- Awesome Music: All of the songs are there, but it's "Easy Street" which steals the entire show.
- Character Rerailment: The film keeps Daddy Warbucks' uncharacteristic friendship with FDR intact, but mitigates some of the damage by returning Warbucks to his staunch Republican mindset and having the two constantly toss barbs at each others' party affiliations, as well as debate the New Deal.
- Ear Worm: Most especially "Tomorrow", which has since been a staple of many a child since the early 80s.
- Evil Is Sexy: Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters as Rooster and Lily St Regis. Of course it's almost inevitable when you cast these two as your villains.
- First Installment Wins: This is actually the first of three adaptations of the Broadway, but is the most well-known and beloved of the three.
- Harsher in Hindsight: One would think about how Carol Burnett didn't mind playing the role of an alcoholic matron despite herself being raised by alcoholic parents.
- Jerkass Woobie: Pepper may be a bully (especially towards Molly), but one has to take into consideration that she's probably a broken soul, who has spent years of abuse at the orphanage, and has now lost all hope of finding a family who will love her.
- Memetic Mutation: "It's A Hard Knock Life".
- Moral Event Horizon: Rooster tells Annie that he's going to kill her after she escapes their clutches and tears up Warbucks's check. This triggers a HeelFace Turn in Miss Hannigan, who was under the impression that he was really going to kill her (potentially Lily too, who is also horrified, though she'll still have to serve jail time).
- Signature Scene:
- The failed assassination attempt is no doubt the most famous scene in the film.
- "Easy Street" thanks to YouTube has surpassed it.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: A good example. It's notoriously corny, but it's still a classic for many people because of it.
- The Woobie: All of the orphans, but especially Molly- being the youngest is the one little girl that one just wants to reach out to and comfort the most.
YMMV / Annie (1982)