Annie

1982

Action / Comedy / Drama / Family / Musical

57
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 38552

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks
Tim Curry as Rooster Hannigan
Aileen Quinn as Annie
Shawnee Smith as Dancer
720p.BLU
873.00 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 6 min
P/S 0 / 60

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mnpollio 8 / 10

Curiously maligned musical adaptation is a delight

Any movie buff alive in 1982 will probably remember the critical lambasting directed at the big screen adaptation of the popular Tony-winning Broadway musical Annie. But watching it with an unjaundiced eye, it is difficult to understand the hatred then or now.

Based on the long-running Little Orphan Annie comics and the acclaimed Broadway hit, Annie keeps the same narrative beats as its predecessors. Curly-haired carrot top Annie is a 10-year-old orphan in Depression-era New York City, whose upbeat attitude and refusal to be cowed by the obstacles thrown at her makes her a thorn in the side of boozy dictatorial orphanage matron Miss Hannigan. By luck, Annie is offered the chance to temporarily reside at the palatial estate of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, and she proceeds to melt the heart of Warbucks and his staff, while Miss Hannigan, her devious brother Rooster and his floozy Lily hatch a scheme to cash in.

It is hard to see where all the carping comes from. The film retains all of the favorite songs and numbers from the stage hit, while getting rid of dead wood like "Hooverville" and adding a few of new songs that fit right in (i.e., Sandy, Dumb Dog, etc.). Director John Huston opens up the film so that it never feels like a filmed stage play, which is usually the main complaint of people in Broadway to film translations. He nicely captures the tone and spirit of the Depression-era NYC. If the number celebrating "NYC" is missing, it is more than made up for with "Let's Go to the Movies", where Annie experiences her first movie-going experience at the lavish Radio City Music Hall where period-garbed Rockettes kick with abandon. I would say that the clips of Garbo's Camille could have been cut in this segment, although it would defeat the last sight gag. Ironically, everyone had the knives out early on for Huston, claiming he was an inappropriate choice for director. I would argue that Huston is infinitely more successful here in crafting joyous musical interludes as opposed to the dead air that "acclaimed" director Clint Eastwood perpetrated in Jersey Boys.

I would also venture to say that Huston's use of his lavish budget is present everywhere and used to great effect, particularly in the film's second half, which concludes with an exciting rescue that avoids the ho-hum effect that impacted the stage version's problematic second act. And while the visit with FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, with everyone singing on "Tomorrow" may seem hokey, it was no more so than in the show, and there are many highlights to counteract that saccharine bit. "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" featuring the orphans is a lovely bit and both "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here", "It's a Hard Knock Life" and "Little Girls" are all showstoppers.

Aileen Quinn nicely anchors everything as an appealing Annie (although I daresay some of the other orphan girls give her a run for her money in the talent department). Carol Burnett hams it up with abandon in a scene-stealing turn as the chronically inebriated Miss Hannigan. Albert Finney walks the tightrope between stern and warm as Daddy Warbucks. Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters are a memorable Rooster and Lily (their Easy Street is also a highlight), while Ann Reinking is a delight as Warbucks' secretary Grace Farrell.

Ironically, for a film declared a misfire by so many critics, I have not come across any musical fan or child who does not get caught up in its effervescent joy. Definitely a film to watch to chase away the blues and instill some hope. Steer clear of the woebegone modern remake with Jamie Foxx, whose sole saving grace was watching the same critics who trashed this film suddenly develop amnesia by pretending they originally liked it and the remake was so bad.

Reviewed by theknownames 10 / 10

The best Annie

A memorable adaption of the Broadway play. Hands Down, the best Annie. The set designs are classic, the casting is impeccable, the costumes, the talent! There is at least one additional song that fits in seamlessly. Aileen Quinn as Annie is iconic. An inspirational timeless and, so far, unsurpassable production. Annie '82' is perfect

Reviewed by loueysmith 9 / 10

Love this classic!

I showed this to my 2 year old today and she absolutely loved it, was so engrossed! I think it's lovely that even with all the new flicks that are way more updated these days, a child of this day and age can still love an old classic like this...I just shows you how wonderful a movie it is. I don't think there's one member of the cast I didn't think was great in this, they all play a fantastic part. I have watched part of the Jamie Foxx (couldn't make it through the whole thing) one and and all of the Victor Garber version and they're not a patch on this one. The Victor Garber one was watchable, but it felt rushed and in parts out of place...for instance, they have the song "yesterday was plain awful" in it, yet have cut out the action scene where Rooster tries to hurt Annie...so it makes no sense to still have the song! There are a few other scenes that also seem a bit off as well. The acting for all parts in that one seem good, with the exception of Miss Hannigan, she was meant to be a raving alcoholic man eater and she actually tried to save Annie at the end...much better this way. Kathy Bates was a disappointment. I liked both Graces, however prefer the one in this version as she has far more charm and a fine singer and dancer! I also love that "we got Annie" is in this one. So, to sum up...1999 version is watchable but 1982 is outstanding!! The other is just plain crap. I knocked off one star, for the fact in this version, Miss Hannigan ends up at the party, I know she tried to save Annie at the end...BUT, she'd been a crap to all the kids throughout, not exactly caring or nurturing (just cared about getting drunk and men) and she was part of the scheme of tricking Annie. So seemed a bit weird she was not only let off with all that, but made a part of the celebration at the end!

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