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Conceived in the mind of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery over a century ago, Anne of Green Gables continues to capture the hearts and minds of people around the world. The first of the films, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ was originally developed as a TV mini-series, broadcast on CBC, PBS, The Disney Channel and ZDF in 1985.

In 1987, Producer and Director Kevin Sullivan reunited much of the original case and created ‘Anne of Avonlea’, loosely based on Montgomery’s sequel novels: Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars.

The third movie, ‘Anne of Green Gables: the Continuing Story’ was created in 1998. This completely original story, penned by Sullivan, was aimed at bringing Anne into a time frame and story line that had been developed over the 93 episodes of the Green Gables spin off series, ‘Road to Avonlea’.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Montgomery’s original novel, the final film ‘Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning’, was created by Sullivan as both a prequel and sequel to the original series. It was released in 2009.
   
Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

1985 | 195 Minutes | G rating

When orphan Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to the Cuthbert’s Farm on Prince Edward Island, she is a precocious, romantic child, desperate to be loved, and highly sensitive about her red hair and homely looks. Anne moves from one mishap to another as her wild imagination and far-fetched antics combine to constantly yield her trouble and sometimes disdain.
Filmed amidst the spectacular scenery of Prince Edward Island, Canada, this Emmy and Peabody Award-winning production follows the enchanting life of Anne Shirley, from her struggles as an adolescent to her triumphs as a young woman. The film is a delicate epic full of wit, style, and emotional power.
Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Avonlea

1987 | 232 Minutes | G Rating

In this enchanting sequel to the Emmy Award-winning ‘Anne of Green Gables’, Anne Shirley makes the transition from a romantic, impetuous orphan to an outspoken, adventurous and accomplished young teacher. Following the wedding of her best friend, Diana Barry and a proposal from school mate Gilbert Blythe, Anne rejects her childhood rival and decides to leave Avonlea to accept a teaching post at Kingsport Ladies College. In order to succeed, Anne must win over the icy headmistress Katherine Brooke and endure the insidious snobbery of the town’s aristocracy. Anne finds a kindred spirit in Emmeline Harris who is being raised by her cranky grandmother Margaret Harris.
Emmeline wants nothing more than to be loved by her absent father, Morgan Harris. Anne pushes her way into the Harris family and ultimately changes their lives. After a chance encounter with Gilbert, however, Anne begins to re-evaluate what is important to her. A surprise proposal from Morgan Harris makes Anne realize how much she misses home. Upon her return to Avonlea, she learns Gilbert is gravely ill and comes to the realization of how important he is to her. A stirring and charming follow-up, to the epic tale of the beguiling red-head.
Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story

2000 | 185 Minutes | G Rating

Now in her twenties, Anne returns to Avonlea for the first time since Marilla Cuthbert’s death. Best friend Gilbert has been offered a residency in a New York hospital. Gilbert persuades Anne to come with him and arranges a position for her at a large publishing house. However, big city life isn’t what either expected; especially when Anne’s spec manuscript is stolen by a dashing American writer, Jack Garrison. After many unsuccessful months, Anne and Gilbert move back to Canada and Avonlea, which is consumed by the Great War in Europe.
Gilbert feels pressure to join the army as a medical officer. When he goes missing in action the indomitable Anne sets off to the battlefields of France in search of her husband. She helps a young French woman and her infant son who are in the line of danger along the way. Jack Garrison surfaces as the French woman’s partner. When she is killed Anne gets the child to safety only to become embroiled in the shadowy underground of Jack’s war efforts.  
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

2008 | 144 Minutes | PG Rating

It is 1945 and Anne Shirley, now a successful, middle-aged writer, has returned to Prince Edward Island for an extended visit. On a whim, she agrees to write a play for a theater producer hosting a summer stock troupe. The play, she reasons, will keep her busy and preoccupy her as her son is missing in action over seas. However a long-hidden secret in the form of a letter from her errant father (discovered under the floorboards at Green Gables) provides a distraction of its own. As Anne struggles to complete the play, she delves into long-buried memories about her parents.
She relives the troubled years before she arrived as an orphan at the Green Gables farmhouse and is forced to confront the fact that she made up stories about her early life; after her mother died and her father abandoned her. During that time, Young Anne, is taken under the wing of her mother’s best friend Louisa Thomas and her wealthy mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, Amelia. This arrangement changes her life forever. Over the course of finishing her autobiographical play, Anne exposes the astonishing truth about her father, the origins of her quest for “kindred spirits” and the roots of her brilliant, magical imagination.