred Pierce novelist James M. Cain ; trailer.

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