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Anne of Green Gables (1986)

A movie directed by Kevin Sullivan

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  • Aug 14, 2001
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Anne of Green Gables tells a series of events in the life of Anne, an orphan that is sent away from her adoption family after being blamed for the death of an old coot. No matter what she tries to accomplish, it seems she can't do it without a foul up. This movie is around the three hour range in length, but once you've seen it you will understand that time flies when your having fun! After she is dumped at the orphanage, the head mistress hears about an elderly couple that lives on Prince Edward Island in a town called Avonlea. They want to adopt a child and she thinks that Anne would be perfect for them. Anne keeps herself company until she leaves by talking to her reflection, her "Window Friend" Katie. After she arrives on P.E.I. she melts the heart of a man named Matthew (Richard Farnsworth), who is to be her new parent. After she jabberboxes on their journey through fields, around the Lake of Shining Waters, and the trail of endless lace (Names that she gives the stretches of landscape they pass) they soon arrive at Green Gables. Once inside, the reluctant Matthew reveals the red headed child to Marrila, his sister. She quickly becomes enraged, "What is that!" Then Matthew says, "It's a girl." She says "I can see that...where is the boy?" He shrugs, "Was no boy, just her." That is the setup for the film, and one of the biggest challenges for Anne to overcome: winning Marrila's heart. Also one of the funniest things happens when she tries to dye her hair "A Beautiful, Raven, Black" and it ends up green. Anne of Green Gables is the first of a trilogy, and is an adventure to experience; As I have probably a hundred times! ~S.A.O.S~

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This gorgeous adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classicchildren's storyis well worth watching with the whole family. Produced for Canadian television, it's one of those rare productions that actually sticks to the book and even enhances it through first-rate performances and an excellent script. Set on bucolic Prince Edward Island in the late 19th century,Anne of Green Gablesis the story of Anne Shirley, an imaginative and headstrong orphan. When brother and sister Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan boy to help Matthew work the farm, they are astonished when Anne arrives at the train station by mistake. "What use is she to us?" grumbles the gruff Marilla. "We might be of some use to her," answers Matthew, who has taken an instant liking to the talkative Anne. As Anne grows up, her adventures are both hilarious and moving. It's a delight to watch as she forms a friendship with the beautiful Diana and her admirer--the dashing Gilbert Blythe--then dyes her hair green, cracks a slate over Gilbert's head when he calls her "Carrots," and finds a sympathetic teacher who encourages her to attend college.

Richard Farnsworth is perfect as the shy and gentle bachelor Matthew, who confides to Anne that he never went courting because "I would have had to say something." Colleen Dewhurst delivers a nuanced and powerful performance as Marilla, a seemingly cold-hearted spinster whose no-nonsense exterior conceals a warm heart. And as Anne, Megan Follows strikes the ...

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Director: Kevin Sullivan
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2001
Runtime: 199 minutes
Studio: Import
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