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An orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town.


Debbie Allen


William Blinn (teleplay), Eleanor H. Porter (novel)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Polly
Phylicia Rashad ... Aunt Polly
Dorian Harewood ... Dr. Shannon
Barbara Montgomery ... Mrs. Conley
T.K. Carter ... George
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Nancy
Brandon Quintin Adams ... Jimmy Bean (as Brandon Adams)
Ken Page
Larry Riley ... Rev. Gillis
Butterfly McQueen ... Miss Priss
Brock Peters ... Mr. Pendergast
Celeste Holm ... Miss Snow
George Anthony Bell ... Mr. Tarbell
Tom McGreevey Tom McGreevey ... Doctor
Michael Peters Michael Peters ... Mr. Thurm


An orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town.

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Release Date:

12 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pollyanna See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While many of the characters from the original "Pollyanna" story retain their names, Dr. Chilton becomes Dr. Shannon and the character is changed from a physician to a music teacher. See more »


Jimmy Bean: You sweet, young thang you...
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Version of Tale of Pollyanna, Girl of Love (1986) See more »


Sweet Little Angel Eyes
Written by Michael Silversher and Patty Silversher
Performed by Brandon Quintin Adams, T.K. Carter and Kamron Hack
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Loved this Movie as a Kid
22 July 2005 | by rasberri74See all my reviews

This movie was a great adaptation of the original movie Pollyanna. Unlike some other remakes of traditionally caucasian movies that were adapted to the black experience, this movie was believable and fun. It's always difficult to make a musical seem realistic to any facet of life, but I found this story to be touching and interesting. The sequel is also great and the story comes full circle. Phylicia Rashad and her TV daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam have great chemistry together, so they were a great choice for the two female leads. Kudos Debbie Allen for directing and choreographing such a fun family film. There were a lot of touching moments, but not too many that the movie becomes overly sappy and puerile. The music in the film is also quite good, many of these actors are talented musicians as well and they really got to showcase that fact. Whereas the original Pollyanna is outdated both socially and culturally, I felt that this film is still modern enough to be relevant, yet just historical enough to look back upon.

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