Jonathan Crombie is pretty adorable as Gilbert Blythe. He and Follows did a great job of creating a sense of first love. Apparently, Schuyler Grant was originally considered for the role of Anne but Sullivan decided that role should be played by a Canadian so Grant became Diana Barry. She's perfect in the role and goes on to give some memorable performances in the sequels as well.
The production did an amazing job of finding perfect locations to shoot in. Only a very small percentage of the exteriors were actually shot on PEI. Most of the film was shot in and around Toronto, ON. The house used for Green Gables is actually a private residence and the filmmakers put up the picket fence. The art team was lead by David Cronenberg's production designer, Carol Spier.
I have to mention Hagood Hardy's charming score. Hardy passed away far too young in 1997 but his music really brings this film to life. Somehow he's able to capture the spirit of Anne and translate it into musical form. One of the things that Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story is really lacking is Hardy's touch.
Kevin Sullivan managed to capture some extremely memorable performances and some stunning visuals which make this one of the great contributions to Canadian film and television. If you haven't seen this and you're a fan of the novel you really should check it out.
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