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John Huston, 1982
USA | Format: DCP | 127 minutes
When Huston agreed to bring the incredibly successful Broadway adaptation of Harold Gray’s comic Little Orphan Annie to the screen, the result was one of his most expensive films, one of his only musicals, and the biggest hit of his late career. Vincent Canby called Annie “a nearly perfect music-hall picture.” Indeed, few of Huston’s films make better showcases for his underrated gifts as a sculptor of old-fashioned entertainments. Aileen Quinn’s sassy turn as Annie is now iconic, but the movie arguably belongs to Albert Finney as the high-spirited orphan’s grumbling, cynical billionaire benefactor, Daddy Warbucks: “I love money! I love capitalism! I don’t love children!”