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Buttons, A New Musical Film (2018)

Buttons (original title)
Follow the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Dick Van Dyke and Dame Angela Lansbury), they discover miracles can happen when you believe.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alivia Clark ... Annabelle (Buttons)
Kate Winslet ... Narrator (voice)
Abigail Spencer ... Annabelle (Adult)
Reilly Anspaugh ... Sister Mary
John de Lancie ... Doctor Johnson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Burrows ... Sarah
Delaney Dillan ... Nurse
Roma Downey
McClairen Eisenhour McClairen Eisenhour ... Mill Worker
Paul Greene
Ioan Gruffudd
Angela Lansbury ... Rose
Katie McGrath ... Mrs. Wentworth
Noelle E Parker ... Emily
Chloe Perrin ... Child
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Follow the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Dick Van Dyke and Dame Angela Lansbury), they discover miracles really can happen when you believe.

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Believing is the Greatest Adventure of All


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buttons, A New Musical Film See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,972, 9 December 2018

Gross USA:

$151,983

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,983
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Color
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Part of this movie's sales were donated to Kate Winslet's charity, The Golden Hat Foundation. See more »

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Worth watching once
29 January 2020 | by janisongsSee all my reviews

I wanted to love this movie. The cast is stellar. Dick van Dyke and Angela Lansbury are outstanding (still vibrant in their 90s!). Alivia Clark's voice is lovely. The costumes and locations are first-rate. It's "Pollyanna" meets "Annie" and "Oliver," but unfortunately "Les Miserables" is thrown into the mix. The stories told are uneven, with missteps throughout. By the way, Annabelle gets the nickname "Buttons," but that has nothing to do with the story. A much better title would be "Emily's Wish." Furthermore, because the sound is out of sync, it feels oddly inauthentic. It's mostly very depressing, and barely about Christmas. I wouldn't show this to anyone under 10, as it's way too scary and depressing -- even with the fun songs and heartwarming, uplifting message. "Mary Poppins" is a 10. This movie is no 10!


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