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Anne of Green Gables 

An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.
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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 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 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
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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

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Release Date:

17 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Mrs. Hammond brings Anne to the orphanage was done last. See more »

Goofs

When Marilla shows Anne to her room on her first night at Green Gables, Megan Follows enters the room and when she does her hat brushes Colleen Dewhurst in the face. When Colleen Dewhurst turns toward the camera, you can see her barely holding in her laughter. According to Kevin Sullivan, Dewhurst was renowned for her practical jokes, and she did something in the room as a joke on Megan Follows. Sullivan could not recall exactly what Dewhurst had done. This is the reason why she's trying to hold in her "laughter". See more »

Quotes

Marilla Cuthbert: Oh, this is a fine kettle of fish.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Grace and Frankie: The Hinge (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Vienna Blood
Written by Johann Strauss
Played at ball and heard on phonograph
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Megan Follows IS Anne Shirley & Jonathan Crombie IS Gilbert Blythe
30 December 1998 | by THFCSee all my reviews

For those of us who have loved L.M. Montgomery's books as both children and adults every depiction of them is very closely scrutinised. This Kevin Sullivan production is the only one that has come up to scratch, which isn't surprising as earlier attempts have failed abysmally (one even had Diana played by an insipid blonde!).But with faithful scripting, inspired casting, excellent direction and beautiful camera work, there is simply nothing negative to be said about this show. Sullivan sticks very closely to the original book and all the characters, from the central ones right down to those we hardly ever see, such as silly Ruby Gillis and spiteful Josie Pye, are superbly and sensitively observed by the actors portraying them.

I have read and re-read many favourite books but never before have I found myself imagining the characters as the actors who played them on screen - especially having read the books at least twice over before seeing any production of them. The highest complement I can pay to the cast of Sullivan's "Anne of Green Gables" is that any previous images I might have had of these much loved characters were wiped out of mind by their wonderful depictions of them. Richard Farnsworth, Colleen Dewhurst, Schuyler Grant, Jonathan Crombie and Patricia Hamilton were all brilliant. As for Megan Follows - well, what can I say? She is a truly wonderful actress (not only on the strength of this performance) and no one could ever match her portrayal of Anne Shirley.

One last thing - if there are any fans of "The Kids in the Hall" reading this watch out for Bruce McCulloch as Fred Wright... you'll fall out of your chair! (And Dave Foley has a cameo in the sequel).


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