Annie (1982)

Theatrical Release: June 18, 1982
DVD Release: January 13, 2004
Annie (1982)


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.

Dove Review

I was shocked when I got very close to the end of this film to hear two utterances of God’s name in vain. Up until then, this movie was flying along as family approved, at least for ages twelve and above. I later learned it had originally been rated G, but then was switched to PG. I can only guess that perhaps the producers wanted the PG rating so as to draw in older members in the audience, and not just the kids. At any rate, Aileen Quinn as Annie and Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks are great and the music is quite good, but due to the language, we cannot approve the film for family viewing. What a shame. I wish they would have edited those two words.

Content Description

Sex: Man kisses woman; a few sexual innuendos.
Language: GD-2: D-1; G-2
Violence: Kids kick teacher in foot; Annie hits some boys; a doll's head is pulled off; Annie is kidnapped and then chased as she escapes.
Drugs: Some drinking scenes and one character is drunk in a few scenes; smoking.
Nudity: A few scenes of women's thighs as dresses fly up while they dance; legs revealed as Rockettes dance; cleavage.
Other: A plot to kidnap Annie.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Thomas Meehan and Carol Sobieski and Harold Gray
Director: John Huston
Producer: Ray Stark
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 127 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter