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Mildred Ames (novel)
Robert Wiemer (written by)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Dina Merrill ... Sarah

Martha Byrne ... Anna

Mark Patton ... Rowan
Donna Mitchell ... Michaela
Jack Ryland ... Graham

Loretta Devine ... Ms. Benson (Schoolteacher)

Jack Gilford ... Dr. Jelliff
Gail Weed ... Clara
Virginia Stevens ... Nurse Grap
Marilyn Rockafellow ... Mrs. Smithson
John Wardwell ... Farmer
Susan Lowden ... TV Newscaster
Warren Watson ... Dr. Barrett
James Louis Fleming ... Dr. Randall
Julie Araskog ... Nurse
Kent Cottingham ... Furniture Mover
Marshall Wiemer ... Furniture Mover
Stuart Cole ... Albacore Security Guard
Gary Mitchell ... Albacore Security Guard
Paul Baillargeon ... Himself

Directed by
Robert Wiemer 
 
Writing credits
Mildred Ames (novel "Anna to the Infinite Power")

Robert Wiemer (written by)

Produced by
Ned Kandel .... executive producer
Robert Wiemer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Baillargeon 
 
Cinematography by
Glenn Kershaw 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Hammer 
 
Art Direction by
Shela Oakey 
 
Makeup Department
Carla White .... makeup artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Swanek .... assistant camera
 

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101 min
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Continuity: There is a point where only one Anna is running down a hallway and hiding. While running down the hallway, her hair is left long and free-flowing. When she's gets in and out of her hiding place, however, her hair is done up in an elaborately braided hairdo.See more »
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Anna Hart:I feel as though I'm more myself than ever before.See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Anna to the Infinite Power - An undiscovered gem, 2 May 2010
Author: jonathanruano from Canada

Director Robert Wiemer was a television director who throughout his career made films that went straight to TV. Most of Wiemer's films were not very good (like "Night Train to Kathmandu" with the beautiful Ukranian model Mila Jovovich) because he often had to work with austere budgets and often untalented actors. But in the early 1980s, Wiemer made a film, "Anna to the Infinite Power" that was so intellectually riveting and profound that I was interested in it right up to the end. The only bad scenes are in the last twenty minutes, which raised logical problems about the film's plot (for example, why was the old nurse incapable of noticing that Anna had escaped from her room in the hospital). But up to that point, "Anna to the Infinite Power" is terribly good.

The most important reason why this film work is that Robert Weimer had written such a good script based on the novel with the same name. The plot developments are so unpredictable that you never know what is going to happen next. In the beginning, "Anna to the Infinite Power" is a story about an inexplicably anti-social young girl named Anna who is gifted in science and math and possesses a very high IQ. Then the story evolves into one of intellectual and emotional awakening as Anna discovers why she has these problems and realizes that she can change and grow -- and she does grow. Then the plot evolves into something else. Although the plot changes so much, "Anna to the Infinite Power" does not lose its cohesion and it does not confuse the audience as it conveys its rather complicated plot. The other great thing about the script is that, unlike many big-budget Hollywood films, "Anna to the Infinite Power" has characters, especially Anna Hart (who is played with surprising effectiveness by Martha Byrne) and Rowan Hart (Mark Patton), that evolve instead of remain static. There are also wonderful little nuances in this film such as the subtle chemistry between Anna and Rowan which gives the suggestion of a romance, but never answers the question of whether one will develop. Equally noteworthy is the thought provoking character of Michaela Dupont (Donna Mitchell), the new neighbor who appears friendly but is not all that she seems. Michaela has her own agenda, but we are not told what it is until the end.

The acting, in contrast, to the script is not as stellar. Martha Byne plays Anna Hart very well most of the time, though her acting was wobbly in the beginning. But the same cannot be said for the rest of the cast which usually had good and bad scenes in equal measure. Yet at the same time, the most important characters -- Anna Hart, Rowan Hart, Michaela Dupont, and Henry Jelliff -- were believable enough to make this film work. Why was this relatively amateurish cast, excepting Martha Byrne, so effective? My theory is that most of these actors cared enough about their roles and this film's inspired plot (and arguably good direction) to make the extra effort in making this movie work. The result is that a film that should have gathered plenty of dust, like one of those woman's novels that no one really cares about, ended up becoming a diamond in the rough and potentially a cult classic. I suspect if this film was given a much bigger budget and better actors, it probably would have been one of the best films of the year. But nevertheless Robert Wiemer can justifiably be proud of his work here.

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