Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver
Drama
, War

1942

Director: William Wyler Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney, Henry Wilcoxon, Christopher Severn, Clare Sandars, Helmut Dantine

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Greer Garson); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Teresa Wright); Best Director (William Wyler); Best Screenplay (George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, Arthur Wimperis); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Walter Pidgeon); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Henry Travers); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Dame May Whitty); Best Sound Recording; Best Film Editing; Best Special Effects

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

Did You Know? This was the first Best Picture winner to receive acting nominations in all four categories.

Quotables: VICAR: We, in this quiet corner of England, have suffered the loss of friends very dear to us – some close to this church: George West, choir boy; James Bellard, station master and bell ringer and a proud winner, only one hour before his death, of the Belding Cup for his beautiful Miniver rose; and our hearts go out in sympathy to the two families who share the cruel loss of a young girl who was married at this altar only two weeks ago. The homes of many of us have been destroyed, and the lives of young and old have been taken. There is scarcely a household that hasn’t been struck to the heart. And why? Surely you must have asked yourself this question. Why in all conscience should these be the ones to suffer? Children, old people, a young girl at the height of her loveliness. Why these? Are these our soldiers? Are these our fighters? Why should they be sacrificed? I shall tell you why. Because this is not only a war of soldiers in uniform. It is a war of the people, of all the people, and it must be fought not only on the battlefield, but in the cities and in the villages, in the factories and on the farms, in the home, and in the heart of every man, woman, and child who loves freedom! Well, we have buried our dead, but we shall not forget them. Instead they will inspire us with an unbreakable determination to free ourselves and those who come after us from the tyranny and terror that threaten to strike us down. This is the people’s war! It is our war! We are the fighters! Fight it then! Fight it with all that is in us, and may God defend the right.

And now a Word from the Guise:
This film was really good, and I was enjoying it, up until the point during the vicar’s eulogy of those who had died. At first, I was devastated to hear who had been killed, but then the vicar kept talking and I realised that this film is in constant propagandized support to the warrtime efforts.

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