In 1985, PBS brought one of my favorite stories to life. The cast was chosen beautifully to portray the amazing characters... Megan Follows as Anne Shirley, Colleen Dewhurst as Marilla Cuthbert, Richard Farnsworth as Matthew Cuthbert and Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe.
Here's the synopsis....
At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. As Anne falls into a series of scrapes (and off a roof), makes a bosom friend in Diana, searches (and finds) several kindred spirits, completely ignores Gilbert Blythe who is hopelessly in love with her, Matthew and Marilla discover that their lives have become a great deal richer, now that Anne is at Green Gables.
As the years pass, Anne becomes a schoolteacher. She acts as Diana's maid of honor, and refuses Gilbert Blythe's marriage proposal; which sends her to teach at Kingsport Ladies' College, an exclusive girls school, where she meets much opposition. But while Anne enjoys the battle, and the friends she makes, she eventually returns to Green Gables.
It's great family entertainment and such a heart-warming story! I just purchased the DVD's of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables, The Sequel. If you haven't seen these movies yet, I highly recommend it!