New York Times - 05/21/1982
"...A no-expense-spared tribute to the Music Hall and the kind of show business it represents....They don't build movies like this anymore."
Premiere - 03/01/2004
Total Film - 01/31/2013 4 stars out of 5 -- "Huston's film is as much an ode to musicals as it is to movies..."
A red-haired mop-top orphan (Aileen Quinn), yearning to break out of her dreary life in an orphanage run by an iron-fisted, boozy matron (Carol Burnett), charms billionaire Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Albert Finney) into adopting her--but what she really wants is to find her real parents. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Original Score.
A little girl, stuck in an orphanage run by a bitter, hard-drinking spinster, is saved by a wealthy man through a "Rent-An-Orphan for Christmas" program. The billionaire, won over by Annie's spunk and "joie de vivre," adopts her, and they live happily ever after in his mansion.
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Based on the hugely successful Broadway musical, the film cost an estimated $52 million to make.
Shot in Metrocolor and Panavision.
Harold Gray is the creator of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie."