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Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest is a 1981 biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway. The film was directed by frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry, and Frank Yablans, based on the 1978 autobiographu of the same name by Christina Crawford.

Joan Crawford portrayed by Faye DunawayEdit

  • NO... WIRE... HANGERS! What's wire hangers doing in this closet when I told you no wire hangers, ever?! I work and work until I'm half-dead, and I hear people say, "She's getting old." And what do I get? A daughter... who cares as much about the beautiful dresses I give her... as she cares about ME! What's wire hangers doing in this closet?! ANSWER ME! I buy you beautiful dresses, and you treat them like they were some dishrag! You do! $300 dress on a wire hanger? We'll see how many you've got, if they're hidden somewhere! We'll see! We'll see! Get out of that bed. All of this is coming out! Out, out, out, out, out, out, out!!! You got any more? We're gonna see how many wire hangers you've got in your closet! [throws items out of Christina's closet onto the floor despite Christina's protests, and soon discovers a second dress on a wire hanger] A wi... wire hanger! WHY?! WHY?!!!! Christina, get out of that bed. Get out of that bed! You live in the most beautiful house in Brentwood... [begins beating Christina with the hanger, as Christina screams and cries in pain] ...and you don't care if your clothes get stretched out from wire hangers?! And your room looks like some $2-a-week furnished room in some two-bit back street town in Oklahoma!
  • You're nothing but a rotten, crooked lawyer...supplying the grease to make this shitty movie business work.
  • Tina, bring me the axe!
  • When you polish the floor you have to move the tree.
  • I'm not mad at you, Helga, I'm mad at the dirt!
  • Scrub. Scrub, Christina. It's not. This floor is not clean! Look at it! This floor is not clean! None of it... this floor is not clean. Nothing is clean. This whole place is a mess!
  • Clean up this mess!
  • Tear down that BITCH of a bearing wall and put a window where it ought to be!
  • Figure it out.
  • Trying to sweep the poor little widow under the carpet? Well... [chuckles nastily]... think again.
  • You drove Al Steele to his grave and now you're trying to stab ME in the back?!! FORGET IT! I fought worse monsters than you for years in Hollywood! I know how to win the hard way! ... You don't know what hard feelings are until I come out publicly against your product, and you'll see how much you sell.
  • Don't fuck with me, fellas! This ain't my first time at the rodeo.
  • I should have known you'd know where to find the boys and the booze!
  • Who wants to go swimming?
  • Ah... you lost again!
  • Ah, but nobody ever said that life was fair, Tina. I'm bigger and I'm faster. I will always beat you.
  • Don't you ever use that tone of voice again with me, Missy!...Who do you think you're talking to?!...I'll tell you what you're going to do: You are going to march yourself upstairs to your room, and will stay there, until I tell you to come out!
  • I don't ask much from you, girl...Why can't you give me the respect that I'm entitled to?! Why can't you treat me like I would be treated by any stranger on the street?
  • Let's go!
  • When I told you to call me that, I wanted you to mean it.
  • You love it dont you!? You love to make me hit you!!!
  • Barbara, please! Please Barbara! If you need anything ask Carol Anne...This is wonderful, THIS IS WONDERFUL! You deliberately embarassed me in front of a reporter! A REPORTER!
  • I can handle the socks.
  • It all comes out in the wash.
  • Bend the law.
  • My regards to your school and its impeccable reputation.
  • Don't you dare judge me.
  • I should have the word "property of MGM" tattooed on my backside.
  • I am not acting.
  • Is this an institution of learning or a teenage brothel.
  • The press I delivered to Pepsi was my power, I can use it any way I want. It's a sword, cuts both ways.
  • Mayer should know the price I pay!
  • Christina! Christopher! Damnit!
  • BECAUSE YOU DID GET EXPELLED!
  • Unsuitable?
  • What you're doing is denying one of your kids and wonderful and priviledge life. How sad that is.
  • You think your life is a mystery, you reek of it!
  • Don't shut that door, because if you do, you're never going to get back in, no matter what you say no matter what you do.
  • You Love to make me hit you!
  • What are you doing playing, going through my things? Making fun of me.

Christina Crawford portrayed by Diana Scarwid / Mara HobleEdit

  • Adopted children are luckiest because they were chosen.
  • I wanna know... why did you adopt me?!
  • Because I am not one of your fans!
  • Maybe just a little true.
  • Does she? Does she...?
  • Jesus Christ!
  • No, go back. Strap yourself in. She'll kill me if she finds out.
  • But that's not fair, you're bigger than I am! It's not fair to win twice...
  • Then I'm not gonna play with you anymore...EVER!
  • Yes, Mommie Dearest. Uncle Ted.
  • I fix all of my uncles' drinks this way.
  • My character is only 28 years old.
  • Why did you tell her I got expelled?
  • Understand? that's the first word I heard from any of you. There'll be time to understand when I'm old, if I ever am old.
  • I had my vitamins, PILLS!