Based on the book about Joan Crawford, one of the great Hollywood actresses of our time, written by her adopted daughter Christina Crawford. Joan decides to adopt children of her own to fill a void in her life. Yet, her problems with alcohol, men, and the pressures of show business get in the way of her personal life, turning her into a mentally abusive wreck seen through the eyes of Christina and her brother Christopher, who unwillingly bore the burden of life that was unseen behind the closed doors of “The Most Beautiful House in Brentwood.” –IMDb
Frank J. Perry, Jr. (August 21, 1930 – August 29, 1995) was an American stage and film director, producer and screenwriter. Frank was married to author and screenwriter Eleanor Perry (1960–1971), Barbara Goldsmith and Virginia Brush Ford.
Perry was born in New York City, of Portuguese and German ancestry, the son of Pauline (née Schwab), who worked at Alcoholics Anonymous, and Frank J. Perry, a stockbroker. His mother was a niece of Charles M. Schwab, who founded the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. As a teenager, Perry began pursuing his interest in the theater with a job as a parking lot attendant for the Westport Country Playhouse in nearby Westport, Connecticut. He attended the University of Miami. He produced several plays at Westport and then turned for a time to producing television documentaries.
A veteran of the Korean War, he returned to the entertainment industry after being discharged and made his directorial debut in 1962 with the low-budget drama film David and… read more
Let's face it; camp appeal & Faye Dunaway's ferocious performance aside, this is s pretty crummy movie. Frank Perry's worst in fact (and that includes MONSIGNOR). Badly written dialog and no sense of chronology (what year are we in and when?) make for a treadmill test of a film. One waits impatiently for Dunaway/Crawford to explode again...and again...and again...
1 1/2 stars. Half a star for Faye's commitment to the role and all the bad dialogue. This is a bad movie, not only that it's way too long. None of the scenes connect with each other. The makeup is bad. Way too many shots of people walking up the stairs. Long takes gone wrong! This can be a 1 star film if you are watching this movie with a crowd, with friends, live tweeting, etc. Do NOT see this movie alone!
While Faye Dunaway's scene chewing hysterics are quite enjoyable, the movie is hamstrung by glacial pacing (how many times do we have to watch people go up and down stairs) and poor dramatic construction. There's no real story here, other than, "you think that thing Joan Crawford did was bad? Well, here's something worse!" Just watch the highlights.