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Burning Annie (2004)

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The story of a college student with an "Annie Hall" addiction trying to make his new relationship work.


Van Flesher
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Lundy ... Max
Sara Downing ... Julie
Kim Murphy ... Beth (as Kim Murphy Zandell)
Brian Klugman ... Charles
Jay Paulson ... Sam
Rini Bell ... Amanda
Todd Duffey ... Tommy
Kathleen Rose Perkins ... Jen
Jason Risner Jason Risner ... Scott
Carrie Freedle Carrie Freedle ... Sara
Keith Page ... Mark
David Hall David Hall ... Andy
Alex Bolano Alex Bolano ... Young Max
Evan Price Evan Price ... Adolescent Max
Jaisey Bates Jaisey Bates ... Amy


A dark comedy about Max, who thinks Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" is a cautionary tale about the futility of romance. Just as he begins to suspect the movie is ruining his love life, his world is turned inside-out by a girl who just might be the modern equivalent of Annie Hall herself. Written by Anonymous

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Art imitating life imitating art imitating life See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

8 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

West Virginia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Armak Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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An Nintendo 64 can be seen in the film. See more »


When Max is describing his group he says Sam is the "Alpha male" of the group, which primarily consists of "zeta males." The implication is the other males would be the lowest social caste, but that would be the "omega males" because Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet. Zeta is the 7th letter. See more »


Max: I can't support an acronym without knowing what it stands for. I once joined NAMBLA because I thought it was an animal rights group.
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References The Rat Pack (1998) See more »


Mega Alpha Chumps Enjoy the Grand Oblivion
Written By Patrick Jones and Ryan Weik
Performed By The Mormons
Appearing Courtesy of Mormantic Music
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Surprise Hit from This Year's Festival Circuit
22 July 2003 | by frenchy-1See all my reviews

Van Flesher's `Burning Annie' is a smart comedy about a neurotic college student who becomes convinced that his obsession with Woody Allen's `Annie Hall' is ruining his love life. Unlike so many twentysomething comedies, `Burning Annie' relies on a strong story and a talented cast of characters to tell its tale.

Gary Lundy is fantastic in the lead role of Max, a college station disc jockey who keeps changing his radio program's schedule out of fear that someone might be listening. Kim Murphy plays Beth, Max's ex-girlfriend and sounding board, and Sara Downing plays Julie, Max's new love interest. These strong performances are rounded out by Brian Klugman who plays Max's goofy sidekick, Charles, in a role reminiscent of the Tony Roberts character from Allen's `Annie Hall', if only in spirit.

The script, by Zack Ordynans and Randy Mack, is filled with dark wit and clever dialogue, and provides a surprisingly honest look at everyday college life. It's self-referential without being too cute, and manages to tip its hat to Allen's `Annie Hall' while remaining fresh and original, throughout.

`Burning Annie' is well worth a look -- one of the surprise hits from thi s year's festival circuit.

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