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Annie's Coming Out

  • Film

Time Out says

Jessie, assistant at a state institution for retarded children, comes to believe that 14-year-old Annie, despite cerebral palsy, has intelligence she is powerless to convey. Her belief leads to conflict with medical staff and eventually a court hearing, during which Annie is finally able to demonstrate her intellect and self-awareness. That is also the substance of the book by Anne MacDonald: her 'Jessie', Rosemary Crossley, discovered Annie's locked-away self in 1977, twelve years after Annie's consignment to care. But the film labours under a weight of presumably lawyer-vetted two-dimensional characters like Complacent Doctor, Kindly Judge and Nurse Dragon. Such conformism, and the related straining towards a neat story structure, mean that very little would have to change to rework this as a Sally Field or Julia Roberts vehicle for a mass market.
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Release Details

  • Duration:93 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Gil Brealey
  • Screenwriter:John Patterson, Chris Borthwick
  • Cast:
    • Angela Punch McGregor
    • Drew Forsythe
    • Tina Arhondis
    • Liddy Clark
    • Mark Butler
    • Monica Maughan
    • Philippa Baker
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