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.



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Stan Coles
Michele Ferney
Angela Fusco
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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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1.33 : 1
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Hannah Endicott-Douglas plays Nellie's younger sister Bridget, although she is actually 6 months older than Kelsey Lewis who plays Nellie. See more »


After Samantha defends Nellie and the girls against Eddie, Eddie is called by his mother to run an errand for her. Soon after he leaves, Samantha returns home and begins practicing piano but when she looks out the window she sees Eddie running around in his backyard with a kite. There is no way Eddie could have done the errand and returned home to run with a kite between Samantha leaving the Ryland home and returning to hers. See more »


Eddie Ryland: I'm really scared, Samantha.
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Followed by McKenna Shoots for the Stars (2012) See more »


Abide with Me
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
[Hymn during church]
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Sweet, Lovely Film
3 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

10 stars

I greatly enjoyed this sweet, gentle film set in 1904, about two young girls who become friends, and the troubles that befall them and how they deal with those problems.

The young actresses playing these roles did very well and made the characters seem real, and made me care about them. All the little girls were adorable.

Samantha is well off financially and lives with her grandmother (played by Mia Farrow - a treat to see her), but Samantha is an orphan and has lost both her parents in a boating accident.

Grandmother's beautiful, old mansion is out in the countryside and Samantha is a little bit lonely, when an Irish lass, Nellie, her father, and Nellie's two younger sisters arrive, to work at the neighbor's home next door.

Nellie's mother is deceased, and her family is poor, so they all have to work, despite being only children. (The film also deals with child labor.) Nellie and Samantha become fast friends, and Samantha is quite resourceful in helping her friends.

I really liked this movie and highly recommend it. Young girls will love it, and it has enough story interest that an adult will not be bored watching it either.

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