Anne of Green Gables (Movie)

Kevin Sullivan
Kevin Sullivan
Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth
Kevin Sullivan, Joe Wiesenfeld
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Buena Vista Home Video
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Short Review: 
Superb and faithful adaptation of the classic story of a spirited young orphan girl with a lively imagination – who with her great capacity to love changes the lives of everyone she meets.
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This is a superb adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s classic story of irrepressible, impetuous redhead Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl with a big imagination and an even bigger capacity to love. Set in the late 1800s in the Canadian Province of Prince Edward Island, the story hearkens back to a simpler time and the charm of small town life. Anne is mistakenly sent to live with brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who are expecting a boy from the orphanage to help out on their farm at Green Gables in Avonlea. Though stern Marilla agrees only to keep Anne “on trial” – quiet Matthew knows instinctively that talkative Anne is a kindred spirit and has come to stay. With her sparkle, vivid imagination and loving ways, Anne’s escapades quickly introduce a welcome measure of unpredictability into the lives of Matthew and Marilla, and everyone else in Avonlea. The superlative performances by the stellar cast make this film worth watching over and over again. Academy Award nominee Richard Farnsworth captures the right mix of Matthew’s shyness and big-heartedness; Colleen Dewhurst portrays Marilla with the complexity the character demands – her outward gruffness which not so successfully masks her inner need to connect; and Megan Follows makes the character of Anne her own. After watching Anne grow from a child in pigtails to a poised young girl on the verge of womanhood, you’ll be eager to find out what happens next. Luckily, there is a sequel available on video – the equally wonderful Anne of Avonlea featuring the same cast.

Lauren Mayer
Amazon lists date 1986, IMDB lists date 1985, box says c1987?? Two tape set.
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