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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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  (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
Rachael Horovitz .... executive producer
Lisa Roberts Gillian .... executive producer (as Lisa Roberts Gillan)
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
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
Rob Mountjoy .... first assistant camera (as Robert Mountjoy)
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
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?

The book that Aunt Cornelia gave Samantha when she met her was "The Wizard of Oz". The actress who played Aunt Cornelia (Rebecca Mader) would go on to play Zelena /The wicked witch in a "wizard of Oz" storyline on "Once Opon A Time"See more »
Continuity: The flame on the candle during the dinner scene in New York differs between shots.See more »
Nellie O'Malley:[to Samantha; when they meet at the alley behind the orphanage] Mrs. Frouchy says that she'll place me out if I don't behave.
Samantha:What does she mean?
Nellie O'Malley:To place me on the orphan train... to get adopted by a family *far away!* In my train, it goes really fast to the mid-west.
Samantha:With Jenny and Bridget?
Nellie O'Malley:[in despair] No, they're too young. If she ever sends me, I'll never get to see them again...
Samantha:[indignant] Oh! You CANNOT go! You and your sisters have to stay together! We've got to find a way... I'm not going to let this happen to you, Nellie, I'm not.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Terrific family entertainment!, 21 September 2005
Author: krzykra from Dallas, Tx

Obviously, the target audience for a movie like this is young girls who love the American Girls Collection. But within that, it is a thoroughly enjoyable treat, made specifically for kids but not at all the sort of movie that will drive grown-ups crazy.

The story is sweet and simple, but heartwarming, about a rich little girl named Samantha growing up in 1904. The script takes the various adventures from the Samantha books in the American Girls Collection, from Samantha's friendship with servant girl Nellie to the wedding of Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia to Samantha's speaking contest at her school in New York City, and blends them together in a very satisfying way- sure to please any girl who has the doll or has read the books! And perhaps what makes this "kid's movie" more appealing to the entire family is the inclusion of the historic happenings of 1904 America, when the motor car was an exciting new invention and the Suffrage movement had begun. This is, of course, the basis of the American Girls Collection and it's a wonderful way to bone up on your history and be entertained at the same time (hey, I didn't know that's when showers were invented!).

AnnaSophia Robb, who plays the title role, is quite a familiar face to family audiences, having starred as Opal in Because of Winn-Dixie and as the infamous gum-chewing, girl-turned-blueberry Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. AnnaSophia is a very talented young actress, and she plays the role of Samantha with a nice combination of sweetness and spunk (and she's cute without being cutesy, which is always a relief for the grown-ups). In fact, most of the cast is stellar, and Jordan Bridges (son of Beau Bridges) plays fun-loving Uncle Gard with a blend of charm and realism. Surprisingly enough, Mia Farrow, who plays Samantha's proper Grandmary and is undoubtedly the most famous performer in the lineup, is a trifle stilted and seems to be upstaged by the rest of the troop.

The fact that there are only two or three males in the entire show indicates that this is not really a boy's movie (I'm a grown-up boy, so I have permission to watch these kinds of movies and not be embarrassed anymore). Still, this is terrific family entertainment, for girls who love the American Girls, and for anyone who loves to walk away from a movie feeling good!

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