8.5/10
18,399
81 user 3 critic

Anne of Green Gables 

TV-G | | Drama, Family | TV Mini-Series (1985)
An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.
Reviews
Popularity
1,249 ( 29)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1986   1985  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Megan Follows ...  Anne Shirley 2 episodes, 1985
Colleen Dewhurst ...  Marilla Cuthbert 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Farnsworth ...  Matthew Cuthbert 2 episodes, 1985
Patricia Hamilton ...  Rachel Lynde 2 episodes, 1985
Marilyn Lightstone ...  Miss Muriel Stacy 2 episodes, 1985
Schuyler Grant Schuyler Grant ...  Diana Barry 2 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Crombie ...  Gilbert Blythe 2 episodes, 1985
Charmion King Charmion King ...  Aunt Josephine 2 episodes, 1985
Jackie Burroughs ...  Mrs. Amelia Evans 2 episodes, 1985
Rosemary Radcliffe Rosemary Radcliffe ...  Mrs. Elizabeth Barry 2 episodes, 1985
Joachim Hansen ...  John Sadler 2 episodes, 1985
Christiane Krüger ...  Mrs. Allan 2 episodes, 1985
Cedric Smith ...  Rev. Allan 2 episodes, 1985
Paul Brown Paul Brown ...  Mr. Phillips 2 episodes, 1985
Miranda de Pencier ...  Josie Pye 2 episodes, 1985
Trish Nettleton Trish Nettleton ...  Jane Andrews 2 episodes, 1985
Jennifer Inch Jennifer Inch ...  Ruby Gillis 2 episodes, 1985
Jayne Eastwood ...  Mrs. Hammond 2 episodes, 1985
Dawn Greenhalgh ...  Mrs. Cadbury 2 episodes, 1985
Jack Mather Jack Mather ...  Station Master 2 episodes, 1985
Vivian Reis Vivian Reis ...  Mrs. Spencer 2 episodes, 1985
Samantha Langevin ...  Mrs. Blewett 2 episodes, 1985
Mag Ruffman ...  Alice Lawson 2 episodes, 1985
Sean McCann ...  Dr. O'Reilly 2 episodes, 1985
Roxolana Roslak Roxolana Roslak ...  Madame Selitsky 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Haley Robert Haley ...  Professor 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Collins ...  Mr. Barry 2 episodes, 1985
Morgan Chapman Morgan Chapman ...  Minnie May Barry 2 episodes, 1985
David Roberts David Roberts ...  Tom 2 episodes, 1985
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ...  Essie 2 episodes, 1985
David Hughes David Hughes ...  Thomas Lynde 2 episodes, 1985
Wendy Lyon ...  Prissy Andrews 2 episodes, 1985
Zack Ward ...  Moody Spurgeon 2 episodes, 1985
Anna Ferguson ...  Punch Woman 2 episodes, 1985
Rex Southgate Rex Southgate ...  Section Head 2 episodes, 1985
Juliana Saxton Juliana Saxton ...  Pink Woman 2 episodes, 1985
Molly Thom Molly Thom ...  Lace Woman 2 episodes, 1985
Jennifer Irwin ...  Student 2 episodes, 1985
Sandra Scott Sandra Scott ...  Mrs. Harrington 2 episodes, 1985
Peter Sturgess ...  Porter 2 episodes, 1985
Ray Ireland Ray Ireland ...  Mr. Hammond 2 episodes, 1985
Martha Maloney Martha Maloney ...  Fairview Nurse 2 episodes, 1985
Stuart Hamilton Stuart Hamilton ...  Mme. Selitsky's Accompanist 2 episodes, 1985
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Anne Shirley accepts a teaching position at a girls boarding school in a town dominated by a rich and belligerant family determined to make her life miserable.

Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Marilyn Lightstone
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The continuing adventures of Anne Shirley in New York and in France during World War I.

Stars: Jonathan Crombie, Schuyler Grant, Patricia Hamilton
Anne of Green Gables (TV Movie 2016)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A retelling of L.M. Montgomery's story of Anne Shirley, an orphan who is accidentally sent to a couple looking to adopt a boy instead

Director: John Kent Harrison
Stars: Ella Ballentine, Martin Sheen, Sara Botsford
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Anne, now a middle-aged woman, is troubled by recent events in her life. Her husband, Gilbert, has been killed overseas as a medical doctor during World War II. Her two daughters are ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Sullivan
Stars: Barbara Hershey, Rachel Blanchard, Shirley MacLaine
Avonlea (1990–1996)
Drama | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A young rich girl is sent to live with relatives on Prince Edward Island in the early 1900s.

Stars: Zachary Bennett, Lally Cadeau, Mag Ruffman
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.

Director: George Nichols Jr.
Stars: Anne Shirley, Tom Brown, O.P. Heggie
Happy Christmas, Miss King (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

While Felix is away at the War the people of Avonlea try to have a good Christmas, but Miss King is suddenly badly hurt and she may not live...

Director: Stefan Scaini
Stars: Jackie Burroughs, Lally Cadeau, Mag Ruffman
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Author L.M. Montgomery's spirited heroine, Anne Shirley, faces numerous milestones, including first sleepovers, culinary misadventures and shifting relationships, all while embracing her inquisitive nature.

Director: John Kent Harrison
Stars: Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Martin Sheen
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Anne is growing up into a young woman. Family, friends and romances throughout the PEI atmosphere. Left for college, there's an emptiness at Green Gables. Trying new and innovative things, Anne makes decisions for her future.

Director: John Kent Harrison
Stars: Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Martin Sheen
Anne of Avonlea (TV Mini-Series 1975)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The continuing adventures of Anne Shirley in New York and in France during World War I.

Stars: Kim Braden, Barbara Hamilton, Madge Ryan
Anne of Green Gables (TV Mini-Series 1972)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Orphan Anne Shirley is adopted by the Cuthbert siblings. The miniseries is now believed to be lost. It was followed by a 1975 sequel.

Stars: Kim Braden, Elliott Sullivan, Barbara Hamilton
Anne of Green Gables (TV Series 1979)
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery, this 50 episode series tells the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan living in 19th century Canada.

Stars: Eiko Yamada, Fumie Kitahara, Michio Hazama

Photos

Edit

Storyline

At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. Anne's a dreamer with an unusual point of view, far removed from Marilla's pragmatic ways, and it's only on trial that Marilla agrees to keep Anne...if Anne can keep out of trouble, only Anne has a positive genius for it. As Anne falls into a series of scrapes (and off a roof), makes a bosom friend, searches (and finds) several kindred spirits, Matthew and Marilla discover that their lives have become a great deal richer, now that Anne is at Green Gables. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Katharine Hepburn was originally approached to play Marilla Cuthbert. She declined, but suggested her relative (great-niece), Schuyler Grant for the role of Anne. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the general store where Anne is buying some fabric for a dress, Alice is shown putting the bolt back on the shelf. It cuts to a closeup of Anne and then the next shot shows Alice putting the same bolt back on the shelf again. See more »

Quotes

[Gilbert Blythe, rowing a boat, found Anne clinging to the post under a bridge]
Gilbert Blythe: Anne Shirley. What in heck are you doing here?
Anne Shirley: [trying to sound dignified] Fishing, for lake trout.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes several deleted scenes, many of which feature German actress Christiane Krüger, which were filmed for the German version of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Avonlea: Aunt Hetty's Ordeal (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Vienna Blood
Written by Johann Strauss
Played at ball and heard on phonograph
See more »

User Reviews

Wonderfully shot, and high production values.
16 September 2003 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I was highly impressed with this production when I first saw it over ten years ago. The cinematography is very intimate, and does a fine job of showing some very picturesque coastal and rural scenery. The costuming and overall art direction is first class in both this production and it's followup "Anne of Avonlea."

The acting is very rich and natural from all the female leads, though somewhat dry from the younger males. There's a touch of melodrama in all their performances, but this aspect reflects accurately I think the behavioral norms for the period.

The stories are personal reflections of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, set around Prince Rupert Island, and placed in a 3rd person narrative for her series of books. The books are once again transcribed to screenplay format for this mini series, and though I've never read the books I must say I'm very impressed with the production.

The blend of colors, costumes, acting talent and overall direction really make this and its sequel very enjoyable to watch. Sadly the third installment doesn't quite live up to the standards set by the first two mini series, but is still watchable.

The SFX were also very convincing (what few there were). I won't spoil the film by pointing them out, but nevertheless they help set the general visual feel of the characters, and better establish their ages.

Myself, I'm a guns-n-spaceships movie kind of guy, but I do appreciate a gentle reflection on the more important things in life. In this case the story of the pains and fortunes of growing up. I highly reccomend this to anyone who needs a break from real life or wants a change in pace from the usual Hollywood offerings.


20 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 81 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

MySpace | Official site

Country:

Canada | West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anne of Green Gables See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed