Mrs. Miniver

TitleMrs. Miniver
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1942
AuthorsWyler, William
Running Time134 minutes
Date Released06/1942
DistributorMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageenglish, german
Abstract

This simple story of a middle-class British housewife galvanized American support for World War II and reshaped the cinematic language of propaganda war films. As war whisks the men away and the London Blitz destroyed the city, Mrs. Miniver carries on with life in a suburban village. Her courage, determination, and stoicism reflected British culture and served as a sharp rebuke to Nazi Germany.

Cast

Greer Garson

Walter Pidgeon

Teresa Wright

Dame May Whitty

Reginald Owen

Henry Travers

Richard Ney

Henry Wilcoxon

Credits

Produced by Sidney Franklin

Directed by William Wyler

Written by Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, and Claudine West

Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg

Edited by Harold F. Kress

Music by Herbert Stothart

Genre

Drama, Romance, War

Full Text

President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested the vicar's speech toward the end of the film to be translated in several different languages with prints air-dropped to Nazi-occupied European nations. 

For an article documenting the film's influence on American involvement in World War II, see http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150209-the-film-that-goebbels-feared

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