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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Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenner Ames ...
Mr. O'Malley
The Doctor
Jackie Brown ...
Stan Coles
Michele Ferney
Angela Fusco
Alanna Glass
Bruce Gooch ...
The Admiral


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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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 »


Not only are the coins in Eddie Ryland's money jar new, several of them are Canadian. See more »


[last lines]
Nellie O'Malley: First snow. Do you think we're dreaming?
Samantha: If we are, I hope I never wake up.
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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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Cute Movie about a Sweet Kid
28 November 2004 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I was surprised when I heard this was being made into a movie. My sister read the American Girls books when she was a kid, and I never expected them to make a movie out of them. But all things considered, I thought the WB did a good job.

First of all, Annasophia Robb is a cute little kid, and at twelve years old, she has the potential to be a talented actress. She did a great job in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and looked as if she had fun while doing it. In the movie, Annasophia plays Samantha Parkington, a ten-year-old girl living in New York in 1904. The acts of the film are divided into the four seasons. In the spring, she makes friends with the servant girls living next door. In the summer, she meets her uncle's new wife. In the fall, she moves in with her aunt and uncle in the city, and then helps her three friends escape from an orphan home. In the winter, everyone lives happily ever after.

The orphanage reminded me of a federal prison, and the warden, er, manager reminded me of Carol Burnett in Annie. I also liked the movie's message about helping the needy. That's what made it a family movie.

So maybe it wasn't Emmy worthy, but if you have kids, or you just like cute movies, you'll like this movie.

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