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  • Actors: Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills, Richard Egan, Karl Malden, Nancy Olson
  • Directors: David Swift
  • Writers: David Swift, Eleanor H. Porter
  • Producers: George Golitzen, Walt Disney
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2004
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MIQLC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disney family drama based on the classic children's novel by Eleanor H. Porter. Hayley Mills stars as Pollyanna Whittier, the cheerful orphan girl sent to live with her wealthy but embittered Aunt Polly (Jane Wyman). Pollyanna quickly makes friends with Jimmy Bean (Kevin Corcoran), a fellow orphan, and together they spread their common sense and sunny optimism all over town, bringing out the best in various gloomy locals including lonely Mr Pendergast (Adolphe Menjou), hypochondriacal Mrs Snow (Agnes Moorehead) and hellfire-and-brimstone Reverend Ford (Karl Malden). Unfortunately, however, it takes more than a sunny disposition to warm up the terminally humourless Aunt Polly.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I'll admit it...I like the movie. A lot. The story line -- the little orphan who unselfconsciously endears herself to others through her optimism and uncomplicated view of things -- could, in less expert hands, make a pig gag. Instead, and thanks in large part to Hayley Mills' performance, we have a sweet-natured family film which any number of adults may enjoy, especially if they watch it with their children. What I like about the movie:

1. Hayley Mills. She was a child actor who had talent and an un-pushy, natural personality. She wasn't a little tricked-up beauty queen who looked like a cheap doll. She just seemed like a nice, shrewder-than-you'd-expect kid. I doubt if the movie would have worked anywhere near as well as it does without Mills. For a look at just how versatile and good she was as a child, look at the movies Tiger Bay made the year before Pollyanna and Whistle Down the Wind made the year after. These are complex, serious stories about children and adults. Mills does much to make them as good as they are.

2. The by-play between Mills and Kevin Corcoran as Jimmy Bean. The two work well together without being icky. Corcoran was just about as unself-conscious a young actor as was Mills. The scene the two of them share with Adolphe Menjou when they first meet this mysterious old crank and then are taken into his home is fine ensemble acting before ensemble acting had a name.

3. Adolphe Menjou. As the ironic, smart curmudgeon who finds he has a heart after all, Menjou gives an expert performance. Watch him as the manipulating lawyer in Roxie Hart; he's uproarious. Or the political general in Paths of Glory; he's reprehensible. He brings a lot of welcome skeptical relief to the movie.

4. Jane Wyman. She had a tough role.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joe on 13 Feb. 2005
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Hayley Mills can't fail to capture your heart. Fine performances from a range of endearing characters: grumpy old so & so's go through a process of enlightenment and transformation as a result of the charms of a 'new kid on the block'. Pollyanna brings a simple message of joy to an adult population that seem to have forgotten, or grown out of, life's basic pleasures. Perhaps a little 'squeeky clean' & slow in places, but smiles and tears almost guaranteed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Miguel M. Santos VINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2004
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Pollyanna was one of the films I remembered having seen when I was a child and having enjoyed it very much, with bits of it sticking in my memory until now. It didn't disappoint me seeing it again after so long - Hayley Mills gives a wonderful performance as the optimistic little girl that changes a whole village in turn of the century America. The rest of the cast includes a very impressive line of Hollywood veterans, all in top-form. It is a tribute to Walt Disney's talent that the film still holds so well.
The DVD looks amazing: this is surely the same restored copy as the 2-disc american release: one of the discs disappear while crossing the Atlantic, as well as some extras, but it includes a nice making of which is not mentioned anywhere in the packaging.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Close Range. on 17 Dec. 2009
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This film will certainly not appeal to everyone,but offers a slice of uncynical,warm and cosy emotions. Pollyanna (Hayley Mills) moves into the home of her rich but distant and unloving aunt (Jane Wyman),and slowly Pollyanna's cheerful and positive attitude to life starts to rub off on her aunt,and on the whole town. Agnes Moorehead puts in a memorable performance as a bitter old woman who feels she has nothing left to live for. Watch how Pollyanna works her magic here! A delightful film which might just be enjoyed by the whole family. If you let Pollyanna into your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. O'LEARY on 15 Jan. 2010
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Optimism in the face of adversity on the part of one girl brings normality to a stuffy town in early 20th century U.S. Hayley Mills as Pollyanna (special award) manages to avoid the sickly goody-goody approach that could easily have spoilt everything.

Based on a novel written a century ago, with different way of life, it still can help to foster optimism in adversity.

This sounds too heavy - I just think it's a fun film.Pollyanna [DVD] [1960]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kulik on 10 May 2011
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This DVD is such a worthwhile purchase as it is suitable for family viewing and portrays life in America a century or so ago.
The story, although fictional, is very realistic and the acting is excellent. It is so beautiful and is my favourite film.
I would highly recommend this DVD as excellent value in every way. What a blessing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niamh on 2 Oct. 2012
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I think Hayley is the best actress to play Pollyanna at any time. I think Georgina has her own qualities as well but I think the doctor in the second one has a bedside manner & in this one he doesn't.

Hayley has a good way of expressing Pollyanna's hurt & anger. She does something that I used to do to my mom a lot when she would insult me. Whenever I watch this movie (and Ive watched it a LOT)it feels like Im only seeing it for the first time.

I think Jane is spiteful by nature (wheather she plays Aunt Polly or not) & is only suitable in movies that are about bad people. Yes Amanda wasnt nice at the start of the 2004 movie but she repented her mistakes when her niece got sick, just like my mum did when we came to Singapore
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