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Annie (2014)

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A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York City mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

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Will Gluck

Writers:

Will Gluck (screenplay), Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Will Stacks
Quvenzhané Wallis ... Annie
Rose Byrne ... Grace
Bobby Cannavale ... Guy
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Nash
David Zayas ... Lou
Cameron Diaz ... Hannigan
Zoe Margaret Colletti ... Tessie
Nicolette Pierini ... Mia
Eden Duncan-Smith ... Isabella
Amanda Troya ... Pepper
Dorian Missick ... Annie's "Dad"
Tracie Thoms ... Annie's "Mom"
Mike Birbiglia ... Social Services Inspector
Stephanie Kurtzuba ... Mrs. Kovacevic
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Storyline

The 1977 Broadway musical returns to the big screen with this Overbrook Entertainment/Sony Pictures production surrounding a 10-year-old Harlem foster child (played by Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis) taken in by a calculating billionaire (Jamie Foxx) who's campaigning to be mayor. Abandoned by her biological parents as a baby, Annie (Wallis) spends every moment of every day attempting to avoid the wrath of her cruel foster mother Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). Thing start to look up for Annie, however, when she has a very public encounter with Will Stacks (Foxx), a local cell-phone mogul with mayoral ambitions. Stacks campaign isn't going too well until he meets Annie and invites her into his home at the suggestion of his trusted top assistant Grace (Rose Byrne) and his ambitious PR advisor Guy (Bobby Cannavale). Meanwhile, what was originally conceived as a PR stunt to win over skeptical voters becomes something much more personal when the jaded tycoon realizes his ...

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It's a Hard Knock Life See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At a bar, Guy and Miss Hannigan see a band named "Leaping Lizards", a popular catchphrase from the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Aileen Quinn, who played the title character in the 1982 film, has a band with the same name. See more »

Goofs

During the reprise of "Tomorrow," Annie, Grace, and Will are running holding hands. In the next shot, Grace is a few steps behind, not holding Annie's hand. In the next shot, they are all holding hands. See more »

Quotes

Annie: [to Stacks] You gotta learn to stop spitting. You're not a camel.
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the credits feature the finale number as well as a number of outtakes. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the movie is aired on BYUTV, the following is cut: All profanity, no matter how mild The "group home" subplot The scenes with Miss Hannigan and the Inspector Miss Hannigan flirting with Will Stacks Miss Hannigan's line about how Guy "got a little handsy". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Slender Man (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Girls (2014 Film Version)
Original Music by Charles Strouse
Original Lyric by Martin Charnin
2014 Music and Lyric by Greg Kurstin, Sia (as Sia Furler) and Will Gluck
Produced by Greg Kurstin
Performed by Cameron Diaz
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An atrocious film filled with hollowed performances and D-grade musical numbers
18 December 2014 | by trublu215See all my reviews

Annie is an age old story of an orphan struggling to survive and is magically swept off her feet by a reluctant grouch who suddenly gets a warm heart and yadda yadda yadda. Yes, an updated version of Annie sounded awesome and yes, some of us had hope for it. And HELL NO is this what Annie should have become. This is perhaps one of the most ridiculous, over produced, annoyingly unoriginal remakes in recent years. With a cast like this film, starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne, this should have been a very competent film but it is so bogged down with a ridiculous hip-hop shroud of the musical numbers and poorly executed dance numbers that it is hard to take this seriously. The biggest culprit is Will Gluck, the man directs this with absolutely no flavor. It isn't hard to make the story of Annie heart warming, not in the very least. It is one of the best told stories along with being one of the best musicals of all time. Even if you were asleep at the wheel for most of the production, you could still get something out of it. Gluck fails to do pretty much everything when it comes to direction. It is lazy and unoriginal. To be frank, the only reason why I'm giving this a 3 instead of a 10 is Wallis' performance. She was truly awesome as Annie and it is a shame that the film wasn't even a fraction as good as her performance. Overall, this is a film that will more than likely have you pounding your fist against your head for the entire duration of the film...oh yeah, it is THAT bad.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,861,939, 21 December 2014

Gross USA:

$85,911,262

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,853,506
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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