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What a Girl Wants ()


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An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the... See more »

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Daphne Reynolds
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Henry Dashwood
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Libby Reynolds
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Jocelyn Dashwood
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Glynnis Payne
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Alistair Payne
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Ian Wallace
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Clarissa Payne
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Princess Charlotte
Soleil McGhee ...
Young Daphne
Peter Reeves ...
Sir John Dashwood
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Percy
Steven Osborne ...
Staff Member
Mike Toller ...
Libby's Band Member
Tom Penn ...
Libby's Band Member
Tom Goodfellow ...
Libby's Band Member
James Bell ...
Libby's Band Member
Mindy Lee Raskin ...
Bride
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Bride's Father
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Groom
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Noelle
Newton Boothe ...
Taxi Driver
Pieter Vodden ...
Sven
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Girl in Hostel
Steven Anderson ...
Television Reporter
James Woolley ...
Political Advisor One
James Linton ...
Political Advisor Two
Jonah Russell ...
Policeman
Ella Desmond Oakley ...
Baby Daphne
Peter Hugo ...
Prince Charles
Matthew Turpin ...
Prince William
Chris Castle ...
Prince Harry
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Armistead Stuart
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Rufus
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Edward
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Jane
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Fiona
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Fashion Emcee
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Prince Michael (as Antony Carrick)
Neville Phillips ...
Butler
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Lord Orwood
Cassie Powney ...
Peach Orwood
Connie Powney ...
Pear Orwood
Luke Fredericks ...
Ian's Band Member
Tim Fornara ...
Ian's Band Member
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Ian's Band Member
Tom Hanna ...
Ian's Band Member
David Temple ...
Ian's Band Member
David Whitmey ...
Ian's Band Member
Andrew Clarke ...
Male Twin 1
Peter Clarke ...
Male Twin 2
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Newspaper Reporter #1
Sarah Mark ...
Newspaper Reporter #2
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Henry's Secretary
Vernon Preston ...
Duke of Edinburgh
Elizabeth Richard ...
Queen
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Caterer
Matt Acheson ...
Country Club Wedding Singer
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Dancer
Ethel Crichlow ...
Dancer
Ash Croney ...
Dancer
Malcolm Davey ...
Dancer
Layla Ellison ...
Dancer
Peter Jessup ...
Dancer
Jafri Jobaid ...
Dancer
Tony Kemp ...
Dancer
Allan Laza ...
Dancer
Annie Lucas ...
Dancer
Count Prince Miller ...
Dancer
George Miller ...
Dancer
Susan Mills ...
Dancer
Bharti Patel ...
Dancer
Basil Patton ...
Dancer
Barrington Shaw ...
Dancer
Louis Saint-Juste ...
Dancer
Jane Victory ...
Dancer
Sian Todd ...
Dancer
June Walker ...
Dancer
Thomas Michael Voss ...
Dancer
Maureen Waters ...
Dancer
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Butler (uncredited)
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Henry Dashwood's Housekeeper (uncredited)

Directed by

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Dennie Gordon

Written by

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William Douglas-Home ... (play "The Reluctant Debutante")
 
William Douglas-Home ... () (1958 screenplay)
 
Jenny Bicks ... (screenplay) and
Elizabeth Chandler ... (screenplay)

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Denise Di Novi ... producer (produced by)
E.K. Gaylord II ... executive producer
Bill Gerber ... producer (produced by)
Alison Greenspan ... executive producer
Steve Harding ... co-producer
Casey La Scala ... executive producer
Hunt Lowry ... producer (produced by)

Music by

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Rupert Gregson-Williams ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Andrew Dunn

Film Editing by

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Charles McClelland ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Jo Dale ... assistant editor
Catriona Richardson ... assistant editor
Bill Daly ... post-production executive (uncredited)

Casting By

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Suzanne Crowley ... (casting by)
Gilly Poole ... (casting by)

Production Design by

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Michael Carlin

Art Direction by

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Karen Wakefield

Set Decoration by

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Rebecca Alleway

Costume Design by

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Shay Cunliffe ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Francesca Crowder ... hair stylist
Karen Dawson ... key makeup artist / makeup designer
Annabel Jardella ... makeup artist
Ailbhe Lemass ... makeup artist
Ameneh Mahloudji ... makeup artist: Ms. Chancellor
Veronica McAleer ... hair stylist: Mr. Firth (as Veronica Brebner) / makeup artist: Mr. Firth (as Veronica Brebner)
Martin Samuel ... chief hair stylist
Jeanette Redmond ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Rupert Simon ... hairdresser: supporting artists (uncredited)

Production Management

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Zakaria Alaoui ... production manager
Steve Harding ... unit production manager
Marianne Jenkins ... post-production supervisor / unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Noureddine Aberdine ... second assistant director
William Dodds ... third assistant director
Simon Downes ... second assistant director
Carlos Fidel ... third assistant director
Candy Marlowe ... second assistant director (as Candida Marlowe)
Michael Michael ... third assistant director
Michael Murray ... first assistant director
Mohamed Nesrate ... first assistant director
Ed Raymond ... second assistant director (as Eddie Raymond)
Michael Stevenson ... assistant director
Richard Styles ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Richard Field ... stand-by art director
Gary Gleeson ... head of department painter
Kathy Heaser ... art department assistant
Stuart Kearns ... assistant art director
Neil Murrum ... props
Tony Statham ... signs and graphics
Anthony Szuch ... drapesman
Ian Whiteford ... greensman
Debbie Wilson ... production buyer

Sound Department

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Gareth Bull ... foley recordist
Jose R. Castellon ... re-recording engineer: Spanish and Brazilian
Colin Charles ... sound mixer
Gary Dodkin ... boom operator
Mike Dowson ... re-recording mixer
Alan Freedman ... adr mixer
Matt Grimes ... supervising sound editor
Tim Hands ... adr editor
Alistair Hawkins ... assistant sound editor
Michael Redfern ... foley editor
Bjorn Ole Schroeder ... adr supervisor
James Seddon ... dolby consultant
Brian Simmons ... production sound mixer
Mark Taylor ... re-recording mixer
Jack Whittaker ... additional dialogue editor
Michele Woods ... adr recordist
James Boyle ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Tony Auger ... special effects supervisor
Graham Hills ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Debra Coleman ... digital compositor
Aimee Dadswell ... visual effects production assistant: Cinesite (as Aimee Dadswell-Davies)
Dan Harrod ... digital artist
Gill Howe ... production development (as Gillian Roberts)
Sabine Kertscher ... digital compositor
George Plakides ... digital artist
Sue Rowe ... visual effects supervisor
Angie Wills ... visual effects producer
Paula Pope ... digital systems manager (uncredited)

Stunts

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Richard Bradshaw ... stunt double: Colin Firth
George Cottle ... stunt double
Kelly Dent ... stunt double: Kelly Preston
Bradley Farmer ... stunt double: Oliver James
Paul Herbert ... assistant stunt coordinator
Emma Mac ... stunt double
Greg Powell ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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El Mokhtar Aboukal ... video assist operator
Mik Allen ... focus puller: "a" camera
Marc Atherfold ... camera loader: "b" camera
Abderrahim Bissar ... electrician
Victoria Bradshaw ... video playback assistant
Chris Clarke ... camera trainee
Frank Connor ... still photographer
David Cozens ... focus puller: "b" camera
Adam Dale ... aerial director of photography
Kate Filby ... clapper loader: "c" camera
Simon Harding ... Steadicam operator
Alex Howe ... first assistant camera: UK
Martin Hume ... camera operator
Malcolm Huse ... grip
Tony Jackson ... additional camera operator / steadicam operator
Andy Long ... gaffer
Jamie Mills ... electrician
Paul Molloy ... practical electrics senior technician
Russell O'Connor ... crane technician
Miles Proudfoot ... camera loader: "a" camera
Gary Smith ... grip
Alan Stewart ... additional cinematographer: second unit
William Tracey ... best boy
Peter Hodgson ... video assist operator: dailies (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Louis Elman ... adr voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charlotte Child ... costume assistant
Annie Crawford ... costume supervisor
Susan MacKenzie ... set seamstress
Dulcie Scott ... costume assistant
Liz Dann ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Nick Daubeny ... location manager
Steve Hart ... location manager
Steve Harvey ... assistant location manager
Robin Higgs ... location manager
Phil Hounam ... location manager
David O'Reilly ... assistant location manager
Genevieve West ... assistant location manager (as Genevieve Faria)

Music Department

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Lorne Balfe ... music arranger
Debra Baum ... music supervisor
James Bellamy ... assistant music editor
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestral contractor
Alastair King ... conductor / orchestrator
Tony Lewis ... music editor
Bruce White ... musician: viola
Nick Wollage ... score recordist

Other crew

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Keziah Barton-White ... assistant script supervisor
James Broom ... accounts assistant
Matt Curtis ... title designer
Maureen Poon Fear ... assistant: Denise Di Novi
Jen Gasson ... assistant: Denise Di Novi
Lara Golder ... assistant: Dennie Gordon
Giles Harding ... set production assistant: Morocco
Carey-Leah Havrilko ... assistant: Alison Greenspan
Lisa Heathcote ... food stylist
Nick Hussey ... production assistant
Nikki Inwood ... stand-in: Kelly Preston
Amy Irvine ... stand in/double: Amanda Bynes
Jennifer Kelly ... assistant: Bill Gerber
Aileen Kiernan ... assistant: Hunt Lowry
Lisa-Kim Ling Kuan ... assistant accountant
Rhys Maitland-Jones ... sync rushes
Boo Motjuoadi ... assistant production coordinator (as Lebo 'Boo' Motjuoadi)
Paula Price ... adr loop group leader
Angela Pyle ... production assistant
Peter Rawlinson ... assistant: Casey La Scala
Chris Warren ... video coordinator
Deborah Willey ... production assistant
Beverly Winston ... script supervisor
Erin Lacey ... production executive (uncredited)
Toby White ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Loosely based on the 1958 comedy The Reluctant Debutante starring Sandra Dee, the family-friendly comedy What a Girl Wants features popular Nickelodeon teen star Amanda Bynes in her first feature-starring performance after her debut in Big Fat Liar. She plays teenager Daphne Reynolds, who lives in New York City with her musician mother, Libby (Kelly Preston). After she turns 17, Daphne is undecided about her future, so she takes off by herself to London in search of her father. She immediately meets cute musician Ian (Oliver James) before sneaking in to her father's estate to surprise him. He turns out to be Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth), a fabulously wealthy aristocrat who doesn't even know that she exists. He had met her mother in Morocco and the two were married in a tribal ceremony. Upon their return to England, she left him and went back to the U.S. without ever revealing that she was pregnant. The uptight Henry is already flustered by his campaign for election, advised by doting aide Alistair Payne (Jonathan Pryce). His no-nonsense fiancee, Glynnis (Anna Chancellor), and her bratty daughter, Clarissa (Christina Cole), are threatened by Daphne's presence, thinking that she will hurt Henry's political aspirations by causing a scandal. However, the family matriarch (Eileen Atkins) takes a liking to her and she soon finds herself trying to liven things up at several stuffy aristocratic parties. Meanwhile, the evil Glynnis and Clarissa conspire against her by trying to sabotage her appearance, leading up to the conclusion at Daphne's very own coming-out party.

Plot Keywords
Taglines Trying to fit in. Born to stand out. See more »
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Also Known As
  • London Calling (United States)
  • American Girl (United States)
  • Royal Seventeen (Japan, English title)
  • Ce dont rêvent les filles (France)
  • Was Mädchen wollen (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,434,964, 06 Apr 2003
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $14,622,111, 06 Nov 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia Kelly Preston and Oliver James did all of their singing in the movie. See more »
Goofs Both Henry and Daphne are referred to incorrectly. As the hereditary Earl of Wycombe Henry Dashwood would not be referred to as 'Lord Dashwood' as he is in the film, but 'Lord Wycombe' whilst Daphne, as the daughter of an Earl would not be referred to as 'Miss Daphne Dashwood' But Lady Daphne Dashwood. In fact it states early in the film that Henry has given up his seat in the House of Lords, but as hereditary seats are attached to peerages, not individuals, the only way for him to do this would be to give up the peerage altogether, and as such become 'Mr Henry Dashwood'. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Film Geek (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Good Life See more »
Quotes Ian: Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you are born to stand out?
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