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An American Girl Holiday -- This exciting movie is based on American Girl's most popular character, Samantha, and her adventures in New York City at the turn of the 20th century.


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Valerie Tripp ("Samantha" stories from the "The American Girl Collection")
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Release Date:
23 November 2004 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cute Movie about a Sweet Kid See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order)

Mia Farrow ... Grandmary Edwards

AnnaSophia Robb ... Samantha Parkington
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenner Ames ... Mr. O'Malley

Stewart Arnott ... The Doctor

Olivia Ballantyne ... Jenny O'Malley

Jordan Bridges ... Uncle Gard
Jackie Brown ... Factory Lady
Stan Coles

Hannah Endicott-Douglas ... Bridget O'Malley

Karen Eyo ... School Principal
Michele Ferney
Angela Fusco

Keir Gilchrist ... Factory Boy
Alanna Glass
Bruce Gooch ... The Admiral
Donna Goodhand ... Mrs. Frouchy
Andrea Grant
Ashley Green ... Background

Shary Guthrie ... Teacher

Katie Henney ... Host of 'Behind the Scenes'

Melody Johnson ... Cornelia's Friend #1
Michael Kanev ... Eddie Ryland

Kelsey Lewis ... Nellie O'Malley

Rebecca Mader ... Aunt Cornelia

Debra McCabe ... Mrs. Ryland
Bruce McFee ... Factory Floor Manager
Michelle Moffat
Shae Norris ... Agatha
Mary Pitt

Jeannette Sousa ... Cornelia's Friend #2

Clare Stone ... Emma
Janine Theriault ... Cornelia's Sister

Kate Trotter ... Mrs. Vandergeld

Adrian Truss ... Police Officer
Nancy E.L. Ward ... Lillian (uncredited)

Directed by
Nadia Tass 
Writing credits
Valerie Tripp ("Samantha" stories from the "The American Girl Collection")

Produced by
Lisa Roberts Gillan .... executive producer
Rachael Horovitz .... executive producer
Julia Roberts .... executive producer
Deborah Schindler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Chris Hajian 
Cinematography by
David Parker 
Film Editing by
Susan Shipton 
Casting by
Rita Foung 
Todd Thaler 
Production Design by
Rocco Matteo 
Costume Design by
Trysha Bakker 
Makeup Department
Renee Chan .... assistant hair stylist
Brian Hui .... key makeup artist
Patricia Keighran .... makeup department head
Production Management
G. Michael Currie .... assistant production manager
David Huband .... post-production supervisor
Victoria Woods .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jill Girling .... second assistant director
Art Department
Greg Beale .... set designer
Sang Maier .... second assistant property master
Jeff Mawle .... assistant property master
Chris Pellegrini .... property master
Martin Weinryb .... set decoration buyer
Sound Department
Sandy Buchanan .... adr recordist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Douglas Lunn .... boom operator
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Welker .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Tim Barraball .... special effects coordinator: physical effects
Visual Effects by
Ian Britton .... compositor: Rocket Science VFX
Graham Cunningham .... lead 3D artist: Rocket Science VFX
Robert Greb .... digital compositor
Mary Holding .... compositor
Ariel Joson .... digital effects artist
Andrew Nguyen .... matte painting
Anthony Paterson .... visual effects supervisor: Rocket Science VFX
Tom Turnbull .... visual effects director of photography (as Thomas Turnbull)
Camera and Electrical Department
Murat Akser .... camera trainee
Donnie Armstrong .... grip
Sam Bojin .... best boy lighting
Bob Bushfield .... electrician
Adam Jeffery .... second assistant camera
Robert Johnson .... key grip
Adam McDonald .... grip
Robert Mountjoy .... first assistant camera
Brooke Palmer .... still photographer
Marc Purdy .... best boy grip
Michael Rintoul .... camera operator
Casting Department
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Brad Gerstl .... extras casting
Philip Huffman .... casting assistant
Aaron Unrau .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Bonniere .... assistant costume designer
Constance Buck .... wardrobe supervisor
Roland Heizinger .... costume cutter
Ritta Koleva .... seamstress
Ritta Koleva .... tailor
Cara Porter .... sewer
Editorial Department
Marc Roussel .... assistant editor
Gord Ventura .... dailies colorist
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Thanh Tran .... score preparation
Other crew
Scott Brophy .... production coordinator
Angela Cheyne .... production secretary (as Angela Latorre)
Angela Elter .... cutter/stitcher
Marco Felvus .... on-set tutor
Jason Krauskopf .... assistant to director
Dahla MacKenna .... educational supervisor
Christie Mattull .... insurance services
Christine Paputsis .... photo double
Danny Pawlick .... dialect coach
Cassidy Watkins .... assistant to director
Larry David Wilson .... production assistant
Marisa Yeres .... production executive
Robert Norton .... legal affairs (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Samantha: An American Girl Holiday" - USA (original title)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Several outfits and props are from the original book illustrations and catalogs, such as Samantha's nightgown and pink talent show dress, and the doll with a nutcracker (panned over near the end.)See more »
Continuity: When Samantha, Jenny, Nellie and Bridget are all running from the orphanage, who was in front changed between shots. When they first leave the orphanage, Samantha and Jenny are in front but in the next shot they are behind. This continues through the scene.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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Cute Movie about a Sweet Kid, 28 November 2004
Author: jwhale9382 from Maryland

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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