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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl -- Based on the popular American Girl book series, Abigail Breslin stars as a resourceful girl whose compassion and determination help her save her family's home during the Great Depression.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl -- This is the theatrical trailer for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, directed by Patricia Rozema.
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Writers (WGA):
Ann Peacock (written by)
Valerie Tripp (Kit Kittredge stories)
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Release Date:
2 July 2008 (USA) See more »
Set in Cincinnati at the height of the Great Depression, Kit Kittredge, a resourceful young girl, helps her mother run a boardinghouse after her father loses his job. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Abigail Breslin ... Kit Kittredge

Julia Ormond ... Margaret Kittredge

Chris O'Donnell ... Jack Kittredge

Jane Krakowski ... Miss Dooley

Wallace Shawn ... Mr. Gibson

Max Thieriot ... Will Shepherd

Willow Smith ... Countee

Glenne Headly ... Mrs. Howard

Zach Mills ... Stirling Howard

Kenneth Welsh ... Uncle Hendrick

Madison Davenport ... Ruthie Smithens

Joan Cusack ... Miss Bond

Stanley Tucci ... Jefferson Berk

Dylan Smith ... Frederich

Douglas Nyback ... Billy

Dylan Roberts ... Reporter

Martin Doyle ... Teacher

Colin Mochrie ... Mr. Pennington
Martin Roach ... Hobo Doctor

Austin Macdonald ... Roger
Brieanne Jansen ... Frances Stone
Erin Hilgartner ... Florence Stone

Peter MacNeill ... Sheriff
Erin McMurtry ... Garden Club Lady
Joanna Swan ... Garden Club Lady
Eddie Max Huband ... Blonde Bully (as Eddie Huband)
Frank McAnulty ... Wallet Man
Anna Louise Richardson ... Soup Kitchen Woman (as Anna-Louise Richardson)
David Talbot ... Neighbor

Darryn Lucio ... Deputy

John Healy ... Mr. Stone

Colette Kendall ... Mrs. Stone
Quincy Bullen ... Newsboy
Elisabeth Perez ... Classmate
Jordan Rackley ... Classmate
Eddie Graff ... Sax-Playing Hobo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liam Powley-Webster ... Hobo boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Patricia Rozema 
Writing credits
Ann Peacock (written by)

Valerie Tripp (Kit Kittredge stories)

Produced by
Ellen L. Brothers .... producer
Lisa Roberts Gillan .... producer (as Lisa Gillan)
Jodi Goldberg .... co-producer
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas .... producer
Julie Goldstein .... producer
Terry Gould .... co-producer
Julia Roberts .... executive producer
Marisa Yeres .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joseph Vitarelli 
Cinematography by
David Boyd 
Film Editing by
Julie Rogers 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor 
Production Design by
Peter Cosco 
Art Direction by
Michele Brady 
Set Decoration by
Odetta Stoddard 
Costume Design by
Trysha Bakker 
Makeup Department
Teresa Buccione .... hair stylist
Cliona Furey .... head of hair department
Claudia Gedge .... second assistant makeup artist
Brian Hui .... makeup artist
Marie Nardella .... makeup department head
Rita Pacitto .... hair stylist
Kelly Shanks .... hair stylist
Julia Valente .... first assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Ned Harvey .... post-production manager
Mark L. Mitchell .... post production executive
Michael Wray .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Campbell .... second assistant director
Craig Newman .... third assistant director
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tory Bellingham .... property master
Mike Butt .... head carpenter
Rossana DeCampo .... key scenic artist
Tucker Doherty .... set designer
Neil Floyd .... art department apprentice
J. Ryan Halpenny .... assistant art director
Suzanne Hodson .... set decoration buyer
Yasmyn Lee .... art department coordinator
Yasmyn Lee .... trainee assistant art director
Yassara Monteleone .... graphic designer
John Moran .... graphics
Jeff Poulis .... assistant property master
Robert Shipman .... on-set dresser
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Blaine Twyne .... location head carpenter
Rob Valeriote .... stand-by carpenter
Bill Vance .... construction coordinator
Deborah Vance .... construction accountant
Sound Department
Daniel Cioffi .... sound editor: pre-dubs
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Josh Frieser .... looping
Denise Fuller .... sound editor: pre-dubs
Dan Fulton .... assistant sound editor
Glen Gauthier .... sound mixer
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... supervising sound editor
Brandon Hess .... sound editor: pre dubs
Georgia Hilton .... predub sound mixer
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Craig Kyllonen .... ADR recordist
Tony Lamberti .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Derril Sellers .... sound editor: pre-dubs
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Casey Zanowic .... sound editor: pre dubs
Special Effects by
Mark Mitton .... magic consultant
David Reaume .... special effects technician
Sophie Vertigan .... special effects first assistant
Visual Effects by
Dennis Berardi .... supervising vfx producer: Mr. X Inc.
Sarah Coatts .... visual effects producer: PIC
Anand Dorairaj .... digital compositor
Mike Duffy .... flame artist: Mr X Inc.
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
Annu Gulati .... digital compositor
Victoria Holt .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Karen Kriss .... visual effects producer
Matt Schofield .... matte painting supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Matthew W. Johnson .... smoke artist (uncredited)
Jeffrey G. Barnett .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Berube .... electrician
Zena Bielewicz .... second assistant camera
Vincent Borg .... electrician
Dave Bouskill .... rigging electric best boy
Russel Bowie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Brad Crosbie .... c camera first assistant
Antony Ellis .... camera operator: "c" camera
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator: "a" camera
Lee Guenette .... best boy
Michael Hall .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bob Harper .... key grip
Wilton Higgins .... grip
Ben Lichty .... second assistant camera
Ron Schroeder .... grip
Paul Spaven .... rigging gaffer
Darren Spriet .... camera loader
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator
Franco Tata .... gaffer
Casting Department
Beth Bowling .... casting: New York
Jeremy Gordon .... casting associate
Kathy Kaplan .... casting associate
Kim Miscia .... casting: New York
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
Nadia Lubbe Simon .... casting: New York (as Nadia Lubbe)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Bonniere .... assistant costume designer
Constance Buck .... wardrobe supervisor
Donna Butt .... costume supervisor
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter
Cara Porter .... costume stitcher
Carol Wong .... costume buyer
Editorial Department
Pete Conlin .... post production
Nate Davis .... digital intermediate scanner
Ron Dulin .... assistant editor
Ned Harvey .... post-production coordinator
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Mato .... film timer
Brian Boyd .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
S. Scott Farrar .... post production services: New Line Cinema (uncredited)
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Lesley Barber .... composer: additional music
Lesley Barber .... orchestrator
Charlie Bisharat .... musician: violin soloist
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Bridgette Bryant .... vocalist
Matt Chiaravalle .... music producer
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Brad Dechter .... source arrangements
Greg Dennen .... assistant score engineer
George Doering .... musician
Bruce Dukov .... musician: violin soloist
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Ken Gruberman .... music preparation
Paul Intson .... music editor
Bob Joles .... music preparation
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor (as Evyen J Klean)
David Low .... music contractor
Neil Parfitt .... assistant to composer
Lucas Richman .... conductor
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Nicholas Viterelli .... music editor
Emily Weedon .... piano instructor
Peter Erskine .... musician (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bill Boyd .... picture car captain
John Brunt .... driver
Matthew Garland .... driver
Jay Krueger .... driver
Tim Schau .... transportation
William L. Tataryn .... driver
Dave Wilson .... picture car mechanic
Other crew
Florian Bailleul .... title designer
Lex Batten .... project supervisor: Technicolor
David Ben .... consultant: magic
Laurel Bresnahan .... studio teacher
Paul Chodirker .... legal services
Sarah Christie .... assistant: Ms. Rozema
Catherine Crawford .... assistant location manager
Lynna' Davis .... coach: rollerskating (as Lynna Davis)
Ramona Diaconescu .... script supervisor: second unit
Sean Dooley .... assistant: Ms. Goldsmith-Thomas
Terri Douglas .... adr loop group
Joe Everett .... unit publicist
Julio Ferrario .... creative director: main titles
Natsu Furuichi .... assistant: producer
Megan Gallagher .... adr voice group
Daniel Godwin .... production secretary
Joel Goldes .... dialect coach: pre-production
Matt Graver .... assistant location manager
Pamela B. Green .... main title producer
Kristin Johansen .... adr actor
Oliver Kane .... set production assistant
Andrew Magarian .... acting coach
Aishleen McCann .... production assistant
Robert Milicevic .... craft service
Christie Moreau .... adr artist
Sean Oliver .... adr artist
Karen Perez .... location manager
Diane Pitblado .... on-set dialect coach
A.J. Reynolds .... assistant to producer
Kimber Sider .... assistant: Ms. Rozema
Nora Smith .... assistant: Ms. Goldsmith-Thomas
Kitty Spiropoulos .... production accountant
David Steinberg .... legal services
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Mary Anne Themann .... coach: rollerskating
Rebecca Thornell .... script clearance
Jarik Van Sluijs .... creative director: main titles
Casey Wallace .... production assistant
Trevor White .... color dailies
Amy Wright .... choreographer
Chris Sprister .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"An American Girl Mystery" - International (English title) (short title), UK (short title), USA (short title)
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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Netherlands:AL | Singapore:G | USA:G (certificate #44219)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Madison Davenport dyed her blonde hair brown for her role as Ruthie Smithens.See more »
Anachronisms: When Kitt gives the Cincinnati Register Editor her stories to read, they are in a portfolio envelope. When the Editor opens the portfolio, he removes an attached, corded elastic band which was stretched around the portfolio. Corded elastic bands for these types of thin cardboard portfolios did not exist in 1934. These envelopes would be tied with an attached, flattened cloth grosgrain ribbon type of tie.See more »
Kit Kittredge:[very serious] Do you swear allegiance to the Treehuse Club?
Florence Stone:[solemn] I do.
Kit Kittredge:And if the Ninth Street Club asks you to join their club?
Florence Stone:I will laugh in their faces.
Frances Stone:[whispering] Florence! You're *supposed* to say, 'I will decline'!
Florence Stone:Oh.
[very seriously]
Florence Stone:I will decline... and laugh.
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Movie Connections:
References It Happened One Night (1934)See more »
Ain't We Got FunSee more »


Is "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" based on a novel?
Are there other American Girl movies?
Are the songs in the movie songs that would have been popular in 1934?
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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
This movie was beyond my expectations, 6 July 2008
Author: cklarson-1 from United States

As a writer of women's history, including World War II, this is one of the few films I've seen which really informs. The settings and clothing were accurate. The mix of people was also true to life. But what surprised me the most was that Kit's family came face to face with the personal dilemmas of the Depression. She was not just a child "voyeur", "do-gooder", or "little careerist" removed from the economic and social pressures which is what I had expected. There were a number of very authentic scenes and interchanges. There were also some very interesting characters such as the mobile librarian.

I spoke to a mother as she came out of the theater with her 5 year old (who liked it). She commented that the movie will give youth of today a view of hardship that most don't understand in our now affluent nation. As a child of Depression-era parents that's the truth: both of my parents' families lost wealth due to small town bank failures. My uncle, instead of going to college, had to join the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs).

With that said, however, as a movie I thought the acting uneven. Some of the dialogue seemed a little canned and some words were too contemporary (e.g., Kit: "I was focused on"). But some of that could also just be my first over-reactive impression. I'd have to see it again, to let it all sink in, for as a total historical package it was a lot to absorb, because you have to assess it at several different levels.

But, whether or not you think this is a good or bad movie, in movie terms, this is an important movie for children to see. It is generally fact-based, has depth, and is as authentic a movie as a wholesome, "uplifting" one for 10-year-olds can be. The American Girl phenomenon is true manna from heaven for those of us interested in giving women a place in history.

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