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Fantastic family film ; Movie MEMORY [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

November 23, 2013


THE heart-warming rags to riches tale of little orphan Annie has delighted audiences the world over since the story was transformed from a comic strip into an award-winning musical.

It's a musical story that has been enjoyed for decades since its triumphant launch on Broadway in 1977, which led to a cinematic box office smash in 1982 starring Aileen Quinn and Albert Finney.

The film stars Quinn as the irrepressible orphan and Finney is Oliver Warbucks, the tyrannical tycoon (with a hidden heart of gold) who adopts her for a week in the interests of good PR.

Carol Burnett also puts in an impressive performance as ginsoaked harpy Miss Hannigan, who rules with an iron fist over an orphanage full of unruly girls.

It's Miss Hannigan who schemes with her unscrupulous brother (played by Tim Curry) to kidnap Annie and claim a reward.

The film is also know for its catchy songs, including Tomorrow, You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile and It's a Hard Knock Life.

While it's by no means the greatest example of a musical to film transition, Annie is still a fantastic family film and well worth a watch.

REVIEWER: Mary-ann Astle.

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