Faye Dunaway stars as the one-and-only Joan Crawford in this biting biographical drama based on the shocking tell-all book by daughter Christina Crawford. The film documents the crazed and often barbaric behavior that the fading star exhibited on her two adopted children until her death in 1977. MOMMIE DEAREST is primarily told from Christina's perspective, which paints her mother in a very negative light. Based on other stories that have surfaced in the years following her death, Christina's depiction may not have been far from the truth. Apart from the constant psychological abuse that Crawford imposed on the children, the film's most notorious scene depicts a particularly nasty moment where Joan has a nervous breakdown and viciously beats her daughter with a wire clothes hanger for not hanging her dresses properly. Although it nearly ruined her career, Faye Dunaway is deliciously over-the-top as the conceited and egotistical Queen of Hollywood, with Diana Scarwid putting in a strong performance as well as Christina Crawford. MOMMIE DEAREST is as horrifying as it is oddly entertaining.
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