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Film: Annie 1982
In 1982, John Huston directed a film version of Annie, which made a goodly number of changes to the play: comic strip characters Punjab and Asp are supporting players, Sandy gets more screentime, songs are added and dropped, and the climax is peril-filled. Annie was played by Aileen Quinn, heading up an All-Star Cast of adult players.

This film has examples of:

  • Anachronism Stew: That helicopter is quite advanced for 1933. Considering Warbucks calls it an "auto-copter" and describes it as though it's a new invention, it's possibly meant to be some kind of Diesel Punk device. Perhaps his car phone (!) is a similar deal. One wonder what World War II will look like in the Annie Verse.
  • Berserk Button: After Annie tears up the check, Rooster loses it and chases her with the intention of killing her.
  • Blatant Lies: When Miss Hannigan tries to come up with a reason that Grace shouldn't want to take Annie all she can come up with is "She's a drunk."
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Warbucks says "Leapin' lizards!" when he finds out Annie's "parents" are con-artists.
  • British Stuffiness: Warbucks is initally stuffy in every version, but only in this version is he played by a British actor. The film attempts to explain it by saying that he was born in Liverpool, though his accent is no more Liverpudlian than it is American.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the stage version, Annie's parents had merely "passed away" years ago; the film includes a revelation that they were killed in a fire. (This lets Rooster and Lily's deception be more convincing, because Miss Hannigan is able to supply them with the other half of Annie's locket, which has been in the orphanage's keeping all along. It also means that once Annie finds out, she has no more reason not to stay with Warbucks.)
  • Dirty Communists: The Bolsheviks, who try to have Warbucks killed for being "living proof that the American system really works". Because if the richest man in the world were assassinated, everyone would forget about him in a week.
  • Driving a Desk: Back projection was still in vogue in 1982 and didn't look any more realistic than it did in the '30s.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Miss Hannigan's Mama Bear reaction when her brother declares his intent to kill Annie.
    "She may be a rotten little orphan, but I'm not gonna let you kill her!
  • Happy Dance: "We Got Annie". Grace has already seen how mean Miss Hannigan is, so after she sends Warbucks off to seal the adoption deal, knowing that it's a lock, she and the staff celebrate.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Miss Hannigan, but only in this version. To the confusion of many a kid viewer, she's rewarded when the romantic loose ends are tied up. In the stage musical and in the 1999 film, she remains evil and is sent to jail along with Rooster and Lily.
  • I'll Kill You!:
    Annie (as she tears up the check): Mr. Warbucks will eat your livers!
    Rooster: I'll kill you! I'll kill you, you little brat, I'll kill you!
    • From earlier in the movie:
    Miss Hannigan: ...and this room had better be regulation before lunch, my little pig droppings, or KILL, KILL, KILL!
  • Implied Death Threat: Downplayed.
    Annie: Cut it out! I mean it! Do you want Miss Hannigan to come in here?! Go back to bed! (turns to Pepper) Now! Or you'll have me to deal with!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pepper, she's mean to Molly and threatens her on a few occasions, but when all the orphans are locked in a closet by Miss Hannigan, she's the one who helps them find a way out.
  • Judo Chop: Punjab inflicts it twice on a PA at Bert Healy's radio show when he tries to shush Annie, and then (having learned nothing) Warbucks himself.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: The baddies do this to the orphans who find out about their plot; they manage to escape via a window at the top of the storeroom.
  • Malaproper:
    Lily: I don't stoop to what you're incinerating.
  • Movie Bonus Song: Four of them: "Dumb Dog", "Let's Go to the Movies", "Sign", and "We Got Annie". None of them are included in the 1999 version.
  • Product Placement: Parodied; when Daddy Warbucks goes on the radio, his message has had an advertisement put into it by the studio. He reads it without thinking about it, catches on, and snaps.
    "DID I JUST DO A COMMERCIAL?!?" Let's get out of here! I've never endorsed a product in all my career!
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: Daddy Warbucks does this on the radio.
  • Remake Cameo: Roseanne Sorrentino played Annie in the play's third national tour. She was too old to play Annie this time, so she ended up playing Pepper.
  • Show Within a Show: When Annie, Daddy Warbucks, and Grace go to the movies, we get to see a few minutes of the 1936 version of Camille (even though the film is supposedly set in 1933).
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: "All right, who's next?"
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: "Let's Go to the Movies" (which replaces "N.Y.C." from the musical).
  • Would Hit a Girl: One of the boys whom Annie saves Sandy from attempts to punch her, but misses.
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