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Anne of Green Gables [1985] (1 disc)

Director:Kevin Sullivan
Writer:Joe Wiesenfeld
Kevin Sullivan
Composer:Hagood Hardy
Length:199 minutes
(3 hours 19 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
Sorting Tub:Foxtrot
IMDB Rating:8.4/10
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.

Reaction: A great film for the family to watch together. Sometimes (read, almost always) Anne gets a bit too poetic for her own good, but she remains lovable.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Kevin Sullivan => Director / Writer
Joe Wiesenfeld => Writer
Hagood Hardy => Composer
Lucy Maud Montgomery => Novel
Cedric Smith => Rev. Allan
Charmion King => Aunt Josephine
Christiane Krüger => Mrs. Allan
Colleen Dewhurst => Marilla Cuthbert
David Hughes => Thomas Lynde
Dawn Greenhalgh => Mrs. Cadbury
Jack Mather => Station Master
Jackie Burroughs => Mrs. Amelia Evans
Jayne Eastwood => Mrs. Hammond
Jennifer Inch => Ruby Gillis
Joachim Hansen => John Sadler
Jonathan Crombie => Gilbert Blythe
Mag Ruffman => Alice Lawson
Marilyn Lightstone => Miss Muriel Stacy
Megan Follows => Anne Shirley
Miranda de Pencier => Josie Pye
Morgan Chapman => Minnie May Barry
Nancy Beatty => Essie
Patricia Hamilton => Rachel Lynde
Paul Brown => Mr. Phillips
Ray Ireland => Mr. Hammond
Richard Farnsworth => Matthew Cuthbert
Robert Collins => Mr. Barry
Rosemary Radcliffe => Mrs. Elizabeth Barry
Roxolana Roslak => Madame Selitsky
Samantha Langevin => Mrs. Blewett
Sandra Scott => Mrs. Harrington
Schuyler Grant => Diana Barry
Sean McCann => Dr. O'Reilly
Trish Nettleton => Jane Andrews
Vivian Reis => Mrs. Spencer
Wendy Lyon => Prissy Andrews
Zack Ward => Moody Spurgeon

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • [?] Katharine Hepburn was originally approached to play Marilla Cuthbert. She declined, but suggested her relative (great-niece), Schuyler Grant for the role of Anne.
  • Colleen Dewhurst grew up on Prince Edward Island.
  • The orphanage director, Mrs. Cadbury, is actually Megan Follows mother, Dawn Greenhalgh.
  • The scene in the kitchen in which Anne tells Marilla she will apologize to Mrs. Lynde was shot with a body double for Richard Farnsworth as his schedule could not permit him to be there. All close-up shots were filmed later.
  • This movie was the subject of long-running legal disputes between producer Kevin Sullivan and the heirs of Anne author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Ultimately, Canadian courts agreed with the heirs that Sullivan had withheld from the heirs contractually promised profits from the first two films in the series (Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel), and the courts also found groundless Sullivan's $55-million defamation suit against the heirs.
  • Schuyler Grant auditioned for the role of Anne Shirley before she was eventually cast as Diana Barry.
  • A lot of the scenes, mainly long shots, were made before any of the characters were cast.
  • The scene where Mrs. Hammond brings Anne to the orphanage was done last.
  • Megan Follows beat out 3,000 girls for the role of Anne Shirley.
  • The scene where Anne and Marilla are walking back from Mrs. Lynde's after Anne's theatrical apology was the very first to be filmed.