Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1982 Family
movie starring Carol Burnett, Albert Finney, Ann Reinking
Contributed by: Mary Elizabeth Diab
I recall radio reports back in the day that Sheila E (yes, the same one that played with Prince) auditioned for the role of Annie, but was turned down when it came out that she was older than their cap (16).
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When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
The Opening Scene used in the film is actually a shorter version of the one originally shot. In the original, Annie, fully dressed in her plaid dress and apron, sits in the window and sings Maybe. At some point, Molly climbs up the pipe and joins her. Part of this scene exists in the finished movie, right after Little Girls when all the orphans sing 'Maybe'.
In the original Opening, Annie makes her first escape attempt. But she is caught when she sneaks past Miss Hannigan's window. This leads to 'Hard Knock Life'. The original scene would have made more use of Annie's history, like the story of her note and her locket.
There was another version of 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' sung by the orphans. The scene took place at night. Pepper wore one of Miss Hannigan's robes, and Molly wore a blue hat-not the red one in the final film.
There was another version of 'Easy Street' that started in the orphanage and became a full fledged dance out in the street. Numerous extras were used for the dance. It included the lyrics for the stage. "I remember the way our sainted mother..."
Photographs of the original scene leading up to Easy Street show Miss Hannigan to be the one that pulls the locket out of the envelope, not Rooster.
The Finale included Annie asking Daddy Warbucks to find a home for Molly and the other orphans.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
There was also a different version of "Let's Go To The Movies" that featured a dream sequence involving Grace and masked look-alikes dancing on the stage of Radio City. The original version of the Radio City scene also contained other surreal storylines that paid tribute to the big musical stage numbers of old Hollywood. The cinematographer died before the original Radio City scenes were finished and that lead to the filming of the scene used in the final version of ANNIE.