Mildred Pierce (miniseries)

Mildred Pierce
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Official poster of the miniseries released by HBO.
Based onMildred Pierce
by James M. Cain
Screenplay byTodd Haynes
Jon Raymond
Directed byTodd Haynes
StarringKate Winslet
Guy Pearce
Evan Rachel Wood
Melissa Leo
Theme music composerCarter Burwell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes5
Producer(s)Todd Haynes
Christine Vachon
John Wells
Pamela Koffler
Ilene S. Landress
CinematographyEdward Lachman
Editor(s)Affonso Gonçalves
Running time336 minutes
Budget$20 million
Original networkWebsite

Mildred Pierce is a five-part miniseries that first aired on HBO on March 27, 2011. Adapted from James M. Cain's 1941 novel of the same name,[1] it was directed by Todd Haynes, and starred Kate Winslet in the title role, alongside Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, and Melissa Leo.[1] Carter Burwell wrote the original score for the miniseries.

It is the second adaptation of the novel, after the 1945 film noir produced by Warner Bros. and starring Joan Crawford.


Mildred Pierce depicts an overprotective, self-sacrificing mother during the Great Depression who finds herself separated from her husband, opening a restaurant of her own and falling in love with a man, all the while trying to earn her spoiled, narcissistic elder daughter's love and respect.