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Life After Tomorrow (2008)

Allison Smith , Dara Brown , Julie Stevens , Jr. Gil Cates  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Allison Smith, Dara Brown, Julie Stevens, Charles Strouse, Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Directors: Julie Stevens, Jr. Gil Cates
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VD7HG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life After Tomorrow" on IMDb

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The award winning Life After Tomorrow, a film by Julie Stevens and Gil Cates, Jr., reunites more than 40 women who played orphans in the original Broadway production of Annie and reveals the highs and lows of their experiences as child actresses in a cultural phenomenon. Once the curtain came down, many found it could be a hard-knock-life, fraught with out-of-control stage mothers, separation anxiety, and worst of all, pubescent growth spurts that could find the moppets being replaced by smaller, younger editions just waiting in the wings. As one cast member in the film remarks, The younger ones are coming to take your place and you're 12. It's not like you are getting downsized at're 12!. While their lives moved on, the impact of the experience remains. Features behind-the-curtain footage from the original Broadway production and performances with the re-united orphans.


The magic of Annie has always been related to the tens of thousands of girls who dreamed of being in the show, and Ms. Stevens' film is about those girls who's dreams came true. --The New York Times

A delightful and insightful behind-the-curtain glimpse into the lives of a group of young girls who survived 'Annie.' --Hollywood Reporter

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At The End of The Rainbow March 11, 2008
Life After Tomorrow is a documentary about what happens in life after your dreams come true. The film reunites cast members who played orphans in the Broadway production of Annie. Via interviews with high-profile "annies" like Sarah Jessica Parker, viewers get a glimpse of life inside the dream-nights at Studio 54 when you're ten, life on the road with tutors who got high, stage mothers who had affairs with stage fathers and subsequent abortions, and worst of all, growth spurts which predicated your removal from the show. As one cast member in the film remarks, "the younger ones are coming to take your place and you're 12."

This isn't a US Weekly type of documentary. There are no child star "smash-ups" here-no stories of "annies" robbing liquor marts for drug money because they weren't able to readjust to life after stardom. The tragedy here is subtle and understated. Many of these women admit to being forced off stage and continuing life with the nagging hope in their heart that they would get back to Broadway. Life happens to these actresses-they become financial planners, mothers and annoying stage mothers, but some of them are obviously stuck somewhere else-not in tomorrow, but yesterday-when they were singing and dancing in Annie. Some of them haven't self-actualized which is unpleasant to see in someone who is turning 40. Others have adjusted OK. It's interesting, but it's also a hard-knock life when you peak at 10.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By J Fab
I saw this film at a festival screening and enjoyed it immensely! The woman who directed it was herself an ANNIE alumna, and she has persuaded many of her fellow former orphans to reflect on their shared experiences. The result is a rare chance for theatre lovers to peek behind the scenes and gain some insight into what it's like to be a youngster on and off the stage of a monster musical hit. I found the revelations fascinating, if not always as wholesome as the show's enduring image. In addition to the women who once played orphans, we hear from principals from the show like lyricist and perennial ANNIE director Martin Charnin and Harve "Daddy Warbucks" Presnell, as well as an extreme ANNIE fan, among others.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See For Girls Who Grew Up Loving Annie January 15, 2008
If you grew up in the 70s and 80s and loved the musical Annie, this documentary is for you! You can catch up with the girls that you saw on Broadway and touring the country as Annie and the orphans and hear a lot of behind the scenes stories that will shock you and make you laugh.

This is also great for any parent who is considering introducing her child to the world of showbiz!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It can be a hard knock life February 19, 2008
Saw this on cable in late 2007. Great documentary look at showbiz and its effects on children, rising child stars, and STAGE MOTHERS. There were some interesting stories about off-stage affairs between some of the parents who traveled with the children on tour.

I love showbiz behind-the-scenes peeks, and this one is a winner.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, funny, touching sad August 11, 2008
First of all, I disliked everything about Annie. The tedious music, the hideous belting, the maudlin storyline. But I enjoy behind the scenes shows and got this so I could say to myself, "HAH! Annie is not only stupid and pointless, it ruined LIVES!! Bwahh hahahahah!"

Well, not really.

It is troubling to see some of the women in their 30s and 40s still living in the past, but whose fault is that? As one behind the scene-er said, "Well, of course they were gonna be unemployed. This is a show with 8 children in it. There aren't any shows with 8 fifteen year olds."

But they had been led to believe, at least it seems, that being in Annie was only the beginning! They'd all be STARS! And if they are befuddled now, they must have been even more so in the '80s, when Danielle Brisbois and Molly Ringwald were household names.

The girls were also encouraged to think that they were great only because they were in this show. So when it was over, most of them--at least the ones that showed up for the interview, were completely without direction.

The editing was pure genius. Some of the women are diplomatic in the extreme, carefully telling painful stories without identifying who they are about. Then, the next interview shows EXACTLY who the embarrassing story is about, again without naming names.

It's no surprise that no long-term singing careers resulted from Annie, given the shouting that passed for music. The biggest star seems to be Sarah Jessica Parker, who has certainly changed her singing style and is now known mostly as an actor, anyway. She has fond memories of the show, where most of the others seem to have mixed feelings. Many seem to have done it only for their mothers, which is sad.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By R. Broz
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For anyone who has ever wondered "What happened to that child star" here is the answer for at least one play. I loved the way the film did not really make judgements and that there was a balance in the memories (good and bad) from prior castmembers. My one request would have been, more of behind the scenes of the play itself. If you take a look at the video, be sure to check out the extras as there are some quite enjoyable additions in this area. I remember seeing Annie when it first came out and this brought back some great memories!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good family, lazy Sunday watch!
This was a pretty good doc, though using Alyssa Milano in the marketing is a little misleading as she is not really in it at all. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Bruce Reyes-Chow
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets you never knew about your favorite play!
Amazing, the stress these children had to go through and how they all remember them as adults. A great reunion of these girls!
Published 6 months ago by Julia Gillin
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sun'll Come Up Tomorrow - but not forever
Excellent information about the pros and cons to young girls in show business in the 70s and 80s; realistic portrayal of how the experience is one of a kid, yet with "hard... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sara Shepperd
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this!
This was pretty good I just wish you had more with Andrea McArdle, Kristen Vigard and Danielle Brisbois. I wanted to see more of how they were doing today!
Published 8 months ago by Kathleen
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Interesting take on children peaking in their lives at age 12 and never quite recovering. A little too much of Julie Stevens but hey, she directed it.
Published 9 months ago by D. Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memories!
I can relate to many of the girls in the cast because I was in theatre but never a tour. I began at 16yrs working back-stage because my father had leads and my mother wanted to be... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mary Angela Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars not for a 5 yrs old
Not really for kids, Also, I received 3 of them and I decided not to go through the pain of returning it.
Published 14 months ago by Melts Diaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
Considering Annie is one of my all time favorites this was very interesting to see a different perspective and finally get to see who all has played the adorable Annie.
Published 20 months ago by S. Lorton
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Life After Tomorrow is a very interesting documentary. I liked going behind the scenes and getting to know the young ladies on the broadway play and the difficulties they faced... Read more
Published 21 months ago by shadajah2
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Annie fan
This documentary is a must-see for any Annie, or Broadway, fan. It's really a fascinating look at child actors. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Snider
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