Annie Matilda Fly Away Home

  |  Buy to Own: 11/10/2004
  |  319 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Triple bill of children's films. John Huston directed 'Annie' (1981), the screen version of the Broadway musical based on the long-running comic strip 'Little Orphan Annie'. Annie (Aileen Quinn) lives a miserable life in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett). A chance of escape and happiness comes Annie's way when she meets billionaire 'Daddy' Warbucks (Albert Finney) - but Hannigan and her colleagues soon conspire to get Annie back. In 'Matilda' (1996), based on the book by Roald Dahl, Matilda (Mara Wilson) is an exceptionally gifted and intelligent child, but is ignored by her stupid parents Harry (Danny DeVito) and Zinnia (Rhea Perlman). A keen reader, her dearest wish is to be sent to school, but the establishment Harry selects is Crunchemhall, run by the brutal Miss Trunchball (Pam Ferris). Her cruelty to her pupils causes Matilda to vow revenge, and her newly discovered telekinetic powers give her the chance to do so. In 'Fly Away Home' (1996), 13-year-old Amy (Anna Paquin) and her father Thomas (Jeff Daniels) are reunited after spending nine years apart. But things don't go smoothly at first, and while Thomas spends all his time testing a lightweight aircraft he has built, Amy finds solace with the geese nesting in a nearby lake. When developers then threaten to displace the geese, Amy volunteers to lead them on their migration by flying in Thomas's aircraft.