As the story opens early in 1939, Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson) is living a charmed life in a quaint English village. Her husband, Clem (Walter Pigeon), is a successful architect and she has three children she adores. When war is declared, her life is deeply affected: Her eldest son joins the Air Force, Clem is gone for days on boat patrol, and her village is subjected to enemy bombs.
Released in 1942, this movie was a big hit with its patriotic message and wholesome family values. While the Miniver family is somewhat idealized, they nevertheless feel the horror of wartime. It's rousing and sentimental without being overly preachy and won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Garson is beautiful, elegant, and likeable, and Pigeon is a good match as her husband. The supporting cast is lovely, especially Henry Travers as the rose-loving station master.
The DVD extras include two patriotic short films that were made during the war. This is an inspiring, sweet, and timeless story of the effects of war on the home-front. Highly recommended.