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A Cinderella Story -- Meet high school student Sam who scrubs floors at a diner, copes with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and all the while dreams of Princeton.
A Cinderella Story -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Leigh Dunlap (written by)
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Release Date:
16 July 2004 (USA) See more »
Once upon a time... can happen any time.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Hilary Duff ... Sam

Jennifer Coolidge ... Fiona

Chad Michael Murray ... Austin

Dan Byrd ... Carter Farrell

Regina King ... Rhonda

Julie Gonzalo ... Shelby

Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Wells

Madeline Zima ... Brianna
Andrea Avery ... Gabriella

Mary Pat Gleason ... Eleanor

Paul Rodriguez ... Bobby

Whip Hubley ... Hal Montgomery

Kevin Kilner ... Andy Ames

Erica Hubbard ... Madison

Simon Helberg ... Terry

Brad Bufanda ... David

JD Pardo ... Ryan

Aimee-Lynn Chadwick ... Campus D.J. (as Aimee Lynn Chadwick)
Kady Cole ... Caitlin

Hannah Robinson ... Young Sam Montgomery
Josh Prince ... Swim Coach

Art LaFleur ... Football Coach (as Art La Fleur)

James Eckhouse ... Mr. Farrell

Jonathan Slavin ... Vernon

John Billingsley ... Mr. Rothman

Lilli Babb ... Young Gabriella

Carlie Westerman ... Young Brianna

Mike Randleman ... Chuck

Christie Herring ... Bachelorette #1

Lindsay Hollister ... Bachelorette #2

Taylor Saracho ... Beautiful Bachelorette (as Taylor Hoover)

Brittany Weber ... Bachelorette

Darryl Sivad ... District Attorney
Rita Bland ... Rollerskating Waitress #1 (as Rita Maye Bland)
Keli Murphy ... Rollerskating Waitress #2

Alexis Raich ... Girl at Car Wash

Sabin Rich ... Locker Guy

Sandra McCoy ... Cheerleader / Dancer #1

Julianne Waters ... Cheerleader / Dancer #2

Karen Elmore ... Cheerleader / Dancer #3
Stella Choe ... Cheerleader / Dancer #4
Jessie Rice-Holiday ... Cheerleader / Dancer #5
Cricket Hamar ... Cheerleader / Dancer #6

Shannon Novak ... Cheerleader / Dancer #7
Oscar Orosco ... Fighting Frog Mascot
Jason Beitel ... Halloween Dancer

Kato Bonner ... Halloween Dancer
Carol Borjas ... Halloween Dancer
Reshma Gajjar ... Halloween Dancer
Molly Gosline ... Halloween Dancer
Hunter Hamilton ... Halloween Dancer

Richard Jackson ... Halloween Dancer
Trey Knight ... Halloween Dancer

Jonathan Ritter ... Halloween Dancer
Jenny Seeger ... Halloween Dancer

Becca Sweitzer ... Halloween Dancer
Melanie A. Gage ... Dancer (as Melanie Gage)
Jolene Riella ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Dottley ... (voice)
Elle Bennett ... Waitress (uncredited)
Joe Jagatic ... Wedding Photographer (uncredited)
Lon Michael Lee ... Waiter (uncredited)

Tarah Paige ... Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Justin Rhoads ... Student in Bleachers (uncredited)
Danielle Riffenburgh ... Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)

Rory Charles Thost ... Young Carter Farrell (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... Dad at Carwash (uncredited)

Toni Wynne ... Kitty (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Rosman 
Writing credits
Leigh Dunlap (written by)

Produced by
Susan Duff .... co-executive producer
Keith Giglio .... executive producer
Ilyssa Goodman .... producer
Peter Greene .... executive producer
Hunt Lowry .... producer
Michael I. Rachmil .... executive producer (as Michael Rachmil)
Troy Rowland .... associate producer
Dylan Sellers .... producer
Clifford Werber .... producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond 
Film Editing by
Cara Silverman 
Casting by
Sarah Finn  (as Sarah Halley Finn)
Randi Hiller 
Production Design by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
Art Direction by
Gary Diamond 
Set Decoration by
Jeffrey Kushon 
Costume Design by
Denise Wingate 
Makeup Department
Linda Arnold .... key hair stylist
Jennifer Aspinall .... makeup artist: Jennifer Coolidge (as Jennifer Aspinal)
Sean Flanigan .... hair stylist
Lydia Milars .... makeup department head
Ned Neidhardt .... key makeup artist
Joseph Regina .... makeup artist
Nacoma Whobrey .... assistant makeup artist
Julie M. Woods .... hair stylist (as Julie Woods)
Production Management
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Ravi D. Mehta .... executive in charge of production
Robin Mulcahy Fisichella .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa J. Bloch .... second assistant director
Daniel Silverberg .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mike Blaze .... property master (as Michael Blaze)
Pam Brockel .... painter
Angela Cimarusti .... painter
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Jann K. Engel .... set designer
Joey Genitempo .... paint foreman
Brandon S. Gilgen .... painter
L. David Gordon .... drapery foreman
Robert Grbavac .... painter
Guy Hietala .... stand-by painter
Lita Isumu .... painter
Melanie Mahoney .... painter gang boss
Michael Marcus .... art designer
Tom Miller .... property master (as Thomas Miller)
Art Morales .... painter
Sarah Emily Nelson .... art department coordinator
Anthony Palazzo .... painter
Patrick Paniagua .... decorator gang boss
Jimmy Rudon .... art department assistant
Greg Sanger .... second leadman
Matt Sazzman .... carpenter
Bryan Turk .... propmaker foreman
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator (as Dan Turk)
Larry J. White II .... leadman
Tracy Wood .... decorator gang boss
Sound Department
Christopher S. Aud .... supervising sound editor
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Blantz .... second boom operator
Adam Blantz .... utility sound
Jose R. Castellon .... re-recording engineer: Spanish and Brazilian
Eric Flickinger .... sound recordist
Terry Garcia .... assistant sound editor
Tom Hartig .... boom operator
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Adam Johnston .... sound effects editor
Lisa J. Levine .... supervising adr editor
Mark L. Mangino .... dialogue editor
Mike Markiw .... sound intern
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Jody Thomas .... foley artist
Mark Ulano .... production sound mixer
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rene Diamante .... special effects technician
John C. Hartigan .... special effects coordinator (as John Hartigan)
Jerry Miscevich .... special effects
Chris Walkowiak .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Jeremy Appelbaum .... digital artist
James Coulter .... digital artist: Digital Dimension
Jason Crosby .... digital artist: Digital Dimension
Rif Dagher .... digital effects artist
Chris DeCristo .... digital compositor: CBS Digital
Eric Durst .... visual effects supervisor
Mitch Gates .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Claire Gerety-Mott .... visual effects assistant
Benoit Girard .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Dimension
Adam Holmes .... digital effects artist
Harimander Singh Khalsa .... digital effects artist (as Michael Cashore)
Allan McKay .... technical director
Justin Mitchell .... digital effects artist
Jerome Morin .... visual effects producer: Digital Dimension
Andrew Roberts .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Daniel Rubin .... digital compositor
Wendy Ruiz .... visual effects coordinator
Mark G. Soper .... visual effects producer
Marion Spates .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Tammy Sutton .... digital compositor
Tammy Sutton .... rotoscope and paint supervisor: Digital Dimension
Leandro Visconti .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Christian Zurcher .... visual effects
Jim Rothrock .... look development technical director (uncredited)
Chris B. Schnitzer .... visual effects production supervisor (uncredited)
Nicole Basanda .... stunts
Maria Coloroso .... stunt double: Andrea Avery
Richard Epper .... stunt driver
Debbie Evans .... stunt driver
Andy Gill .... stunt driver
Meegan Godfrey .... stunt performer
Mark Kubr .... stunts
Anthony Molinari .... stunts
Joette Nichole Orman .... stunt double (as Nichole Orman)
Marc Scizak .... stunt double
Brandon Sebek .... stunt double
Nancy Thurston .... stunt double
Eddie Yansick .... stunt coordinator
Greg Anthony .... stunt double (uncredited)
Dan Lemieux .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bill Willens .... precision driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael D. Alvarez .... film loader
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Gregory Beard .... grip
Patrick Beatty .... grip
Tyger Belton .... assistant camera: "a" camera
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Vincent Contarino .... dimmer board operator
Chris Cuevas .... second assistant camera
Donald D. Davidson .... electrician
Damon Doherty .... key rigging grip
Matt Floyd .... rigging grip
Jimmy Harritos .... electrician
Chris Herbert .... rigging grip
Larry Huff .... grip
Josh Levy .... video assist operator
Dan Ming .... additional first assistant camera
Luis Moreno .... electrician
Mike Moyer .... chief lighting technician
George Richmond .... Steadicam operator
George Richmond .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Edison Satrazemis .... camera operator (as Mike Satrazemis)
Bob Snowdon .... grip
David J. White II .... first camera assistant
Steven J. Winslow .... aerial camera technician: Wescam camera
Andy Young .... best boy rigging grip
Jeremiah Spinney .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifer Bender .... extras casting
Courtney Gross .... casting associate
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting
Erika Sellin .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Cabada .... assistant costume designer
John Casey .... costume supervisor
Linda S. Cormany .... key costumer
Stephen Oh .... costumer
Tony Velasco .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Daniel Boccoli .... assistant editor
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer (as Chris De La Guardia)
Larry Flynn .... color timer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Lara Khachooni .... assistant editor
Christopher Kroll .... first assistant editor
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Kevin L. James .... post production executive (uncredited)
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Debra Baum .... music supervisor (as Debra A. Baum)
Thomas Bergersen .... orchestrator (as Thomas J. Bergersen)
George Doering .... musician
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Andrew Kaiser .... orchestrator
Will Kaplan .... music editor
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Transportation Department
Rod Bearden .... transportation coordinator
Neil Marshall .... driver: honeywagon
Matthew Talamantes .... driver
Harold L. Woods .... driver generator operator
Other crew
Robin Anderson .... script supervisor
Liz Biber .... publicist
Matthew B. Chamberlin .... key assistant location manager
Mike Crotty .... production assistant
Heather Dennis .... assistant: Mark Rosman
Heather I. Denton .... extras coordinator
Enfys Dickinson .... creative producer
Brian Ellerd .... production assistant
John Formichella .... assistant: Clifford Werber
Evan Gaines .... office intern
Laura Gary .... studio teacher
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator
Jason Gondek .... production accountant
Chris Hogenson .... assistant: Dylan Sellers
Michelle Johnston .... choreographer
Krystine Karns .... assistant: Michael Rachmil
Aileen Kiernan .... assistant: Hunt Lowry
Nicole Kreuzer .... stand-in: Jennifer Coolidge
Sandy Lizaola-Hernandez .... physical production coordinator
James E. Maddux .... water safety
Susan Magee .... second accountant
Eddie Merino .... key assistant location manager
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Joe Morganella .... production assistant
Jess Nunez .... payroll accountant
Ron Pekkala .... production medic
Sally Potters .... production assistant
Dara Resnik Creasey .... assistant: Mark Rosman (as Dara Resnik)
Christina Rollo .... production coordinator
Stephen Roome .... stand-in: Chad Michael Murray
Troy Rowland .... dialogue coach
Julia M. Sauder .... assistant production coordinator (as Julia Sauder)
Diana Taffolla .... second accountant
Donna Tegan .... set production assistant
Craig Vegas .... production assistant
Catherine Petra Villalobos .... production assistant
Olivia Wachsberger .... consultant: princess
Tomoko Yamamoto .... first accountant
Jimmy Zelinger .... title designer
Carey Goldstein .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mitchell Klebanoff .... thanks

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Rated PG for mild language and innuendo
95 min
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Second time for Kevin Kilner and Chad Michael Murray to co-star. Kilner and Murray also co-starred in One Tree Hill, where Murray portrayed Lucas Scott and Kilner portrayed Peyton Sawyer's father, Larry.See more »
Continuity: When Sam is in Rhonda's house, she is looking through items in a red bowl and says, "Rhonda, you sure do have a knack for taking something simple and making it beautiful." The mask is not in front of the red bowl at this time. She walks over to Rhonda and looks at the dress with her. When the camera goes back to the red bowl, the mask is propped up against it, though neither Rhonda nor Sam had time to place it there.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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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Great as a Cinderella story; just so-so as a high school rom-com, 13 August 2006
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

I haven't looked at other reviews of A Cinderella Story yet, but especially because it's a Hilary Duff film, I'd expect there to be a lot of scathing comments. That's because Hilary Duff is, or was, at least, popular with tweens and teens, and lots of slightly older folks have a tendency to hate commercial or popular stuff just because it's commercial or popular. Of course, they find other ways to justify their effectively institutional hatred of this stuff, and I'd guess that the main complaint would be the clichéd and predictable nature of the material here.

And that's true. A Cinderella Story is clichéd and predictable, but that's not a great reason to dislike it. It is a Cinderella story, after all--it tells you right there in the title--retooled as a contemporary Los Angeles-area high school romance-comedy. We all know the Cinderella story fairly well. And any film fan at least old enough to almost be through with high school is surely familiar with the clichés of rom-coms and high school films. Most of us could write the basics of A Cinderella Story's plot without even seeing the film's trailer. So for adults, at least, A Cinderella Story is going to be successful or not dependent on how well it hikes its well-trodden path.

For me, the best material was the more traditional Cinderella-based stuff. Jennifer Coolidge (voluptuously) fills the role of the wicked stepmother. I like Coolidge a lot. She has tremendous charisma and performs her infamous, quirky sarcastic act here with verve. I also like Duff. The two actresses playing Duff's stepsisters were new to me, but just as charismatic as Coolidge. Director Mark Rosman quotes some of the cartoonish visual gags of Disney's Cinderella (1950) more than I expected, and it works amazingly well. It's one element that pushes the film into a welcomed, absurd-surreal territory.

What didn't work as well for me was the material when Rosman and credited writer Leigh Dunlap forgot about doing a pumped up remake of Cinderella. Too much of A Cinderella Story deals with Sam's (Duff) budding cyber-romance, her typical high school problems and the caricatured, stereotypical high school cliques. It's not that these other segments are bad, exactly, but they just don't have the spark or humor that the Cinderella material has, and especially for something like the cliques, we've seen this tens of times before. These scenes would be right at home if we edited them into any of those other films or television shows--sometimes I had to remind myself that I wasn't watching, say, a Cordelia scene from the first season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997).

So A Cinderella Story has a bit of a split personality--as a funny and wacky remake of Cinderella and as a far less humorous, pretty generic "getting through adolescence and finding yourself" message film. That After-School-Special-styled message may be a worthy one, but intercut with a great version of Cinderella, it doesn't quite fit, even though Rosman does finally start to find a unique and admirable groove while still alternating modes towards the end of the film.

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