Polly (film)

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Polly is a 1989 American made-for-television musical film adapted from the book Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter featuring an all African-American cast (with the exception of Celeste Holm). It was directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, starring Keshia Knight Pulliam, Phylicia Rashad and also featured the final performance of actress Butterfly McQueen. Polly was originally broadcast on NBC on November 12, 1989.

Based onPollyanna
by Eleanor H. Porter
Written byEleanor H. Porter (novel),
W. F. Blinn (adaptation),
David Swift (scenario)
Directed byDebbie Allen
StarringKeshia Knight Pulliam
Phylicia Rashad
Theme music composerJoel McNeely
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerWilliam Blinn
ProducersFrank Fischer
James Pulliam (associate producer)
Production locationsPasadena, California
CinematographyIsidore Mankofsky
EditorJim McElroy
Running time100 minutes
Production companiesEcho Cove Productions
Walt Disney Television
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseNovember 12, 1989 (1989-11-12)
Followed byPolly: Comin' Home!


Set in Alabama during the 1950s, Polly Whittier, an orphan who is sent to live with her aunt Polly Harrington, who is a descendant of the founding family of a small Southern town (also called Harrington) during the segregation era. A key point in dividing the town is a ravine which has an unrepaired bridge which burned down many years ago, and no one knows how it started and is suspicious of everyone else. Polly is able to convince people to look at the bright side of things, but tragedy strikes when Polly falls two stories from a tree, suffering a spinal injury.

Polly proved to be a ratings hit and a sequel, Polly: Comin' Home!, followed in 1990. Both of these films are available on DVD exclusively from the Disney Movie Club and Disney Movie Rewards.


Musical numbersEdit

  1. Overture
  2. By Your Side- Polly
  3. Honey Ain't Got Nothin' On You- Polly, Nancy, & Girls
  4. Sweet Little Angel Eyes- Jimmy Bean, Polly, George, Nancy, & Kids
  5. Something More- Ms. Harrington
  6. Shine A Light- Robert, George, & Mayor Warren
  7. Rainbow Maker- Polly, Ms. Harrington, & Nancy
  8. Stand Up- Rev. Gillis, Robert, Polly, Nancy, Jimmy Bean, George, & Ensemble
  9. Finale- Ensemble


Soundtrack album
ReleasedNovember 30, 1989
LabelWalt Disney Records

The original television soundtrack recording of Polly was released on CD and cassette tape by Walt Disney Records on November 30, 1989.

Track listing
  1. "Overture" (2:36)
  2. "By Your Side" – Polly (2:30)
  3. "Honey Ain't Got Nothin' On You" – Polly, Nancy & Girls (2:07)
  4. "Sweet Little Angel Eyes" – Jimmy Bean, Polly, George, Nancy & Children (2:17)
  5. "Shine A Light" – Mayor Warren, Dr. Shannon & George (2:35)
  6. "Something More" – Aunt Polly (2:24)
  7. "Rainbow Theme" (0:35)
  8. "Rainbow Maker" – Polly, Nancy & Aunt Polly (2:00)
  9. "Delivering Baskets" (0:54)
  10. "Stand Up" – Reverend Gillis, Dr. Shannon & Congregation (4:28)
  11. "At the Bazaar" (1:40)
  12. "Swingin' Sisters" (2:10)
  13. "A Prayer/Polly's Day" (2:00)
  14. "Finale" (2:50)

Home mediaEdit

Both Polly and Polly: Comin' Home were released on VHS by Walt Disney Home Video in 1990. Around 2000 the two movies were released on DVD on Disney Movie Club Exclusive.

Award nominationsEdit

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1990 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special Isidore Mankofsky
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Debbie Allen
Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special Keshia Knight Pulliam
Best Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special Brandon Adams

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