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For a young girl living a "hard-knock life" in a children's orphanage, things may seem pretty bad, especially at Christmas. But feisty Annie carries a song in her heart and hope in her locket-the only thing she has from her parents. One day, fed up with the dastardly Miss Hannigan, Annie escapes the run-down orphanage determined to find her mom and dad. Her adventure takes her from the cold, mean streets of New York to the warm, comforting arms of bighearted billionaire Oliver Warbucks-with plenty of mischief and music in between.
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Common Sense Says
Joyous '90s version of classic musical.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this version of Annie is a 1999 made-for-TV adaptation of the classic musical. There's some verbal bullying from the other orphans, especially toward the youngest and smallest girl, and taunting toward orphans such as Annie, who believe their parents are still alive. In their song about Miss Hannigan, the girls sing of how they want to "make her drink a Mickey Finn," which is a drugged alcoholic drink intended to make the drinker incapacitated. Miss Hannigan drinks shots of whiskey with her brother and her brother's girlfriend. This same brother threatens to "make Annie disappear" using a switchblade. For adoptive families and adopted children, Annie's firm belief that her parents are still alive, and her eventual discovery of the truth, could be difficult for some.
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- Genre:Family, Comedy
- Release Date:September 7, 1999
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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