Since every single one of us had already learned “Tomorrow” by heart in elementary school, and since Annie had already spent 5 years as a super-hit on Broadway, it only made sense that a movie would follow. And that’s just what we got in May 1982.
Starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, and Ann Reinking as the good guys, and Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, and Carol Burnett as the bad guys, the film version of Annie was an all-star bit-o’-fun all on its own. Sure, purists may have flinched at the ‘liberties’ the producers took in adapting the musical from the stage (gone were songs like “We’d like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover”, “Something Was Missing” and “N.Y.C”, and added were things like Punjab and that hairy climax on the drawbridge), but all the charm, heart, and humor were still there.
And, of course, we’ll always have “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life”, and Sandy, and that cute little red dress.
Plus, Annie also went on to become the source of a pretty nice bit of mind-boggling 80s trivia. Check out :15-:19 of this clip and tell us if you recognize those two girls, each of whom went on to make quite name for themselves in our favorite decade.
(We’ll give you the answer tomorrow… Get it? “Tomorrow”? Ha!)
We ♥ Annie.