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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.


Rob Marshall


Irene Mecchi (teleplay), Thomas Meehan (book) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Bates ... Miss Agatha Hannigan
Victor Garber ... Oliver Warbucks
Alan Cumming ... Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan
Audra McDonald ... Grace Farrell
Kristin Chenoweth ... Lily St. Regis
Erin Adams Erin Adams ... Tessie
Sarah Hyland ... Molly
Lalaine ... Kate
Nanea Miyata ... July
Marissa Rago Marissa Rago ... Pepper
Danelle Wilson Danelle Wilson ... Duffy
Andrea McArdle ... Star-To-Be
Alicia Morton Alicia Morton ... Annie Bennett
Dennis Howard Dennis Howard ... F.D.R.
Douglas Fisher ... Drake




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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The Music. The Memories. The Magic. See more »


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Did You Know?


The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Direction and Outstanding Choreography. See more »


When Rooster and Lily enter as Annie's parents, Lily sits on the front of Miss Hannigan's desk. When the shot switches to Miss Hannigan's face you can see the edge of the desk, but Lily is gone. When the shot switches back to behind the desk, Lily is there again. See more »


[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 »


Version of Annie (2014) See more »


It's The Hard Knock Life
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Performed by Alicia Morton, Erin Adams, Sarah Hyland, Nanea Miyata, Marissa Rago, and Danelle Wilson
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User Reviews

4 August 2003 | by brie416See all my reviews

A lot of the reviews are saying that this tv version of Annie was a remake of the 1982 film of the same name. This is simply not true. This version of Annie is a remake of the stage musical. If you have ever seen the stage musical you will realize that it is extremely different than the 1982 film.

That being said, those who have fallen in love with the earlier film will most likely not like this version. Those who are true to the stage musical will probably enjoy it. Falling in the latter category, I like this version better.

To me, Alicia Morton was superior to Aileen Quinn in every way, but most noticeably voice quality. Alicia has a great voice for the part. And I personally wasn't bothered by the fact that she had straight hair as opposed to curly. The rest of the orphans did great too.

Kathy Bates was also a standout. As much as I love Carol Burnett, I thought Kathy Bates did a fantastic job as Ms. Hannigan and Alan Cumming was a nice surprise as Rooster.

One last thing to remember is that since this was for tv, their budget was a lot smaller than a feature film. Taking that into consideration, I think Rob Marshall did a commendable job updating the play Annie for a new generation to view.

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Release Date:

7 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annie - Weihnachten einer Waise See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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