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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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Sam's Dad
Austin's Dad


Samantha or "Sam", has a rough childhood with her father dying in an earthquake and a new stepmother with two awful stepdaughters. 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:

$13,623,350 (USA) (16 July 2004)


$51,431,160 (USA) (15 October 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trailer features music by James Newton Howard from the movie Dave (1993). See more »


When Sam hits the baseball over the fence, she does not follow through with the bat. Not only would the ball not go that far, the ball would have veered towards the right instead of the left towards Austin. 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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Straight Laid Out
Written by Aaron Carter and Stephen James Barry
Performed by Cirrus
Courtesy of Moonshine Music
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Perfect romantic comedy
2 March 2005 | by (massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was a funny and a romantic chick flick. Hilary Duff is one of my favorite actresses and she plays a perfect Sam in this movie. This movie is pretty predictable but still fun to watch. If your bored one day go to the video store and check this movie out. It is very interesting to watch from beginning to end. Chad Micheal Murray is a great Austin for this movie and has what it takes.I never get sick of watching this movie.Every character in this movie was the right pick.I'm so glad Hilary played Sam instead of somebody else.If you are not interested in this movie, at least give it a chance! From a scale 1-10 i give this movie a 8. Two thumbs up!

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