Anne Of Green Gables parents guide

Anne Of Green Gables Parent Guide

Kevin Sullivan's made-for-TV production has become the definitive version of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic story by perfectly depicting the beloved redhead.

Overall A

Based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, a headstrong yet charming young orphan girl struggles to stay out of trouble and gain acceptance in her new home.

Release date February 17, 1986

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A-
Substance Use B+

Why is Anne Of Green Gables rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Anne Of Green Gables Not Rated

Run Time: 199 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Have you ever found yourself caught in a pickle, or at least a sticky situation? Well, take some pointers from the pros in the heart-warming witty tale of Anne Shirley, the princess of predicaments.

Momentary shock and disbelief engulf Mathew Cuthbert (Richard Farnsworth), a soft-spoken bachelor. After careful deliberation, the older gentleman and his sister, Marilla (Colleen Dewhurst), had decided to adopt a sturdy boy old enough to help with the chores on their farm, yet young enough to be raised with their values. However, when Matthew arrives at the train station to pick up the orphaned lad they requested, all he finds is a skinny red-haired girl accompanied by a worn out carpetbag and a huge imagination.

Shuffled between institutions since infancy, Anne Shirley (Megan Follows) had been taken in by numerous homes only to be a servant. Having existed in the most dismal of circumstances, the thirteen-year-old is looking forward to her new life. When the news that she is the victim of an unfortunate mix up is finally broken, her melodramatic heart is vanquished. Somehow Anne’s irrepressible quirkiness manages to worm its way into the Cuthbert’s hearts, and they soon prepare to let her stay—if she can avoid trouble. This proves to be a daunting task, as the headstrong quick-tempered girl has a remarkable knack for attracting calamity.

Based on the novel that established Lucy Maud Montgomery as an important Canadian author, Anne Of Green Gables wonderfully illustrates the picturesque innocence of Prince Edward Island during the early 1900s. Although a silent film, a musical, and even an animated series have tried to capture the childlike charm of her writing with varying degrees of success, Kevin Sullivan’s made-for-TV production has become the definitive version, thanks to fabulous performances by Follows and Dewhurst.

For those in a gift-giving dilemma for Mom, or perhaps another girl in your family, may we suggest sharing a trip to the island? Dust off your imaginations, put on your puffiest sleeves, and share this beloved movie with one of your ‘kindred spirits.”

Directed by Kevin Sullivan. Starring Megan Follows, Richard Farnsworth, Colleen Dewhurst. Running time: 199 minutes. Theatrical release February 17, 1986. Updated

Anne Of Green Gables
Rating & Content Info

Why is Anne Of Green Gables rated Not Rated? Anne Of Green Gables is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Overall: A
Based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, a headstrong yet charming young orphan girl struggles to stay out of trouble and gain acceptance in her new home. This heart warming classic has made its setting, Prince Edward Island, famous for more than just its unusual red earth and tasty potatoes.

Violence: A-
Characters engage in a small shoving match. Characters succumb to heart attacks. Character falls into water. A writing slate is broken over another’s head. Character receives injuries after falling from roof and later into a well. Small boat sinks, leaving occupant stranded.

Sexual Content: A
A teacher shows romantic interest in a student and kisses her on the cheek.

Language: A-
At least: 1 term of Deity used as an expletive, and a few mild insults.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B+
A character occasionally smokes a pipe. Medicine is administered to a sick child. Characters consume alcohol by mistake and become intoxicated.

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Anne Of Green Gables Parents' Guide

Both Anne and Marilla have struggled to forgive beaus who offended them. How does this affect their lives? What things might have been different if they had been able to overlook past wrongs?

How do Matthew and Marilla’s child-rearing approaches differ? Who loved Anne more?

The traditional orphanages depicted in this movie are relics from the past. How are children without families cared for today?

Anne of Green Gables has become an important part of tourism in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Anne Of Green Gables movie is November 3, 2015. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Anne of Green Gables: 30th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: 3 November 2015
Anne of Green Gables releases in a 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray.

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A Little Princess and Fly Away Home also tell tales of children adapting to new environments. Fans of Richard Farnsworth may also enjoy The Straight Story.

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