The Miniver Story

  • 1950
  • 1 HR 44 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

This uninpsired sequel to the wonderful MRS. MINIVER is set at the end of WW II when Mrs. Miniver (again played by Garson) is awaiting the return of her family to England. Husband (Walter Pidgeon) has been off to battle, daughter (O'Connell) has been in service in Egypt, and son (Fox) has been sheltered in the US. Garson has a few things on her mind beyon...read more

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This uninpsired sequel to the wonderful MRS. MINIVER is set at the end of WW II when Mrs. Miniver (again played by Garson) is awaiting the return of her family to England. Husband (Walter Pidgeon) has been off to battle, daughter (O'Connell) has been in service in Egypt, and son (Fox) has

been sheltered in the US. Garson has a few things on her mind beyon the reunion, however, mainly that she is dying. Seems she's contracted one of those mysterious Hollywood ailments that cause actors to waste away for the length of the picture. In addition, she's been seeing Hodiak, an American

colonel stationed in England who has fallen in love with her. She lets him down gently, sending him packing, back to his wife and family in the US. Her problems don't end with the return of her family, however. Seems architect Pidgeon isn't interested in helping to rebuild London, wanting to take

a job in Brazil instead. Worse, O'Connell is involved with Genn, a middle-aged married man who is thinking of divorcing his wife and marrying O'Connell. Without telling them about her medical condition, Garson sets out to solve all her familial problems before dying at the film's end.

The original film, released in 1942 at the height of WW II, was a warm and moving tale of a family trying to cope with all manner of horror and hardship. It was a family truly in crisis, bucking up and doing the best they could under the circumstances. Without the war as a focal point, the

follow-up story is extremely weak, offering little more than a standard soap opera. Worse, the main characters have been altered dramatically from the original. In the original, Garson was a plucky and spirited lady; here she is a rather tiresome martyr. In the first film, Pidgeon was a wise and

fun-loving father, while in this film he's something of a twit. The enormous popularity of the first film certainly warranted a sequel, but this one, coming out eight years after the original and featuring such drastic changes in story and character, seems an ill-conceived and totally unnecessary

follow-up.

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  • Review: This uninpsired sequel to the wonderful MRS. MINIVER is set at the end of WW II when Mrs. Miniver (again played by Garson) is awaiting the return of her family to England. Husband (Walter Pidgeon) has been off to battle, daughter (O'Connell) has been in se… (more)

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