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A Cinderella Story (2004)

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Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance.



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Samantha or "Sam", has a rough childhood with her father dying in an earthquake and a new stepmother with two awful daughters. But on the bright side, Sam has an awesome best friend named Carter and an email relationship with a guy named Nomad. One day, Sam gets an email from her Nomad saying that he wants to meet her in the middle of the dance floor at their high school Halloween dance. She accepts the invitation and glides into the room wearing the best outfit ever. Her Nomad takes her outside where they share a romantic dance together and Sam realizes that her email friend is the most popular guy in school, Austin Ames. She runs back to her stepmother's diner before she knows she went to the dance and drops her phone on the way. Austin finds it and starts a search for his Cinderella. Written by bella yeager

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Once upon a time... can happen any time.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled 'Cinderella' Project  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,623,350, 18 July 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

(DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Sam's bedroom by her bed are Harry Potter books. Harry Potter lived in a closet under the stairs, similar to Sam living in the attic, and both characters lost their parents. See more »


When Sam storms into the boys changing room to find Austin, as she walks past a metal screen there is a boom mic hanging down waiting for her to come around the corner. See more »


[first lines]
Sam: Once upon a time, in a far away kingdom, lived a beautiful little girl and her widowed father.
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Fantastic retelling!
21 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, and Chad Michael Murray lead a stellar cast in this outstanding update of the classic tale. Great performances all around! Despite a few corny moments, the film does a great job of being genuinely funny. Chad does a good job, even better than in Freaky Friday! Jennifer's kooky humor adds to the merriment as do the excellent supporting roles by Dan Byrd and Regina King.

Hilary is fantastic. She steals every scene! A truly remarkable, and talented young lady! The soundtrack is absolutely amazing! Including Hilary's fantastic renderings of Crash World, The Girl Can Rock, Now You Know, and Anywhere But Here; Haylie Duff's One In This World; and the smash hit Our Lips Are Sealed by Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff.

A great movie for any age group. Absolutely hilarious!

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