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SUBJECTS — World/England; World/WW II;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Families in Crisis;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age: 10+; Not Rated; Drama; 1942; 145 minutes; B & W.
It's World War II. The Minivers, an otherwise happy and well adjusted English middle class family, must learn to live under daily bombardment by German planes. Mr. Miniver joins hundreds of boat owners summoned to Dunkirk to help evacuate British soldiers from the mainland. While he is gone, a downed German flyer seeks shelter in the Miniver home.
Mrs. Miniver is one of the best Allied propaganda films of World War II. It shows how the British public reacted to German aerial bombardment during the Battle of Britain (August - October, 1940). President Roosevelt was so impressed with the final speech in this film that he ordered it printed onto leaflets and dropped over occupied Europe.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide contains background and discussion questions to help teachers use this film to supplement studies of the Second World War.
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Mrs. Miniver shows a strong woman faced with a nightmare situation. It puts a face on World War II on the British home front and shows the tremendous effort needed to save the British Army at Dunkirk.
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Dunkirk is a seaport in Northern France. In late May of 1940, the British Army was trapped between the advancing German Army and the sea. The British Navy mobilized every available boat, public or private, on the English coast near the Channel, and evacuated 337,000 troops between May 27 and June 4, 1940. Dunkirk is seen as a brilliant military retreat. In the movie, Mr. Miniver participates in the Dunkirk evacuation.
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