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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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Gabriella (as Andrea Avery)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Technical Specs


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?


The necklaces around Carter's neck in his first scene were taped on to his shirt to avoid any noise the microphone would pick up. See more »


When David was introducing the bachelorettes to Austin, green tape marking where he should stand is visible. 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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Version of Cinderella (1989) See more »


I'll Be
Written by Edwin McCain (as Edwin C. McCain)
Performed by Edwin McCain
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Sweet, and heart warming
13 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Your perfect family film. Has your normal crushes and such. Lots of self confidence, and showing how much you need your friends. That timeless, and useful quote, "never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game"...after I saw that movie, and heard that line, i changed my lifestyle of leaving everything, calm , boring, and not the way i wanted it. I was afraid that I wouldn't be accepted if i didn't do a certain thing, or if I did a certain thing. I was wrong, and this movie, strange as it may sound, gave me the nerve to do some things I never would have done on my own. Definitely something to see if your feeling left out, or need something that will show you, that dreams can come true.

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