Annie (1982): John Huston in Musical Debut

John Huston may have been an unlikely candidate to direct this big-screen adaptation of the Brodway hit musical, about millionaire Daddy Warbucks (Albert Finney), who suddenly decides to adopt the young and perky orphan Annie (Aileen Quinn).

Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters play vividly the con artists croonies of Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett), the head of the orphanage, but Ann Reinking is miscast as the romantic interest and there’s no chemistry between her and Finny.

There are some good, melodic songs by Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse.

The negative critical response did not prevent this movie musical to become a box-office hit.

Oscar Nominations: 2

Art Direction-Set Decoration: Dale Henesy

Original Score: Ralph Burns

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