June 18th, 1982



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Broadway musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. A young orphan girls adventures in finding a family that will take her.

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 6.0/10 (12,538 voted)

Critic's Score: 39/100

Director: John Huston

Stars: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett

In the depths of the 1930's, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves which put Annie in great danger.

Writers: Carol Sobieski, Thomas Meehan

Albert Finney - Daddy Oliver Warbucks
Carol Burnett - Miss Hannigan
Ann Reinking - Grace Farrell
Tim Curry - Rooster Hannigan
Bernadette Peters - Lily St. Regis
Aileen Quinn - Annie
Geoffrey Holder - Punjab
Roger Minami - Asp
Toni Ann Gisondi - Molly
Rosanne Sorrentino - Pepper
Lara Berk - Tessie
April Lerman - Kate
Robin Ignico - Duffy
Lucie Stewart - July
Edward Herrmann - FDR

Taglines: The movie of 'Tomorrow'

Release Date: 18 June 1982

Filming Locations: Administration Building, Monmouth College - 45 Elm Road, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $510,632 (USA) (23 May 1982) (14 Screens)

Gross: $57,059,003 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA:

Did You Know?

Pop singer Martika is one of the dancing orphans in the film.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: During "You're Never Fully Dressed" when an orphan climbs down the chest of drawers, she sings "and not from head to toe" but her mouth doesn't say "toe".

[first lines]
Molly: [having a nightmare] Annie! Annie! Annie! Annie!
Annie: Everything is going to be alright.

User Review

One of my all time favorites

Rating: 10/10

Aileen Quinn as Annie has everyone beat. With that darling face, that beautiful voice, she did a fabulous job creating the character. Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks was wonderful! He had that stern 'businesslike' attitude which grew into heartfelt love for this little red-headed orphan girl. Carol Burnett was awesome as the lady who ran the orphanage. She started out gruff and tumble (and drunk) but as it turns out, she really has a love for these orphans.

There is NO comparison to the newest version. I can't see anyone else playing these parts better than Quinn, Burnett and Finney. It just isn't the same. If you want a beautiful musical with fun loving attributes, please see this movie!!! Your children will love you for it.

Highly Recommended


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