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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Albert Finney
Aileen Quinn
Carol Burnett
Bernadette Peters
Tim Curry.
Directors
John Huston.
Screenwriters
Thomas Mehem
Carol Sobieski.
Running Time
128 minutes

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Annie
Ill-convieved big-screen version of the timeless musical


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Plot
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


Review
Based on the Thomas Mehem's timeless stage musical of the same name, this movie version tells the story of red-haired orphan Annie ( Quinn), who leaves the prison-like orphanage run by trampy Carol Burnett and her twisted partner Tim Curry, and finds her way into the home and the heart of mean millionaire Daddy Warbucks (Finney). Annie remains a heartwarming tale, with fine music and decent acting performances. However, the movie version leaves two nagging questions — what possessed John Huston to direct a musical, and why on earth did it cost $60 million to make?


Verdict
The music is spirited and the performances good, but it doesn’t all gel together.


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