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Annie
     

Annie

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Director: Rob Marshall,

Cast: Alicia Morton, Victor Garber, Kathy Bates

 

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This made-for-TV adaptation of the hit Broadway musical (which was, in turn, based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray) stars Alicia Morton as Annie, who lives in an orphanage run by the ill-tempered Miss Hannigan (Kathy Bates). Like the rest of the children, Annie doesn't like the orphanage and hates Miss Hannigan, so she's excited when famous and eccentric

Overview

This made-for-TV adaptation of the hit Broadway musical (which was, in turn, based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray) stars Alicia Morton as Annie, who lives in an orphanage run by the ill-tempered Miss Hannigan (Kathy Bates). Like the rest of the children, Annie doesn't like the orphanage and hates Miss Hannigan, so she's excited when famous and eccentric billionaire Daddy Warbucks (Victor Garber) picks Annie as the lucky orphan who gets to spend Christmas at his mansion. Warbucks is charmed by Annie's spunk and good spirits and is eager to adopt her, but Annie is convinced that one day her real parents will come back to claim her. Eager to make her happy, Warbucks offers a sizable cash reward to whomever can find Annie's mother and father; Miss Hannigan, seeing the possibility of an easy payday, concocts a scheme by which her brother Rooster (Alan Cumming) and his floozy girlfriend Lily (Kristin Chenoweth) will pose as Annie's long-lost folks. Andrea McArdle, who originated the role of Annie on Broadway, has a supporting role as the Star-to-Be. The musical was previously filmed in 1982, with John Huston in the director's chair.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The sun comes up again on one of the best-received Broadway musicals of the '70s in a made-for-TV production from the same people who brought us Gypsy (with Bette Midler) and Cinderella (with Brandy and Whitney Houston) in recent years. This sparkling production, also broadcast on ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney, is a more streamlined Annie with much of its Depression-era subtext -- and the song "Hooverville" -- cut to keep things moving between commercials. As with the earlier productions, the cast is top-notch, including Alicia Morton as the indomitable Annie, Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks, Audra McDonald as Grace, and Tony-winners Alan Cumming (Cabaret) Kristin Chenoweth (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) as Rooster and Lily, respectively. Broadway fans will appreciate the producer's nod to the original "star-to-be" in the song "NYC" -- Andrea McArdle, the Great White Way's first Annie. Oscar-winner Kathy Bates is a hoot as the despicable Miss Hannigan, the bane of young Annie's existence. While John Huston's 1982 film has its devotees (and detractors), this fluid and family-friendly Annie is a rousing outing that will have your children chirping "tomorrow, tomorrow" for years to come.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
This made-for-TV version of Annie is much better than the 1982 big-screen feature, and a highly effective stage-to-screen transfer. While it significantly alters some elements of the play (e.g., omitting most of the sections dealing with FDR and the New Deal, cutting several songs), the changes work well in context. Director Rob Marshall uses his resources very skillfully; he must work within the confines of a television budget (albeit a generous one) and schedule, but manages to make the production numbers exciting and to give the film a distinctive visual look. His work on "Tomorrow," the show's signature tune, is especially good. In his hands the song is quietly but determinedly optimistic, rather than overpoweringly anthemic, as it could be under another director. Marshall's cast is uniformly excellent. Alicia Morton is a treasure, genuine and real and playing her scenes with a beguiling sincerity. Victor Garber hits all the right notes; his transition from initial no-nonsense efficiency to warmth and caring is handled with aplomb, and his performance of "Something Was Missing" is lovely. Audra McDonald, her role built up substantially, is in especially fine form (and exceptional voice), and Kathy Bates is a hoot -- and not bad vocally, either. Thoroughly engaging, Annie is one of the few musicals to effectively make the transition to TV.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
UPC:
0717951006707
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
1,316

Special Features

WWDD trailer; 5.0 surround sound; 1.33:1 aspect ratio

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Chapter Selections
0. Chapter Selections
1. Opening Credits/A Very Special Note [3:31]
2. "Maybe" [3:29]
3. Miss Hannigan [1:35]
4. "Hard Knock Life" [5:47]
5. Annie Looks For Her Parents [1:34]
6. A New Friend/"Tomorrow" [4:20]
7. On The Lam [2:40]
8. "Little Girls" [3:36]
9. An Invitation From Oliver Warbucks [2:43]
10. Arriving For The holidays/"I Think I'm GOnna Like It Here" [4:50]
11. Warbucks And Annie Meet [2:56]
12. "nyc" [8:04]
13. Rooster And Lily [1:36]
14. "Easy Street" [4:49]
15. Speaking From The Heart [3:52]
16. "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" [4:26]
17. Rooster Hatches A Scheme [2:55]
18. The Search For Annie's Parents [1:16]
19. "Something Was Missing" [5:12]
20. "Together At Last" [2:42]
21. Enter The Mudges [4:57]
22. A Bittersweet Toast/"Tomorrow" [2:54]
23. Christmas Morning/Annie Says Goodbye [1:29]
24. Lily Spills The Beans [1:19]
25. The Jig Is Up [2:20]
26. A Wonderful New Life/"I Don't Need Anything But You" [3:37]
27. End Credits [3:26]

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Annie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im soon to be starring in the theatrical performance Annie- this page has given me significant useage and I am pleased with the quality of he film overall. An excellent film for all the family
dec0558 More than 1 year ago
This film (directed by Rob Marshall who directed the Oscar winning film "Chicago") is MUCH closer to the original Broadway musical than the AWFUL 1982 film version.

If you must see "Annie" rent or buy THIS version and skip altogether the TERRIBLE 1982 film version--which should go down in history as one of the worst and MOST OBNOXIOUS musicals in film history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
do yourself a favor and watch the original- it's much better. i love garber & bates- but the movie is realy not worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Aillen Quinn does a better job as Annie. She looks more like the 1933 ten-year-old plucky red-headed orphan girl. Alicia morgan, looks more like the 1972 eight-year-old rich and snobby girl. I also think that the original is more like the commics. Morgan did do a good job playing annie, and I think that she sings better than Aileen Quinn. Alicia would have been a very good Violet in Willie Wonka and the chocolate factory. I also think the original has a better Oliver.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 1999 version of Annie is very good and as much as I like the 1982 movie version this 1999 version is actually closer to the stage musical and the whole cast is great but especially Alan Cumming, Kristen Chenoweth, Victor Garber Kathy Bates, and Alicia Morton and it was nice to see Andrea McArdle who originated the part of Annie on Broadway make a cameo appreance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the movie Annie.I LOVE every song! My favorite song is 'Easy Street ' I love it. This movie was great! If you have not seen it, go rent it now! It will be great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie rocks! She is wonderful, and this version was far better than the other one. Annie is a great role model. I really think that Ms. Hanigan is the funniest person in the movie. All of the viewers will love this movie if they watch it. I saw the play, and the movie, so I know what Annie is like. Why don't you go ahead and watch the movie, for I give it five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definatly the better of the two movies. they didn't songs to into the movie, but they did cut a song out. the good thing is, it wasn't 'tomorrow'. the song was, 'We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover' which is a good song, but not crucial to the story plot. Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth (my fav. actress along with Angela Lansbury- mrs. potts in Beauty and the Beast) do a fabulous job as Rooster Hannigan and Lily st. regis ('I was named after the hotel!') A MUST buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the movie begins, a young girl named Annie (newcomer Alicia Morton) dearms that one day her parents will go back to the oprhanage and get her. But Miss Hannigan (Kathy Bates) doubts her. She works the girls hard and doesn't allow them out of the orphanage. She only feeds them if they have done good work. She has all the girls say ''I love you Miss Hannigan.'' She teaches the girls to never tell a lie. When Oilver Warbucks (Victor Gabor) is accused of not caring for the poor, he sends Miss Grace (Audra McDonald) to find an ophan and invited the ophan to spend christmas with him. And he gets Annie. And he falls in love with her and decides to adpot her. Miss Hannigan's brother Rooster (Alan Cumming) is the only con she knows that can con a cop. He shows up at the orphanage with his new girlfriend (Kristen Chenoweth). This movie will steal your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There have been two full length films of the broadway hit musical Annie. This is by far the better of the two. It follows the original broadway script much more accurately than the Carol Burnett version. Kathy Bates is superb as Ms. Hannigan and overall I would rate the cast as equal to or better than the earlier movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are 3 versions of this movie (1932(1982(1999).I have only seen the 1982 and 1999 versions of 'Annie'. If you ask me the 1982 version was better, but I came to love the movie by watching the 1999 version. so it's actually an ok version.