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Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)

Anne, now a middle-aged woman, is troubled by recent events in her life. Her husband, Gilbert, has been killed overseas as a medical doctor during World War II. Her two daughters are ... See full summary »

Director:

Kevin Sullivan

Writers:

Lucy Maud Montgomery (characters), Kevin Sullivan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hershey ... Older Anne Shirley
Rachel Blanchard ... Louisa Thomas
Shirley MacLaine ... Amelia Thomas
Ron Lea ... Gene Armstrong
Bernard Behrens ... Gabriel Blake
Hannah Endicott-Douglas ... Young Anne Shirley
Natalie Radford Natalie Radford ... Bertha Shirley
Ben Carlson Ben Carlson ... Walter Shirley
Joan Gregson ... Hepzibah Leach
Kyra Harper ... Nellie Parkhurst
Mike Beaver ... Doctor Thomas
Vivien Endicott Douglas ... Violetta Thomas (as Vivien Endicott-Douglas)
Tyler Stevenson Tyler Stevenson ... Jock Thomas
Aiden Locke Aiden Locke ... Keith Thomas
Rex Southgate Rex Southgate ... Reverend Jones
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Storyline

Anne, now a middle-aged woman, is troubled by recent events in her life. Her husband, Gilbert, has been killed overseas as a medical doctor during World War II. Her two daughters are pre-occupied with their own young families and her adopted son Dominic has yet to return from the war. When a long-hidden secret is discovered under the floorboards at Green Gables, Anne retreats into her memories to relive her troubled early years prior to arriving as an orphan at Green Gables and being adopted by the Cuthberts. Still haunted by her early childhood, the impact of this difficult period has a far-reaching effect on this older woman, once she discovers the truth about her real parents. She begins a delicate search for her birth father. It is a journey through a past fraught with danger, uncertainty, heartache and joy. In the parade of humanity Anne encounters she also faces the root of her desire to find true "kindred spirits", an inspired imagination and the impetus to use her talents as a... Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Ana de las Tejas Verdes: un nuevo comienzo See more »

Filming Locations:

Dundas, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Carlson who plays Walter Shirley is the real life son of actress Patricia Hamilton, who plays Rachel Lynde. See more »

Quotes

Anne Shirley: I wonder if trees sleep. And if they do, if they dream.
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Connections

Follows Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000) See more »

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This film is a travesty
5 December 2009 | by MobiusgrlSee all my reviews

I had heard this was being made and have just seen it for the first time. Kevin Sullivan should be mortified, but I doubt that he has the good taste to know it. The writing is dreadful, the rape of the original story and characters appalling, the abuse of an iconic Canadian story tragic. And on top of that, the quality of the film-making is and insult to the term 'amateur'. It's painful.

I have heard tales of the legendary hubris of Mr. Sullivan but this falls below even the lowest expectation. The directing is so bad he manages to make well known accomplished American actors unwatchable. The sentimental posturing of Barbara Hershey is laughable and Shirley MacLaine looks like she's checking for exits. I guess everyone needs to top up the retirement fund, even legends. Fair enough. But what do a couple of ageing American stars know about Canada or the history of a maritime island most Americans never heard of? What do they have to do with the heart or memory of this story? Their rhythm is wrong. Hollywood plunked itself down in PEI farmland to tell them who they were. Ridiculous. Offensive.

Kevin Sullivan, whatever glutinous ambitious distortions and abuses you have flung across the memory of this story, you could hardly have done worse than this piece of insulting exploitive drivel. I find it difficult to imagine anyone in Canada will ever watch anything you are attached to again. Shame on any Canadian agency for funding you. I commend the past cast members for eschewing this abortion of a script and certainly you as a 'director'.

Hard enough to get Canadian stories told...but this is criminal.


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