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 isSee 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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Editorial Reviews

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:
08/19/1997
UPC:
0043396223134
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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