Original Australian Daybill Poster Mommie Dearest
Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American docudrama film. It depicts Christina Crawford's adoptive mother, actress Joan Crawford as a criminal and how she abused her adopted children for fame and her career. Starring Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel, and Diana Scarwid, the film was directed by Frank Perry and adapted for the screen by Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry, and Frank Yablans from the 1978 autobiography of the same name by Christina. The executive producers were Christina's husband, David Koontz, and Terry O'Neill, Dunaway's then-boyfriend and soon-to-be husband. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures, the only one of the Big Eight film studios for which Crawford had never appeared in a feature film. The film was a commercial success, grossing $39 million worldwide from a $5 million budget. With the film's bizarre script and highly charged acting, particularly on the part of Dunaway, it has enjoyed a cult following as an unintentional comedy.