Annie - The Movie 1982

by candy47

Review of the musical Annie featuring 10 year old Aileen Quinn in the title role.

Based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip which made it's debut in the New York Daily News on August 5, 1924. Due to the fantastic success of the comic strip, a radio show followed then several movies spanning decades, then a Broadway play in 1977.
The Little Orphan Annie newspaper comic strip ran from 1924 to 2010.

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The Story

An orphanage for girls in New York City during the 1930's is home for Annie, a ten year old precocious curly haired redhead. She dreams of her real parents returning to take her home with them, ignoring the fact that they dropped her off at the orphanage when she was an infant. The orphanage is run by Miss Hannigan, a lonely lush, looking for love but until that day comes Miss Hannigan is the bane of the girls existence. They know how to get around her though.

Then one day, out of the blue, Grace Farrell, the personal secretary to billionaire Oliver Warbucks, visits the orphanage to adopt an orphan for one week only as the guest of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Annie is chosen and taken to the Manhattan mansion where she is pampered day and night by the staff.

Annie confided in Mr. Warbucks that she wants to find her real parents. Warbucks offered a reward to her real parents if they come forward. Enter Miss Hannigan's ne'er-do-well brother Rooster Hannigan and his sticky-fingered accomplice Lily St. Regis. They convince Warbucks and Miss Farrell that they are Annie's parents, get the reward money and flee with Annie.

Their ruse is discovered and Oliver Warbucks must do whatever necessary to rescue Annie from the trio.

The Players

Aileen Quinn in the title role of Annie. Carol Burnett is the slinky, gin soaked director of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan. Albert Finney as the lovable Oliver 'Daddy' Warbucks. Ann Reinking as Warbucks' personal secretary Grace Farrell. Tim Curry is Rooster Hannigan, and Bernadette Peters is his greedy girlfriend Lily St. Regis.

My Opinion

This is one of those movies I'll watch every chance I get. The singing and dancing are extraordinary. Although I didn't see the Broadway play, this movie is as close as you can get to being in a Broadway theater. This movie is an absolute pleasure.

Take a peek at Annie

Annie - The Movie

Available in various formats - Watch it Now!
Annie (Special Anniversary Edition)

A little about Aileen Quinn

Aileen Quinn was 10 years old when she was cast for this movie. At that time she was appearing in the Broadway production as the understudy to the understudy for Annie. She was selected for the movie out of 8,000 other girls.

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Updated: 07/27/2016, candy47
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/02/2017

candy47, It's always life-affirming to watch movies with happy endings, such as Annie and Pollyanna. It's interesting how such seemingly simple, straightforward plots turn child actresses -- such as Hayley Mills in the latter case -- into unforgettable stars for generations to come.

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