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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.
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Top Rated TV #250 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Anne Shirley 2 episodes, 1985
...  Marilla Cuthbert 2 episodes, 1985
...  Matthew Cuthbert 2 episodes, 1985
...  Rachel Lynde 2 episodes, 1985
...  Miss Muriel Stacy 2 episodes, 1985
Schuyler Grant ...  Diana Barry 2 episodes, 1985
...  Gilbert Blythe 2 episodes, 1985
Charmion King ...  Aunt Josephine 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mrs. Amelia Evans 2 episodes, 1985
Rosemary Radcliffe ...  Mrs. Elizabeth Barry 2 episodes, 1985
...  John Sadler 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mrs. Allan 2 episodes, 1985
...  Rev. Allan 2 episodes, 1985
Paul Brown ...  Mr. Phillips 2 episodes, 1985
...  Josie Pye 2 episodes, 1985
Trish Nettleton ...  Jane Andrews 2 episodes, 1985
Jennifer Inch ...  Ruby Gillis 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mrs. Hammond 2 episodes, 1985
Dawn Greenhalgh ...  Mrs. Cadbury 2 episodes, 1985
Jack Mather ...  Station Master 2 episodes, 1985
Vivian Reis ...  Mrs. Spencer 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mrs. Blewett 2 episodes, 1985
...  Alice Lawson 2 episodes, 1985
Sean McCann ...  Dr. O'Reilly 2 episodes, 1985
Roxolana Roslak ...  Madame Selitsky 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Haley ...  Professor 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mr. Barry 2 episodes, 1985
Morgan Chapman ...  Minnie May Barry 2 episodes, 1985
David Roberts ...  Tom 2 episodes, 1985
Nancy Beatty ...  Essie 2 episodes, 1985
David Hughes ...  Thomas Lynde 2 episodes, 1985
...  Prissy Andrews 2 episodes, 1985
...  Moody Spurgeon 2 episodes, 1985
...  Punch Woman 2 episodes, 1985
Rex Southgate ...  Section Head 2 episodes, 1985
Juliana Saxton ...  Pink Woman 2 episodes, 1985
Molly Thom ...  Lace Woman 2 episodes, 1985
...  Student 2 episodes, 1985
Sandra Scott ...  Mrs. Harrington 2 episodes, 1985
...  Porter 2 episodes, 1985
Ray Ireland ...  Mr. Hammond 2 episodes, 1985
Martha Maloney ...  Fairview Nurse 2 episodes, 1985
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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Schuyler Grant auditioned for the role of Anne Shirley before she was eventually cast as Diana Barry. See more »

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After Diana gets drunk, Anne is seen running after her. Anne's tights change back and forth between black and white. See more »

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Marilla Cuthbert: [rolling her eyes at Matthew's excessive purchase] Twenty pounds of brown sugar.
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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 See 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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