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release date: Sep 05, 2000
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Annie: Broadway Tribute Edition [VHS]
Charmless and dull, this adaptation of the Broadway hit stars Aileen Quinn as the depression-era moppet, Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, Carol Burnett as the cruel headmistress at an orphanage, and Tim Curry as a villain. The film never gets its legs, and there is no sense of setting; it's almost as if the whole thing is happening in a void. John Huston nominally directed--no doubt to make money between his smaller, cheaper masterpieces--but one would have thought he would invest something of himself in here. --Tom Keogh
Special Features
The DVD's production notes, which are new enough to discuss the competing (and superior) 1999 television production, include a timeline of the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip and its theater and film adaptations. The notes also mention the four songs written specifically for the 1982 film but name only one, "Let's Go to the Movies." The others are "Dumb Dog," "Sandy," and "Sign"; "We Got Annie" was written for an early draft of the Broadway show but not used until this film. --David Horiuchi
Product details
BindingVHS Tape
Sales rank905123
RatedG (General Audience)
DirectorsCarol Reed,John Huston
ManufacturerSony Pictures
List price$39.99

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