If you haven't heard of Anne of Green Gables, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to her this evening.
Anne is a fiery, intelligent, and dramatic redhead with a knack for getting into mischief. Orphaned as a child, Anne is delighted when she finds out that a couple is interested in adopting her and that she will finally have a home. But her dreams are shattered when Matt and Marilla Cuthbert explain that they want a boy instead. Of course, Anne works her way into their hearts and what results is a beautiful coming-of-age story that is heartwarming and entertaining.
Anne's character was originally created by L.M. Montgomery, an author who wrote 8 books about Anne's life. Canadian Film Director Kevin Sullivan produced a film based on the first book - Anne of Green Gables - in 1985. His rendition of the second book - Anne of Avonlea - came out in 1987. Finally, in 2000, he released a movie called Anne: The Continuing Story, which ironically is not based on the novels (a bad move, in my opinion, since most viewers of the movie are also big fans of the books).
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea (sometimes referred to as Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel) are both among my very favorite movies. The cast is second to none, the costumes and scenery are enchanting, the script is smart and amusing, and the characters are developed so exquisitely that the viewer feels very attached by the end of the story. I also have a particular fondness for both movies because they are refreshingly wholesome and devoid of the "ugliness" of crass humor, one-night stands, and violence. This is truly a movie for the whole family.
You would probably find this movie in the "family" section at your local video rental store, but it could also be neatly tucked into "drama," "comedy," and "romance" because it combines all of those elements. The love story between Gilbert Blythe ("Gil") and Anne Shirley ("Carrots") is one of the sweetest that I've come across on the silver screen.
If you're looking for a memorable and magnificent movie to add to your home collection, look no further than Anne of Green Gables.
If you're a die-hard Anne fan (or should I say a "kindred spirit"?), you'll be excited to hear about the Anne of Green Gables 20th Anniversary Five-Disc Collector's Edition ($69.99), which includes all 3 Anne movies (I know...you don't really care for the third movie...), missing scenes, lost footage, and over 75 minutes of 2 new documentaries.
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*UPDATE* The winners are #85 Nicole Bloodgood, #3 Kari, and #167 MaryAnn. Congratulations!