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Posted October 1, 2010
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One of the WORST Movie Musicals of All Times
While "Annie" was a fantastic Broadway musical, this early 1980's screen incarnation is one of the worst moovie musicals of all time. The main reason? The film rewrites the play, and drops some of the best songs in the show. It also adds characters not in the show. John Huston was a legendary director, but who in the devil imagined that he had any idea whatsoever about directing a musical? The only redeeming features are Bernadetee Peters in the smallest of the supporting roles, and, of course, Carol Burnette. still the directing, the TV-style photography, and the film editing that undermines all musicality--all of these negatives distract from these two performances.<BR/><BR/>A MUCH BETTER VERSION is the wonderful made-for-TV film version produced by Disney and directed by the amazing musical film director Rob Marshall (who directed the Oscar winning "Chicago.") Kathy Bates, who takes on the role performed by Carol Burnett, is no where near as good as Burnett--but that has to do with the only real flaw in that film version: the deleting of all comedic references to the character's drinking problem.
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