Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (Part 1 and 2)

DVD Release: December 2, 2008
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (Part 1 and 2)


It is 1945 and Anne Shirley (Academy-award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Barbara Hershey) now a successful, middle-aged writer has returned to Prince Edward Island for an extended visit. On a whim, she agrees to write a play for a theatre producer. The play, she reasons, will keep her busy—at least busy enough to not go out of her mind with worry about her only son who has yet to return from the war overseas. But a long-hidden secret in the form of a letter from her errant father, discovered under the floorboards at Green Gables, provides a distraction of its own. As Anne struggles to complete the play, she dives into long-buried memories, reliving the troubled years before she arrived as an orphan at the Green Gables farmhouse. She is forced to confront the fact that she made up stories about her life; after her mother died and when her father deserted his young daughter. During that time, Young Anne (newcomer Hannah Endicott-Douglas), is taken into the care of a wealthy matriarch, Amelia Thomas (Academy-award winner Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter-in-law, Louisa (Rachel Blanchard), which changes her life forever.

Over the course of one remarkable summer, Anne Shirley discovers the astonishing truth about her father, the origins of her quest for “kindred spirits” and the roots of her brilliant, magical imagination.

Dove Review

A combination of the now grown Anne and the story of how she became the orphan that everyone fell in love with. The two are intertwined to to keep you wondering how it began and how it will end. Throughout her life Anne carries feelings for finding the “kindred spirit”, a fantastic imagination and her writing talent to inspire others. It is a story of sadness, jealousy, secrets and discoveries. It’s the tale of her heartbreaking past that leads her to Green Gables and to her grown life that makes her return to it once more.

This is a story of “Anne of Green Gables” that must be told from the beginning to the end. It’s a wonderful enlightening finish to the lovable drama. All who enjoy the original movie will be entertained by this one also. We award the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this production.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: G/OMG-3; D-2
Violence: Horse and wagon accident; couple argue; young girl made to stand on stool all night; girl's hair is cut and burned; man is chained to a post outside in snow; young girl being bullied by others; man hurt in mill accident; explosion of building; buildings on fire.
Drugs: Smoking; drinking; minor characters shown intoxicated.
Nudity: Young girl in shower but only shoulders are shown.
Other: Young girl sent to adult poor house; someone wrongfully accused of stealing; uprising of unions.


Company: Sullivan Entertainment
Writer: Kevin Sullivan; Based on writings of L. M. Montgomery;
Director: Kevin Sullivan
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 144 min.
Industry Rating: G
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe