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An American Girl Holiday (2004)
"Samantha: An American Girl Holiday" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Family, Drama  |  23 November 2004 (USA)
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Set in 1904, "American Girls" revolves around Samantha as she moves in with her grandmother and learns how to become a proper Victorian young lady.



("Samantha" stories from the "The American Girl Collection")
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Kindhearted Samantha Parkington's world starts to change the day Nellie O'Malley walks into her life. Nellie, her father, and her two little sisters have moved in next door to be servants for the Ryland family. Though they come from completely different backgrounds, Samantha and Nellie become fast friends. The girls turn to each other in happiness and sorrow, adventure and danger, and grow to be as close as even two sisters could be. But nothing could prepare them for the life-altering surprises that lie ahead! Written by American Girl Website

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23 November 2004 (USA)  »

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American Girls: Samantha  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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Kelsey Lewis is a brunette, but dyed her hair red for her role of Nellie. See more »


When Samantha returns home after defending Nellie and the girls against Eddie, she is practicing piano and when she looks out the window, she sees Nellie walking across the lawn with a basket of laundry while wearing a black dress and white apron. There is not enough time between Samantha leaving Nellie and her practicing piano for Nellie to have changed and begun her chores. Also, as she would have been new, the housekeeper or head maid would have gone over with her what she was to do and therefore she would not have headed straight into chores, making it even less likely for Samantha to have seen her working while she practiced piano. See more »


[Samantha and the girls explain to Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia about how the orphan home was going to send Nellie away]
Aunt Cornelia: [shocked] They're not supposed to seperate the families.
Nellie O'Malley: Ma'am, they do a lot of things they're not supposed to do.
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Abide with Me
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
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Great Movie!!
24 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie was terrific! I am 13 and I have two American Girl dolls myself. I have read all of Samantha's books and I found the movie really good! Some scenes sounded like soap opera, and some of the acting was a little off, but otherwise it was great! It must have been really hard for Nellie and her sisters. I would have done the same thing if I were in Samantha's place! I don't know what some thought of this movie, but it was great for me! It was so cool and I LOVED the scenery. The Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard sounded so fake sometimes. It was kinda obvious. I can't wait to see the movie again! I was mad when commercial brakes came on because I wanted to watch it! But, it was good anyway!

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