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Very Annie Mary (2001)

After her father suffers a stroke, his daughter is forced to take care of him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Mary Pugh
Jack Pugh
Kenneth Griffith ...
Ruth Madoc ...
Mrs. Ifans
Radcliffe Grafton ...
The mayor
Jill Richards ...
Chapel woman
Josh Richards ...
Mr. Bevan
Bethan Bevan
Gwenyth Petty ...
Chapel woman
Mary Hopkin ...
Chapel woman
Rhys Miles Thomas ...
Colin Thomas
Maureen Rees ...
Chapel woman
Stevie Parry ...
Chapel woman


When Annie Mary was 16, she was offered a scholarship to sing in Milan, but was never allowed to go because her mother was dying. Now Annie Mary is 33 and no longer sings. She lives under the shadow of her chapel-strict father, known to all as The Voice of the Valleys, who sees himself as a budding Pavarotti. She wants to break free, but her father has a stroke and demands even more of her. When she finally rebels, the whole village becomes involved in a competition to raise money and get Annie's terminally ill best friend, 16-year-old, Bethan Bevan to Disneyland. Unfortunately Annie loses all the money they win betting on horses! She is now the most unpopular person in the village until she is asked to sing again... and Annie Mary realises that she can, at last, move on. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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25 May 2001 (UK)  »

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Annie-Mary à la folie!  »

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A Welsh Winner
31 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just watched this film on Sundance channel, because I saw Rachel Griffith was listed as an actor. I'm a great admirer of Rachel Griffith, starting with Hilary and Jackie, then the TV series, Six Feet Under. Rachel Griffith's work in this film, frankly, blew me away! (and of course, the exquisite "Muriel's Wedding.") She is a magnificent actor, totally into the role of Annie Mary. It took me about 20 minutes to convince myself that "Annie Mary" was indeed Rachel Griffith, she was that into the character. It's hard to believe this film is now over 5 years old. It's timeless! I did find the Welsh accent hard to understand, at points, but would be willing to see the film again to listen more carefully. Some of the plot intricacies escaped me, probably because I was watching a TV screen, not a large cinema presentation. I'm still in the dark about an important plot development in the closing part of the film, but that didn't affect the overall impact. Also, one loses a lot on a TV presentation because the credits are largely unreadable.

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