I Remember Mama

Drama | English | 134 minutes

Info

I Remember Mama is the poignant, autobiographical story of the Hansons, a Norwegian immigrant family, living in San Francisco. The family is ruled by Marta (Mama), the loving but stern matriarch, who cares for her  four children and her husband, Lars. The film weaves the stories of many   family members: daughter Katrin writing her first novel, the wedding of Marta’s sister, Trina, the death of Uncle Chris, Dagmar’s illness, and the impoverished lodger, Jonathan Hyde, reading Charles Dickens to the family.  Katrin is devastated when her novel is rejected by multiple publishers. Katrin is told by one publisher  she should write about what she knows best, perhaps her family. When she does just that, her  book is published. Excited, she brings a copy home and reads it to her family. The book, relating stories about family members, ends with the line, “But first and foremost, I remember Mama.”

Cast
Irene Dunne (Marta Hanson) / Philip Dorn (Lars Hanson) / Barbara Bel Geddes (Katrin Hanson) / Oskar Homolka (Uncle Chris) / Sir Cedric Hardwick (Jonathan Hyde) / Ellen Corby (Aunt Trina)
Why Stream This Film?
 Remember Mama is a timeless film that relates to all generations. And like many close-knit families, the family revolves around Mama. Of course.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Irene Dunne); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Oskar Homolka); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Barbara Bel Geddes, Ellen Corby); Best Cinematography, Black and White (Nicholas Musuraca)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Ellen Corby)
  • Writers Guild of America: Winner, Best Screenplay (DeWitt Bodeen)
  • I Remember Mama received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
“Above everything else, the picture has obviously been made with the lively affection and pleasure which are the life blood of good popular art.”
James Agee

TIME Magazine

“Producer/Director George Stevens has adapted John van Druten’s play, via a free-wheeling script by DeWitt Bodeen, in all its genial personality, to the screen.” 
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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