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  • PG
  • 2h 7m
  • 1982
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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of ANNIE's hit debut on Broadway, we present the classic movie version of the beloved musical, now digitally remastered and featuring the original theatrical trailer. ANNIE is the story of a plucky, red-haired girl who dreams of life outside her dreary orphanage. One day, Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for one week with the famous billionaire "Daddy" Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into many and the only person standing in the way of Annie's fun is Miss Hannigan, the gin-soaked ruler of the orphanage (played to hilarious perfection by Carol Burnett). Will Miss Hannigan's zany attempts to kidnap the irrepressible Annie succeed? Enjoy all the unforgettable songs, including "It's A Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow."
© 1981 Rastar Films, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: John Huston proves an odd choice to direct, miring Annie in a sluggish, stagebound mess of an adaptation, but the kids are cute and the songs are memorable.
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Common Sense Says
Classic orphan tale has great songs, some iffy content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Annie is the beloved 1982 adaptation of the popular radio show, comic strip, and Broadway musical. Overall, it's a charming and entertaining family movie that's full of memorable songs. Annie (Aileen Quinn) and her friends demonstrate courage, gratitude, and perseverance in tough situations. But Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett), who runs the ramshackle orphanage where intrepid, determined Annie lives, is often drunk, slurring her speech and clutching bottles of liquor in a way that's intended to be funny. She's also cruel to the children in her care. There's kissing, flirting, and occasional references to sex ("make hay," "tumble with the bundle"). Things never get too scary, but someone throws a lit bomb into an office, and some tense scenes show Annie hanging from a bridge after being kidnapped and chased. Women have stereotypical jobs like secretary and maid but are important in the story. The movie also includes racist stereotyping in the form of bodyguards Punjab (Geoffrey Holder) and The Asp (Roger Minami) and promotes the "rags to riches" idea of the American dream, which is idealized and not achievable by all.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:May 21, 1982
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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