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Anna to the Infinite Power


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  • Actors: Martha Byrne, Dinah Merrill, Mark Patton, Jack Gilford
  • Directors: Robert Wiemer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00347ZYT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anna to the Infinite Power" on IMDb

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A thought-provoking premise, a coolly intellectual script, haunting music, and a strong lead performance.....very well-written conflicts between nature/nurture, reason/passion, and past/future --Allmovie.com

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This acclaimed drama with a sci-fi twist follows the travails of a young girl desperately seeking to unravel the mystery of her own life. Strange things are happening to Anna Hart (Martha Byrne, Daytime Emmy winner, AS THE WORLD TURNS, GENERAL HOSPITAL), a precocious student at a school for gifted children. Anna has become a compulsive liar and thief, and has vivid nightmares about disasters yet to occur, as well as a fear of flickering lights. And stranger still, Anna's mother (Dina Merrill, BUTTERFIELD 8, DESK TOP) flatly refuses to get her daughter psychiatric help. But when Anna sees another girl with her own name and her own same face on TV, Anna sets out, with the aid of her older brother Rowan (Mark Patton), to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and solve the mystery of why there is another Anna. In doing so, Anna learns she's part of a monstrous experiment in genetic engineering, headed by a Dr. Jelliff (Jack Gilford, COCOON, Academy Award nominee SAVE THE TIGER) who will stop at nothing in his scientific madness. Based on an acclaimed children's novel by Mildred Ames, ANNA TO THE INFINITE POWER is a sci-fi drama that will keep viewers of all ages at the edge of their seats!

Customer Reviews

A good old-fashioned story all around.
gigi
I remembered watching this movie as a child and absolutely loving it.
TeraB
In the end you decide who the good guys are and who the bad are.
bernie

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Cook on October 22, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Is it just me, or is that lovely song "Anna's Reverie" (written by Paul Baillargeon) one of the most beautiful and sadly overlooked songs in film? I've never heard anyone comment on it and it is truly haunting. As for the film, it is full of terrific ideas and is not badly put together, but it is decidedly amateurish and marred by ugly production values that are quite dated. Overall, the film is a perfect candidate for a remake, having good ideas but needing a more polished production to pull them off. Byrne does a nice job in the title role, however, and the song makes it worth a look. . .
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2005
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11 year-old Anna Hart (Martha Byne) seems to have some problems dealing with people, she also has a few problems like kleptomania, and being amoral. Her neighbor and piano teacher Michaela Dupont/Anna Parkhurst (Donna Mitchell) is not helping; if anything she seems to be aggravating the situation (or is she supposed to be guiding the child to some end. Her mother Sarah (Dina Merrill), tends to look the other way as she seems to know something that anna does not.

One night Anna sees her doppelganger on TV and decides to investigate; this will lead her to a secret about herself and a person once known as Anna Zimmerman. Often overlooked is the help and support she receives from her older brother Rowann (Mark Patton.)

There is a lot of danger and mystery to the story. As it unfolds there are some twists and turns. You will find your self kibitzing during potential escape scenes. In the end you decide who the good guys are and who the bad are.

The movie was based on a novel 1983 "Anna to the Infinite Power" by Mildred Ames. The Novel and movie are closely aligned.

What is missing from the book is the haunting sound of "Anna's Reverie" written by composer Paul Baillargeon Sung by Christine Andreas German Lyrics by Charles & Marion Linton.

If you find this film intriguing then you may want to read the Replica book series by Marilyn Kaye, starting with "Amy Number Seven."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Handy Lady on December 22, 2010
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I saw this movie for the first time when I was in 5th grade and I LOVED it! Imagine my surprise when I saw that it was available on DVD 25 years later! Watching it as an adult, I have to say that it is just as good as I remembered it. My husband and kids loved it too. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I'll just say that the plot has withstood the test of time--the "events" are still relevant and being written about in children's literature today.

I would consider showing this to a classroom--5th grade and up. However, there is one short part where the father is staying in a room at the YMCA, smoking a cigarette and drinking alcohol (if I remember correctly). My husband and I had a laugh over this (it was such a 1980's stereotype) but parents might object.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa M on July 26, 2010
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I first stumbled onto this film searching for movies that starred Martha Byrne, a lovely and talented actress whom is best known for her work on As the World Turns. I bought an old VHS I found of this film originally and loved it. I was absolutely ecstatic to find it on DVD! The film quality is fairly low as it was done on a small budget in the early eighties, but despite the low film quality it is an excellent movie! Martha Byrne portrays a young girl who figures out she is the subject of a scientific experiment and sets out to uncover the mysteries surrounding it. Watching this film today, one might roll their eyes a couple of times at some dialogue here and there, but in comparison to some family films put out today, it is much more realistic and has much more genuine heart behind it. A younger sister of mine is nothing if not a modern teen and when she watched this movie with me, she loved it! There's just something about the film that brings out a sense of nostalgia, adventure, and warmth. This movie would be a great addition to any family's film collection. Thumbs up!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walter on July 26, 2012
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This is a bizarre flick indeed. Cloning, human experimentation, and Nazis are explored in this offbeat coming of age film. While the film itself hops around too much and feels rushed in parts, the performances are amazing. Mark Patton (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge) steals the show as Anna's brother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gh on June 27, 2014
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very poorly acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glen R. Frazier on March 6, 2014
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Crap writing and hilariously wooden acting make this fun to watch for 5 minutes, but it soon becomes unbearable. This was given 5 stars by people who enjoyed this pant-load when they were kids and didn't know any better. Avoid this steaming coil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard T. Wick on June 8, 2010
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Though this is a low-budget movie, it is intriguing flick that really gets you thinking about human cloning.
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