Annie (1982) Parent Guide
Viewers likely won't be able to keep from at least humming the tune of "Tomorrow" after watching this lively ginger brighten up a room.
Parent Movie Review
Seventy young actresses, chosen from thousands of applicants, auditioned for the title role in Annie. But Aileen Quinn was the 10-years-old who nabbed the lead in this 1982 theatrical version of the Broadway Musical. (The show was based on the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.)
Quinn plays the vivacious, strong-willed child who lives in the Hudson Street Orphanage in New York City with a houseful of other unfortunate girls under the care of the establishment’s alcoholic head mistress, Agatha Hannigan (Carol Burnett). Every day, while enduring the sharp words and endless chores handed out by her caregiver, Annie dreams of the parents she hopes will come back to reclaim her.
One day someone does arrive at the orphanage. But it’s not her mom and dad.
Hoping to improve the public image of the cold-hearted industrialist Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney), his secretary Grace (Ann Reinking) comes to the institution looking for a ward of the state to come home with her—if only temporarily. The spunky little Annie worms her way into Grace’s heart and soon finds herself on the doorstep of one of the richest men in New York City. The curly-haired redhead instantly charms the rest of the household staff as well. But it takes a little longer for Daddy Warbucks to warm up to the spirited girl.
Full of musical numbers and rambunctious dance scenes, the best thing about Annie may be the soundtrack with catchy tunes like “Tomorrow”, “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”. However, this adaption of the play to the big screen isn’t always seamless, and production often feels stagy. The huge cast and frequent musical interludes also seem to bog down the storyline about the little girl hoping for a family.
Still it is fun to see a bald Albert Finney take on the role of the immensely rich Daddy Warbucks. (Who knew his career would go on to include roles in movies like Amazing Grace, The Bourne Ultimatum, Big Fish and Skyfall.) While the scenes of a youngster in peril, some nasty adult characters and the worry of being orphaned makes this movie more suitable for older children, viewers likely won’t be able to keep from at least humming the tune of “Tomorrow” after watching this lively ginger brighten up a room.Directed by John Huston. Starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett. Theatrical release June 18, 1982. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Annie (1982) rated PG? Annie (1982) is rated PG by the MPAA for a scene of child imperilment, some mild language and strong alcohol use.
Violence: A woman threatens and yells at the children in her charge. A character is hit in the face with a mop. A child beats up a group of boys. A child is kidnapped, chased up and then pushed over the side of a bridge. Characters engage in pushing and shoving.
Sexual Content: A female character makes advances toward some male characters. A married couple engages in a suggestive dance.
Language: The script contains a handful of mild profanities, some terms of Deity and name-calling.
Alcohol / Drug Use:Some characters are seen smoking. Miss Hannigan drinks often and is depicted as drunk on several occasions.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
Annie (1982) Parents' Guide
How is foster care portrayed in this movie? Why is Annie so sure her parents will return? How does she feel about being chosen over all the other girls to live with Oliver Warbucks?
Why is having someone to love and someone to love them so important to these orphaned girls? How can a good foster or adoptive parent change the life of a child? What does Oliver learn about the difference between money and a child?
The most recent home video release of Annie (1982) movie is January 13, 2004. Here are some details…Home Video Notes: Annie: Special Anniversary Edition
Release Date: 13 January 2004
On the 20th Anniversary, Annie releases to home video (DVD) with the following bonus features:
- Exclusive musical performance of "It's a Hard Knock Life" by pop group Play
- The Age of Annie trivia game
- Sing along with Annie!
- Act along with Annie!
- New DTS sound mix
- My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn
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In 1995 a sequel was made for this film, titled Annie: A Royal Adventure. Anne of Green Gables is also a famous redheaded orphan. Another parentless child finds herself in danger in The Rescuers. This Broadway show gets the big screen treatment again in the 2014 movie Annie.