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An American Girl Holiday (2004)

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (original title)
Not Rated | | Family, Drama | TV Movie 23 November 2004
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:

An American Girl Holiday See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

The flame on the candle during the dinner scene in New York differs between shots. 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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Very Sweet Movie
23 November 2004 | by MysticSongstress16See all my reviews

When I was a little girl these type of period films about children and largely for children were very popular. And I haven't seen that many as of late, but I'm hoping that this light and heartwarming film might revive the genre. Samantha an American Girl Holiday was sweet, and light. Those two words are the perfect terms to me. The friendship between the fortunate orphan Samantha, and the unfortunate orphan sisters is fairly realistic, but lets not forget that the main actors in this movie are children. Mia Farrow has a pretty small, yet important part as the Grandmere of Samantha and the guardian for the little girl ever since the death of her mother. After going to visit her uncle and his new bride in New York, the story takes a slightly darker turn as she attempts to help the three girls escape from a local orphanage in which the lady over it is crooked and heartless. There is a scene inside of a factory which shows just a small portion of the horror of factory life for poor children. The end is incredibly happy, and her aunt and uncle could not be more perfect and loving. I adore her uncle. Stronger examples of the genre would be The Secret Garden (1993) and A Little Princess.


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