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Anne of Green Gables
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Anne of Green Gables Classic


5 of 5 stars Some dreams do come true... January 30, 2002 

Review for: Anne of Green Gables

Anne Shirley is a freckle-faced red headed child lost in the beauty of the day. She escapes the reality of her situation as an orphan in the 1890s by imagining she is a character in a novel or poem. She finds what she imagines about herself to be a lot more interesting than who she really is.

Throughout her life she has always looked for a kindred spirit and has wished she could live on Prince Edward Island where the scenery is tranquil and inspiring.

Spinster Marilla (Colleen Dewhurst) and her brother Matthew Cuthbert (Richard Farnsworth) are looking to adopt a boy to help on the farm and as fate would have it, Anne arrives on the train instead. Anne gains not only a family, she finds Diana and they become best friends.

When Anne gives Diana currant wine instead of raspberry cordial, quite by accident, she gets into a heap of trouble and Diana and Anne are banned from seeing one another. Anne then realizes that true friends are always together in spirit.

Anne is simply impetuous and at times you cannot help laughing even when what she is saying is quite serious. The first half of the movie is almost a comedy of sorts, while the last half is more serious in many ways.

In the second movie, Anne's new teacher inspires her and teaches her to not only take her studies very seriously, but that she can also learn from her mistakes.


Anne of Green Gables starring Megan Follows


"Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth, Anne. You see, it frightens them. So they put up walls to protect themselves from it. What we must bear in mind is that all these trials and tribulations that pop up in our lives, well, they serve a very useful purpose. They build character as long as we can hold onto the lessons we've learned from our mistakes. Remember, you can always start everything afresh tomorrow."

Anne pays more attention to her studies than boys and Gilbert Blythe does not exactly make a great first impression. Throughout the movie, Gilbert seeks only to talk to Anne and she doesn't realize that his attempts at teasing her are only the way he knows
to get her attention. Gilbert and Anne both excel in their studies and seem destined to be competitors and not friends. Their relationship throughout the movie is very interesting, yet not quite a romance. Anne keeps running from how she really feels and Gilbert is rather patient with her.

A movie that will capture your heart!
Perfect for the entire family.




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