A little orphan girl catches the attention of a kind man named Mr. Warbucks, who wants to adopt her, but the cruel, strict orphanage owner has a scheme to keep Annie - and her reward money.

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Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan
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Eleven-year-old Annie has been living in an orphanage her whole life run by cruel Miss Hannigan. After unsuccessful escape attempts, Grace Farrell comes to take the child home to live two weeks with billionaire Oliver Warbucks during Christmas. The plucky orphan worms her way into the hearts of the staff and Mr. Warbucks and even the president of the United States! Even though Mr. Warbucks wants to adopt her, she is still looking for her real parents who left a locket with her when they dropped her off at the orphanage. Miss Hannigan's brother and his sleazy girlfriend pose as Annie's parents to gather the reward that Warbucks has offered to Annie's real parents. Written by <ragheadchick@hotmail.com>

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Among the changes from prior versions to this version are:
  • Four songs, including the original title song, "Annie", which was not in the Broadway score, but was written for the prior movie version;
  • A subplot involving Sandy's going missing in the original musical;
  • The White House "Tomorrow" reprise, which was replaced by a scene involving Grace Farrell and Annie; and
The ending is subtly changed, in that Miss Hannigan, not Lily St. Regis, pretends to be Mrs. Mudge. See more »

Goofs

Before the Christmas party, Mr. Warbucks and Annie are singing and dancing; at one point during this song ("I Don't Need Anything But You") Annie's lips move as she sings her line, but no sound comes out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Molly: [having a dream] Mommy!
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Crazy Credits

While Ernie Sabella and Vic Polizos are both in the opening titles of the film, they are NOT in the end credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Little Orphan Annie (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomorrow (Reprise #2)
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Performed by Alicia Morton and Audra McDonald
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Better than the first version in most ways
23 February 2001 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

The story is presented well thanks to superb acting, especially from the convincing Alan Cumming as 'Rooster' Hannigan. (You'd never think it seeing him in the film, but he's actually got a strong Scottish accent).

The songs are well-choreographed and the orchestration is marvellous. The ultimate song is one left from the 1982 version: 'N.Y.C.' where all the atmosphere is captured in one shot.

The only real fault is that Kathy Bates isn't very gin-soaked or ahteable even as Miss Hannigan.

This film was made for TV, and yet you wouldn't think it. Granted some of the sets have a studio feel to them, in particular the mansion, you forget about this as the dancing and story sweep away your imagination.

The best advice I can give you on watching this film is to not, as I have done here, continuously compare and contrast this to the 1982 version, as this will deter you from enjoying the full effect of a movie that captures the Broadway atmosphere.

All who value a good musical with fantastic orchestration are gonna like this movie!


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