Annie

Annie

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Director: John Huston

Cast: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn

     
 

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This family classic is adapted from the Broadway musical, which was based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. During the Great Depression in New York City, a plucky red-haired scrapper named Annie (Aileen Quinn) is the voice of hope for her fellow orphans who live under the supervision of drunken floozy Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett). Annie's spirit is…  See more details below

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This family classic is adapted from the Broadway musical, which was based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. During the Great Depression in New York City, a plucky red-haired scrapper named Annie (Aileen Quinn) is the voice of hope for her fellow orphans who live under the supervision of drunken floozy Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett). Annie's spirit is fueled by the belief that her real parents dropped her off at the orphanage with a half of a locket, promising to return for her with the other half. One day, the dingy orphanage is visited by the sophisticated Grace Farrell (Ann Reinking), personal secretary to conservative politician Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney). In order to improve his image, Grace brings Annie to the Warbucks estate for a weeklong visit. Annie quickly wins the hearts of servants and politicians alike, eventually even bringing her song of hope, "Tomorrow," to President Roosevelt in Washington. Warbucks and Grace even go so far as to perform a public search for Annie's parents, creating an opportunity for Miss Hannigan, Rooster (Tim Curry), and Lily (Bernadette Peters) to scam their way to the reward money.

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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:
01/13/2004
UPC:
0043396035966
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

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

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Annie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it has such possesion and its a hit
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.
oldies-goodies More than 1 year ago
Pleasure to watch so much talent...leaves you with good feeling!!
cheer_girl101 More than 1 year ago
pretty good, but could be better
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.