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Movie InfoIn this Disney film, orphan Pollyanna is sent to live with her wealthy Aunt Polly. A humorless sort, Aunt Polly is taken aback by Pollyanna's insistence upon seeing the happy side of everything. With her best friend and fellow orphan Jimmy Bean, Pollyanna spreads her sunshine all over town.
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Critic Reviews for Pollyanna
Pollyanna emerges on the wide screen as the best live-actor movie Disney has ever made: a Niagara of drivel and a masterpiece of smarm.
Hayley Mills' work more than compensates for the film's lack of tautness and, at certain points, what seems to be an uncertain sense of direction.
Heartwarming period coming-of-age tale with typical Disney gloss
One of Disney's best 1960's films...and one of Hayley's best.
Audience Reviews for Pollyanna
Sickeningly sweet and a tad overlong, Pollyanna is a different kind of Disney live action movie. Whereas Old Yeller dealt with "adult themes" of death and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is an action film, Pollyanna wants the audience to believe there are idealic communities where one person can change everyone's attitude at the same time. Hayley Mills is relentlessly upbeat-until the finale, and the dour attitude goes away in the blink of an eye. The characters change because the script demands it, not because its organic over time. Each of the crusty townspeople gets a moment to show why they're deplorable on their ultimate way to redemption-I can almost see chapters in a book devoted to their stories before the overall story moves on. Even though Pollyanna is likely to give you a toothache from all the sugary sweetness, Mills and the cast eventually win you over. It's very hard to hate a little girl who is always smiling and trying to bring light into other people's lives.More
- Mrs. Snow:
- And that doctor, all he gives you is pills. Just pills and bills, just pills and bills, that's all!
- Of all the stupid little juvenile tricks! You mean to tell me you brought me all the way up here to see a crummy old... a crummy old tree?
- Well, I suppose I could be glad because...
- Nancy Furman:
- Yes, go ahead, darling.
- No! It was a silly game! I hate it! I'll never want to play it again! Leave me alone!
- Mrs. Amelia Tarbell:
- [Ben opens the car door] I am not going to budge.
- Ben Tarbell:
- [looks over his shoulder] I have had just about enough of your nonsense! You're going to join in with the others and make this into a town, not a dynasty. Get down out of that car, Amelia, I'm warning you! Move! [She gets out of the car]
- Mr. Murg:
- Why must you bedevil this poor dying woman with your childish silly little story?
- I just thought she could play the game! [to Mrs. Snow] You could be glad you don't need this horrid old coffin! You could help others, by making the patch-work quilt for the orphans if you wanted. You ought to forget about dying and be glad you're living!
- Mrs. Snow:
- What is everybody sniffing about? My goodness, a bunch of ninnies. Think a person couldn't get well.
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