PG |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

In the depths of the 1930's, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves which put Annie in great danger.

Cast: Carol Burnett , Albert Finney , Tim Curry , Bernadette Peters , Aileen Quinn , Ann Reinking

Director: John Huston

Genres: Comedy , Drama , Family

Production Co: Columbia Pictures

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I enjoyed the energy that was visible on the screen, and the sumptuousness of the production numbers, and the good humor of several of the performances. show more

  • 63
    Ethan AlterTV Guide Magazine

    This charming musical based on the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie features many memorable songs and pleasant dance numbers. show more

  • 38
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In the end, this musical is not a disgrace - Huston has too much experience to let the thing die. But he cannot summon the magic required to let it live. Watching Annie is like being buried alive in balloons. [21 May 1982]

  • 20
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Putting aside the grating performances, the clumsy direction, the visual ugliness and the haphazard development of story, character and relationships, the movie is hobbled by its intrinsic unsuitability for contemporary retelling. show more

  • 50
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    No amount of self-referential jokes can make up for a lack of heart and spirit. Thankfully, Annie lacks neither. show more

  • 75
    Calvin WilsonSt. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Annie is not a great movie musical — but it’s a fun time at the movies. show more

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