Perhaps of interest to any Christian or theologically-minded Annie fans in the forum:
The hosts and guests discuss the 1982 film (and briefly the 2014 film) vs. the Broadway musical, with particular attention to issues of economics, race and gender. Pretty interesting stuff.
You raise some good points about the 82 movie that had not occurred to me. It is probably my favorite version of the show, since it was the first one I saw and I was heavily influenced by Finney's performance when preparing to play Warbucks in my high school's production of it. (How I wished that Warbucks got to sing his reprise of "Maybe" on stage as he does in the film -- heartbreaking stuff!)
And I like how the movie gives Act 2 a real action-adventure element - very much in keeping with Gray's original comic strip. And, yes, Punjab and the Asp are stereotypes, but, for 1982, it was a well-intentioned nod to the source material and at least an attempt at more diversity.
But I guess the movie does downplay Annie's quest for her parents, especially in losing the Hooverville sequence. (Doesn't Sophie mention she had a daughter about Annie's age?)
Now you've got me wanting to back and watch it right now! Sorry I didn't see your reply for months after the fact... been away from the forum a while!