In securing the rights to the book, Christina's husband David Koontz was given an Executive Producer credit, though he had no experience producing films. I don't think you can show such extraordinary behavior in a film about a famous person and not offer some answers. British Board of Film Classification. When Christopher says their mother has managed to have the last word, Christina questions that. Mommie Dearest Theatrical release poster. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all. The movie is committed to a prolonged, exhibitionistic wallow and can't escape the trashy consequences.
Joan dies of cancer in , whereupon Christina and Christopher learn their mother disinherited them.
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But once the ugly stuff begins, all that methodical preparation and desire to be fair becomes meaningless. Enraged, Joan yanks dresses from Christina's closet, throwing them all over her room, and thrashes Christina as she shrieks and bawls. Retrieved January 12,