Let's get out of here! Annie was my first exposure to this kind of Disney Channel, plastic child-actor aesthetic that seems to have become the norm these days: old-before-their-years showbiz kids who can only impersonate badly the behavior of real children. Cute 9-year-old Aileen Quinn beat out 9,000 crestfallen if not scarred for life Annie applicants, winning the title role in what was then the most expensive musical ever made. John Houston, one of the top ten American directors ever, was in his 70s when he made this, yet he still had his amazing skill set to produce a wonderful story within a wonderful world. They took a pretty boring song that was just setting up the Annie parent search plot point and the orphan showcase in the next scene and made it into a clever moment. Anonymous Wow, what a great review of this film. Also, I love that you played Daddy Warbucks in high school! Warbucks wants to adopt her, she is still looking for her real parents who left a locket with her when they dropped her off at the orphanage. I'm starting to wonder if I missed the good aspects of the film.
After unsuccessful escape attempts, Grace Farrell comes to take the child home to live two weeks with billionaire Oliver Warbucks during Christmas. I'm fascinated to read that there was a big scale production of that number. I totally agree with you on Sound of Music and Cabaret. Her spunk attracts that attention of a wealthy man, and young Annie sees an opportunity to have a family at last. But her protests over Rooster killing her was apparently enough to redeem her as in the final scene she is not in jail, but one of the circus performers at Annie's party. Hi Cathy I'm so glad you brought up the issue of how children respond to this film, especially little girls.
Annie has half of a locket left with her by her parents at the orphanage along with a note explaining they would return for her when they could afford to keep her the subversions come in when firstly it turns out the locket is an incredibly common and cheap mass-produced item, useless for tracking down anyone with, and then that in any case, Miss Hannigan has the parents' half of the locket and they died in a fire years ago. It is easy to lose interest during some of the middle musical sequences. The plucky orphan worms her way into the hearts of the staff and Mr. Read on for a listing of streaming and cable services - including rental, purchase, and subscription alternatives - along with the availability of 'Annie' on each platform. If there is a center to the film, it belongs to Albert Finney.
I don't know what adults think of it coming to it for the first time, but like the movie version of The Wiz, Annie has become a movie a lot of kids grew up on, and it has a huge fan base that feels a great deal of affection for it. My hunch is she was given free rein to do what she wanted. I was shocked it was Huston. I just, yesterday as a matter of fact, saw an interesting documentary on her called Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room. Grace has already seen how mean Miss Hannigan is, so after she sends Warbucks off to seal the adoption deal, knowing that it's a lock, she and the staff celebrate.
I think a more dance-educated directed than Huston might have realized what he had in her and Bernadette Peters and used them better. It is the same trouble with 90 percent of all screen adaptations of great musicals. Are we going on a train? At the end of the day, he is the real mastermind behind the kidnapping plot. And given that Annie takes place in 1933 and Camille had not even been made then, I wonder why they even went that route. The movie is a mixed bag when you get down to it, especially since the stuff going on behind the scenes could really make for a movie itself. I enjoy what there is to enjoy :. A call out to film buffs to identify this character actor.
He continues a phonecall even while someone's trying to assassinate him. I'm hardly of the age to have seen the stage version or the movie when it came out, but is it wrong of me to honestly see the movie as informed nostalgia for 1982 rather than 1933? Which leads me to ponder the double-edge sword of hype. He isn't too aloof at the beginning, and he's not too softhearted at the end. I think I ought to revisit it in widescreen high-def. Cathy P When I saw this I had to comment. And yes, like you I'm a sucker for long-legged dancers who wear chiffon that appears to come with it's own choreography.
By the time the movie came out, though, she had gotten clean for good and even accompanied her mom to the movie's cast luncheon : I do appreciate Dorothy Loudon's contributions to the character, since it formed the basis for Burnett and others. You bring up an interesting a point about the few films that manage to improve upon or be better than their stage productions. Thanks very much for sharing your memories and comments on this film! He has a thankless task: He must portray Daddy Warbucks as a self-centered, smug rich man who has everything in the world, except love, and who learns to love through the example of a little girl. I even think Carol Burnett could have been more effective. I admit to having a lot of affection for it, even if lots of it also makes me cringe.
It really does irk me. I think around 1996 or so, because I'd just seen a local stage production. I went back and watched Finney's performance a good many times, and have appreciated this movie ever since. Lastly, I think your school skit borders on documentary. Have you seen the full version they left out of the movie?. For the most part I found it a glue footed mess even with the talented cast, most of whom I think are wonderfully gifted.
Advertisement Will kids like the movie? As for the new version of Annie from what I've read it looks just as irksome, if not more, as the original. I love the idea of a 'no higher than' stand with the movie; classic! We have yet to have our quintessential big screen Annie. Meanwhile, my own feelings about Annie have remained roughly the same, with time adding in equal measure a degree of nostalgia and cheesy camp to my revisits to it, making for a win-win situation whatever mood I'm in. The legendary John Huston directs this much-loved version of the hit Broadway musical, starring Aileen Quinn as the young orphan who changes the life of munitions billionaire Daddy Warbucks Albert Finney. I wonder what you would think of the film seeing it now after so many years? Thanks so much for another terrific contribution.