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Director: John Huston

Cast: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn


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John Huston's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Annie arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Though fine for what it is, the full-frame transfer cramps the film in a way that will bother film lovers. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while


John Huston's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Annie arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Though fine for what it is, the full-frame transfer cramps the film in a way that will bother film lovers. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while French and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a ten-minute featurette with the now grown Aileen Quinn, who discusses the wonderful time she had making the movie and how difficult the process of getting the part was. Another extra allows youngsters to sing along with the songs in the film. A music video from the Swedish pop band Play performing "It's the Hard-Knock Life," and a selection of trailers rounds out this release.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Annie -- the sunny, syrupy 1977 Broadway musical wherein such optimistic anthems as "Tomorrow" and "You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" originated -- found a surprising onscreen shepherd in director John Huston. The man’s man behind such classics as The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Prizzi’s Honor, it’s fair to say, had to stretch a bit for sweet. Perhaps the grittier elements Huston brought to the film didn’t hurt, though, as Annie ultimately overcame its critical drubbing and lackluster box-office performance to become a home-video favorite. Aileen Quinn, as the titular indefatigable carrot-topped moppet, is plucked from an orphanage to live for one week with wealthy Daddy Warbucks (a robust Albert Finney), who is desperately seeking an image upgrade. Carol Burnett is a hoot as Annie's besotted nemesis, Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical, child-hating orphanage owner who schemes to spoil Annie's happiness. The film also benefits from scene-stealing Broadway veterans Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, and Ann Reinking. A karaoke feature on this disc allows you to sing along with the hit-and-miss score's three most beloved songs, "Tomorrow," "Maybe," and "It's the Hard-Knock Life." Even more irresistible than Annie herself is an "act-along" feature that offers starstruck viewers the opportunity to step in for Quinn in selected dramatic scenes.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
John Huston's Annie is a contemporary classic that embodies a timeless quality that few films of the 1980s have been able to accomplish. The dream casting may be its best asset, especially with Albert Finney throwing his weight around as Daddy Warbucks. Comedienne Carol Burnett is a perfect choice for the skinny, shaky Miss Hannigan, offering a complementary combination of drunken pratfalls and spinster cynicism. Even in the smaller roles that don't show up until Act III, Tim Curry's Rooster and Bernadette Peters' Lily St. Regis are dastardly comic villains. They bring a fun-filled badness into the picture when it looks like things are getting a little too sentimental. The climactic scene is a cinematic feast, employing a vertical train-bridge set piece complete with Punjab's (Geoffrey Holder) philosophical helicopter rescue. The Oscar-nominated art direction effectively re-creates Depression-era New York, of which a rascally orphan with immeasurable faith is an excellent symbol. Especially entertaining is the Bert Healy (Peter Marshall) radio show program and the orphans' gymnastic make-believe emulation of the broadcast. The wish-fulfillment theme culminates in the glorious trip to Radio City Music Hall with the actual Rockettes opening number "Let's Go to the Movies." Throughout the film, the songs are ridiculously catchy, danceable, and soaring with emotion, making Annie a well-rounded musical and ageless family favorite.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive musical performance of "It's the Hard-Knock Life" by pop group Play; The Age of Annie trivia game; Sing along with Annie; Act along with Annie; My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn; Trailers; Newly created DTS Sound

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Finney Daddy Warbucks
Carol Burnett Miss Hannigan
Aileen Quinn Annie
Ann Reinking Grace Farrell
Bernadette Peters Lily
Tim Curry Rooster Hannigan
Geoffrey Holder Punjab
Roger Minami Asp
Edward Herrmann Franklin D. Roosevelt
Toni Ann Gisondi Molly
Rosanne Sorrentino Pepper
Lara Berk Tessie
April Lerman Kate
Lucie Stewart Duffy
Robin Ignico July
Lois de Banzie Eleanor Roosevelt
Robert Guerra Actor
Larry Hankin Pound Man
Irving Metzman Bundles
Sandy Himself
Jon Richards Frack
Kurtis Epper Sanders Spike
Peter Marshall Bert Healy
Loni Ackerman Boylan Sister
Murphy Cross Boylan Sister
I.M. Hobson Drake
Lu Leonard Mrs. Pugh
Jerome Collamore Frick
Ken Swofford Weasel
Shawnee Smith Dancer
Amanda Peterson Dancer
Cherie Michan Dancer
Victor Griffin Actor

Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Margaret Booth Editor
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Martin Chamin Songwriter
Robert Guerra Art Director
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Peter Howard Choreography
Joe Layton Executive Producer
Richard Moore Cinematographer
Arlene Phillips Choreography
Carol Sobieski Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Ray Stark Producer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Charles Strouse Score Composer,Songwriter
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. "Maybe"
3. Miss Hannigan
4. "It's the Hard-Knock Life"
5. Rescuing Sandy
6. "Dumb Dog"
7. "Sandy"
8. Grace Farrell
9. "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here"
10. Oliver Warbucks
11. "Little Girls"
12. Rooster & Lily
13. "Maybe" (Reprise)
14. A Bolshevik
15. "Let's Go to the Movies"
16. "We Got Annie"
17. Warbucks Meets Miss Hannigan
18. "Sign"
19. Annie's Locket
20. "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"
21. With F.D.R.
22. "Tomorrow" (White House Version)
23. "Easy Street"
24. Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Mudge
25. "Maybe" (Reprise)
26. The B & O Bridge
27. Finale
28. End Credits


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Annie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie (1982) is based on a Broadway stage musical which was based on a comic strip and though the Broadway musical is better I still liked this movie even though it wasn't entirely faithful to the stage musical. The whole cast is great but especially Carol Burnette, Albert Finney, Aileen Quinn, Tim Curry, and Bernadette Peters. I'm however disappointed that the new special edition DVD is pan and scan only and that they didn't put out a widescreen version. I have the old DVD that has both widescreen and pan and san fullscreen on the same DVD and I can tell you that you see more of the movie in the widescreen format. So to me I'm glad I kept my old DVD even though the only extra features are the original trailer and bios of some cast members. I would give the movie 4 stars but I drop points because of the pan and scan DVD which is the only version in print now. The DVD that included widescreen is no longer being made!
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
oldies-goodies More than 1 year ago
Pleasure to watch so much talent...leaves you with good feeling!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are ever feeling sad or blue, watch 'Annie' and you will sure perk up your day! This film is awesome! Albert Finney steals the show as Daddy Warbucks! The singing and dancing is excellent, the choreagraphy is outstanding, and the acting is superb. Musicals do not get much better than this. If you are interested in the Depression and the 1930s, this film will not disappoint in terms of conveying the sense of hopelessness and hope that co-existed during the decade.
deeDM More than 1 year ago
I work at Monmouth University where this was filmed. It's a great story for children regarding faith and love. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i recomend annie to kids and adults. i first saw it i was 9 and i watch it over and over again
cheer_girl101 More than 1 year ago
pretty good, but could be better
Guest More than 1 year ago
it has such possesion and its a hit
Guest More than 1 year ago
My five year old granddaughter loves ''Annie''. Saw it once recently on stage & has seen video hundreds of times. She knows/sings/dances to every part of script, and has us doing same when she stays overnight. However, in this VHS version, Carol Burnett (one of my all-time favorite comedy actresses) plays the Ms.Hannigan role as an alcoholic. She's funny, but maybe this portrayal would be sensitive image/issue for some family viewers despite all the other wonderful actors, songs, etc. I know & have seen another earlier version of ''Annie'' by Disney in which Kathy Bates is Ms. Hannigan, and it's terrific, but where available to purchase?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie it is my favorite children and adults alike will love it.
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Annie is a great movie. My 2 year old daughter sings all the songs on Annies movie. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that Annie is the best film ever,i used to live in a childrens home so i know how she feels in the orphanage. my favorite characters are Sandy the dog, Annie and Pepper. i know the words to all the songs in the film and i played Annie in a school play because i have red frizzy hair like hers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie is a wonderful movie its my favorite i know the words to all the songs and my favorite character is Molly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie is a great movie...Ilove it.I watcheder that movie all my life...the one with Alicia Morton,Victor Garber,and Kathy Bates well...that really sucked.I only liked Sandy.I am an Aileen Quinn my self...
dec0558 More than 1 year ago
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.

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.