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Pollyanna [2 Discs] [DVD] [1960]

  • SKU: 4540241
  • Release Date: 05/07/2002
  • Rating: G
David Swift's family classic Pollyanna comes to DVD with this impressive two-disc set from Disney/Buena Vista. The disc offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.75:1. This is easily the best this film has ever looked on home video. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Swift and star Hayley Mills, the animated short Nifty Nineties, three featurettes, production archives, a 1960 Disney studio album, and Walt Disney's original introduction for the film's first television broadcast. This is a wonderful family disc that offers extras that will appeal to kids, adults, and film enthusiasts.
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 12)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentary with David Swift and Hayley Mills
    • Original theatrical animated short, "Nifty Nineties"
    • "Pollyanna: Making of a Masterpiece"
    • "Re-Creating Pollyanna's America"
    • "1912!"
    • Walt Disney TV introductions
    • Production archives
    • 1960 Disney studio album

    Synopsis


    Pollyanna
    Eleanor H. Porter's story of Pollyanna, "The Glad Girl," was first filmed in 1920 by Mary Pickford. While entertaining, the Pickford version tended to reduce the supporting characters to stereotypes. Disney's 1960 remake of Pollyanna wisely offers three-dimensional characterizations, enhancing the charm and believability of the story. In her first Disney film (indeed, her first American film), Hayley Mills stars as Pollyanna, an orphan girl sent to live with her wealthy aunt Polly (Jane Wyman). 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 (Kevin "Moochie" Corcoran), Pollyanna spreads her sunshine all over town, transforming such local curmudgeons as hypochondriac Mrs. Snow (Agnes Moorehead), hellfire-and-brimstone Reverend Ford (Karl Malden), and reclusive Mr. Pendergast (Adolphe Menjou) into positive, life-affirming sorts. This she does not by being simpering or syrupy, but by applying common sense and refusing to indulge anyone's self-pity. Only Aunt Polly refuses to warm up. As the owner of the town orphanage, Aunt Polly will not hear of having a new, more modern facility built, and when handsome Dr. Chilton (Richard Egan) stages a charity bazaar in defiance of Aunt Polly, Pollyanna is forbidden to attend. She escapes to the bazaar by climbing down the tree next to her upstairs window; but when trying to return home, Pollyanna falls and injures her legs. Facing possible permanent paralysis, the "Glad Girl" is for the first time disconsolate and pessimistic. Her spirits are uplifted by the townsfolk whom she's helped, and finally by Aunt Polly, who's realized the folly of her stubbornness. Ebulliently optimistic once more, Pollyanna leaves town for an operation, as the townsfolk cheer her up and cheer her on. Possibly because it was perceived as having only little-girl appeal (a false perception indeed), Pollyanna was not the big hit that it should have been in 1960. Its latter-day reputation as one of Disney's finest features rests primarily on its many successful television showings. The film was remade for television with an all-black cast as Polly in 1989. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jane Wyman
      Jane Wyman - Aunt Polly Harrington
    • Hayley Mills
      Hayley Mills - Pollyanna
    • Richard Egan
      Richard Egan - Dr. Edmund Chilton
    • Karl Malden
      Karl Malden - Reverend Paul Ford
    • Nancy Olson
      Nancy Olson - Nancy Furman



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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderfully Classic Disney Movie

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      Shmo
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      Pollyanna sets expectations for for all future family friendly movies to be released thereafter. While still under the hand of Walt Disney, the film company was able to create one of the best live-action movies that the Walt Disney Company has ever released.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Old fashion Disney for the sentimentalists

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      Jeff
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      If you are of an age that you can remember when Disney made nostalgic family movies, you have found the pot of gold. One of Disney's best from the '60s. Sweet, fun kids fair. A little old fashion, but a nice movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A wonderful movie for a young girl!

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      Nana
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      It was a gift, so I do not know her thoughts, but I have loved that movie since I was a young girl and own it myself. Am so glad that through you I am still able to purchase it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful Family Movie

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      ProudAZMommy

      A little girl who finds a reason for being glad in any situation. Also makes a minister realize a church belongs to no mortal man. Has a lot of good values and lessons. A perfect movie for everyone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Classic Movie!

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      TobiesMom
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      Disney always does an excellant job, especially with the classics. Hayley Mills is a really good actress and does a good job. Great movie to inspire us to be more positive!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      MUST SEE

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      CC89
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      AMAZING SHOW!! SUCH A GREAT MOVIE FOR KIDS, ADULTS, AND FAMILY. SUCH A TOUCHING MOVIE, THAT HAS A GREAT STORY LINE. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS, DO IT.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Pollyanna

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      Sandy
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      Granddaughter played Pollyanna in a play and we enjoyed watching this together

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fun movie

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      Obie
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      I got it as a gift for someone, but I’ve always like this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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