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An American Girl Holiday (2004)

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (original title)
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.

Director:

Nadia Tass

Writer:

Valerie Tripp ("Samantha" stories from the "The American Girl Collection")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mia Farrow ... Grandmary Edwards
AnnaSophia Robb ... Samantha Parkington
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenner Ames Kenner Ames ... Mr. O'Malley
Stewart Arnott ... The Doctor
Olivia Ballantyne ... Jenny O'Malley
Jordan Bridges ... Uncle Gard
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown ... Factory Lady
Stan Coles Stan Coles
Hannah Endicott-Douglas ... Bridget O'Malley
Karen Eyo ... School Principal
Michele Ferney Michele Ferney
Angela Fusco
Keir Gilchrist ... Factory Boy
Alanna Glass Alanna Glass
Bruce Gooch Bruce Gooch ... The Admiral
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Family | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Girls: Samantha See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Gardner kisses his mother goodbye after the wedding the brim of his hat is covered with rice, as he turns and grabs Samantha's hand there is no rice on his hat. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samantha: [Narrating as she and Eddie were running around] It all began one day last April. I was living with my Grandmary in Mount Bedford, New York. And she was determined to teach me to become a proper young lady.
[climbs up on a tree]
Samantha: But that day, in particular, I was more interested in getting away from my next-door nuisance Eddie Ryland.
Eddie Ryland: Samantha!
[finds Samantha up on a tree]
Eddie Ryland: You're so dumb, you probably think three times four is twelve.
Samantha: Three times four is twelve, Eddie. Now if you ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Abide with Me
(uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
[Hymn during church]
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Sweet, Lovely Film
3 December 2006 | by MagicStarfireSee all my reviews

10 stars

I greatly enjoyed this sweet, gentle film set in 1904, about two young girls who become friends, and the troubles that befall them and how they deal with those problems.

The young actresses playing these roles did very well and made the characters seem real, and made me care about them. All the little girls were adorable.

Samantha is well off financially and lives with her grandmother (played by Mia Farrow - a treat to see her), but Samantha is an orphan and has lost both her parents in a boating accident.

Grandmother's beautiful, old mansion is out in the countryside and Samantha is a little bit lonely, when an Irish lass, Nellie, her father, and Nellie's two younger sisters arrive, to work at the neighbor's home next door.

Nellie's mother is deceased, and her family is poor, so they all have to work, despite being only children. (The film also deals with child labor.) Nellie and Samantha become fast friends, and Samantha is quite resourceful in helping her friends.

I really liked this movie and highly recommend it. Young girls will love it, and it has enough story interest that an adult will not be bored watching it either.


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