An musical adaptation of the book "Pollyanna" set in the 1950's in which an orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Polly
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Dr. Shannon
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Mrs. Conley
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George
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Nancy
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Jimmy Bean (as Brandon Adams)
Larry Riley ...
Rev. Gillis
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Miss Priss
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Mr. Pendergast
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Miss Snow
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Mr. Tarbell
Tom McGreevey ...
Doctor
Michael Peters ...
Mr. Thurm
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An musical adaptation of the book "Pollyanna" set in the 1950's in which an orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town

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12 November 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The last performance of Butterfly McQueen. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Bean: You sweet, young thang you...
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Connections

Version of Pollyanna (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Shine a Light
Written by Jim Cox
Performed by Kevin Page, Dorian Harewood and T.K. Carter
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Loved this Movie as a Kid
22 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was a great adaptation of the original movie Pollyanna. Unlike some other remakes of traditionally caucasian movies that were adapted to the black experience, this movie was believable and fun. It's always difficult to make a musical seem realistic to any facet of life, but I found this story to be touching and interesting. The sequel is also great and the story comes full circle. Phylicia Rashad and her TV daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam have great chemistry together, so they were a great choice for the two female leads. Kudos Debbie Allen for directing and choreographing such a fun family film. There were a lot of touching moments, but not too many that the movie becomes overly sappy and puerile. The music in the film is also quite good, many of these actors are talented musicians as well and they really got to showcase that fact. Whereas the original Pollyanna is outdated both socially and culturally, I felt that this film is still modern enough to be relevant, yet just historical enough to look back upon.


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