Published April 22, 2023


Film info

  • Title Annie
  • Director John Huston
  • Year 1982
  • Run time 2hrs 7m
  • Genres Comedy, Family, Drama
  • Tagline The movie of 'tomorrow'

Annie is the story of a plucky, red-haired girl who dreams of life outside her dreary orphanage. One day, Annie is chosen to stay for one week with the famous billionaire 'Daddy' Warbucks. One week turns into many and the only person standing in the way of Annie's fun is Miss Hannigan, the gin-soaked ruler of the orphanage. Will Miss Hannigan's zany attempts to kidnap the irrepressible Annie succeed?

Live blog

Time Comment
1:27 Yaaaas Arlene Phillips!
6:49 Those lights always confused me, with individual hanging strings. But makes sense for a dormitory I suppose.
11:03 They’ve definitely made the bedroom more messy.
13:23 Love that Mr Bundles helps the kids out.
17:34 Is that Mr Heckles???
25:38 What is the purpose of this bizarre ‘spend a week with a billionaire’ idea?
30:52 No one seems to be expecting her. I think Grace has made the whole thing up.
43:25 Sorry but squirrels should not rhyme with girls.
48:34 Is Daddy Warbucks an arms dealer??
56:05 I’m just jealous, but if your first experience of the movies is buying out a private showing at Radio City Music Hall… it’s only downhill from there.
1:06:17 “Makes you relax, like a big tax… rebate.” Haha.
1:19:19 What the hell is the point of a ventriloquist on the radio?
1:28:02 The earworm bit.
1:32:32 I love this trio.
1:50:49 Pretty poor security guard that just lets in a load of random scruffy kids on a dark evening.
1:54:50 Love that she tears up the cheque!
1:58:54 This does seem like a weird situation. What was Annie’s plan once she got to the top? And is he actively trying to kill her with all those witnesses and police around?
2:02:47 Why isn’t Hannigan also in prison?


I’ve been working through a variety of musicals recently and this one popped into my head and just wouldn’t go away. I was reluctant because although I loved this as a kid, when I was thinking back on it, it took on a sort of screechy and long-winded persona in my mind. I couldn’t have been more wrong, it’s so good. The songs are great, there’s a real earnestness about it that isn’t cheesy or eye-rolling. And it’s a happy ending. I still wonder whether Grace just planned the whole thing to get Warbucks to notice her but never mind, it worked.

Rating: 4 / 5

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