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I Remember Mama
I Remember Mama
Actors: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn, Cedric Hardwicke
Director: George Stevens
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
NR     2004     2hr 14min

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Actors: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn, Cedric Hardwicke
Director: George Stevens
Creators: Nicholas Musuraca, George Stevens, Robert Swink, Harriet Parsons, DeWitt Bodeen, John Van Druten, Kathryn Forbes
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Family Life, Family Films
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/07/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 14min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 22
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Norwegian
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Gabriele C. from LAKE WALES, FL
Reviewed on 5/9/2016...
a great classic to watch with a box of tissues ... not because the movie is sad .... but you will in the end have your owm memories to deal with . i find this movie reminicient of the waltons , little house on the pairie , anne of green gables ., how green was my valley and to some extent all things bright and beautiful [ stories of a british vet ].... many memories of growing up , how things were and yet .... our own times of growing up . a good movie , good cast and clean !! supposedly there are norwegian swearwords in it .... but i dont speak norwegion , sso maybe the uncle was making things up . good movie to watch with the kids , because it shows family life as it used to be before TV , computers and personal telephones ......
Pat E. (missionary) from VISALIA, CA
Reviewed on 3/16/2013...
It's a classic! It was also a tv show when I was a child.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Gentle and evocative
Susan Fong | Las Vegas, NV USA | 05/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""I Remember Mama" presents a gentle and compassionate portrait of a family of Norwegian immigrants who settle in San Francisco in the early 1900's. The movie is narrated by the family's eldest daughter, now an adult, who has written a memoir about her childhood and her colorful family. Her family includes Mama, Papa, siblings, and some overbearing but well-intentioned aunts and uncle.

Nothing sensational or terribly exciting happens in the lives of these ordinary, working class immigrants. Yet, there is extraordinary poignance in the way in which the family deals with everyday crises such as the fate of an injured pet cat or the dilemma of a mother who is not allowed to see her child in the hospital.

Acclaimed director George Stevens reconstructs such events with an honesty and delicacy that resonates long after the movie ends. And Stevens elicits superb performances from his cast led by Irene Dunne as the title character "Mama". Dunne's performance is beautifully restrained as the humble, selfless matriach who possesses an indomitable spirit and generous heart. The rest of the talented ensemble includes familiar and beloved actors such as Oscar Homolka, Barbara Bel Geddes aka Miss Ellie on the television series "Dallas", and Ellen Corby of "The Waltons" fame.

"I Remember Mama" is the kind of movie that will evoke childhood memories and remind you to appreciate where you came from and how far you've arrived.
Nix Pix | Windsor, Ontario, Canada | 12/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"In retrospect George Steven's production of "I Remember Mama" is the high water mark in 1940s family life melodrama. Set at the turn of the last century in San Francisco, the film stars the usually scatterbrained Irene Dunne; on this occasion as the tender yet determined matriarch, Martha Hanson. Together with her husband, Lars (Philip Dorn) and extended family (buttressed by a stellar cast including Barbara Bel Geddes, Cedric Hardwicke, Ellen Corby, Rudy Vallee, Edgar Bergan and Florence Bates) the Norwegian clan weathers some hard knocks and poignant moments with grace and charm. This is one of those elegant little `jabs of pleasure' that American cinema used to dole out en masse during its golden age, but now seems rendered in exceedingly short supply. Based on John Van Druten's hit play (derived from Kathryn Forbes's autobiographical memoir), the film is a veritable feast for the heart and mind; a richly textured and moving experience - not to be missed.

Unfortunately more could have been done to clean up this print before rushing it out to DVD. Warner's transfer is marred by a considerable amount of age related artifacts. Though the gray scale is nicely balanced at times, the image often tends to exhibit an overly soft quality that is more blurry than evocative of mood or style. There is also a considerable amount of film grain present in most scenes. Otherwise, black and contrast levels on the whole tend to be deep and nicely balanced. There are no digital anomalies. The audio is mono and suffers at times from a muffled characteristic. Background hiss is detected in quiescent scenes. A brief introduction by the director's son, George Steven's Jr. is all the extras you get. Bottom line; this film still gets my recommendation for a must have Christmas stocking stuffer. It may not be presented here in its optimal condition but regardless, is sure to warm the heart throughout the holidays and beyond.
A superb family drama
City Of Evanston | EVANSTON, IL United States | 11/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"How wonderful that this is being released on DVD. Irene Dunne
had one of her greatest roles as Martha Hansen. She is perfect
in every way. Nice support from Barbara Bel Geddes and Ellen
Corby who would become big tv stars in the years to come. Edgar
Bergen and Rudy Vallee are fine too and Oscar Homolka nearly
steals the show as the cantankerous Uncle Chris. It brings back
memories of Friday nights when Peggy Wood came on making Maxwell
House coffee and then the show started. MAMA was the highlight of
the week. How sad they were live since most episodes are lost forever."