RMG 193: Mommie Dearest (1981)

August 7, 2019

In this episode, the Retro Movie Geek crew are joined by Gamma (find more from Gamma here), and they’re geeking out over Mommie Dearest (1981) and

  • Darrell’s LOVE for this movie
  • the dark side of Hollywood
  • Faye Dunaway
  • Joan Crawford
  • chewing of scenery
  • and much, much more!


Outrageous and controversial, this is the story of legendary movie star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway), as she struggles for her career, and battles the inner demons of her private life. This torment was manifested in her relationships with her adopted children, Christina and Christopher.

The public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, but “Mommie Dearest” reveals the private Crawford… the woman desperate to be a mother, adopting her children when she was single and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly.

The rage, the debilitating strain, and the terrifying descent into alcoholism and child abuse are graphically, and unforgettably, depicted in this film, based upon Christina Crawford’s best-selling book.



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