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An American Girl Adventure (2005)

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 29 November 2005
When Felicity meets Penny, a beautiful copper - colored mare, she knows with all her heart that she must free Penny from her cruel owner. Felicity desperately wishes for that same sureness ... See full summary »

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Nadia Tass

Writers:

Anna Sandor (teleplay), Valerie Tripp ("Felicity" stories from "The American Girl Collection")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shailene Woodley ... Felicity Merriman
Kevin Zegers ... Ben Davidson
David Gardner David Gardner ... Grandfather
John Schneider ... Mr. Edward Merriman
Marcia Gay Harden ... Mrs. Martha Merriman
Bruce Beaton ... Mr. Cole
Peter Cockett Peter Cockett
Harry Crane Harry Crane
Jean Daigle Jean Daigle
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge
Robinne Fanfair ... Rose
Rothaford Gray ... Marcus
Lynne Griffin ... Lady Templeton
Katie Henney ... Elizabeth Cole
Juliet Holland-Rose Juliet Holland-Rose ... Annabelle Cole
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When Felicity meets Penny, a beautiful copper - colored mare, she knows with all her heart that she must free Penny from her cruel owner. Felicity desperately wishes for that same sureness of heart about the rumors of revolution swirling through Williamsburg. Felicity's father believes that the colonies should be free from England's rule, but her beloved grandfather and her best friend Elizabeth both support the king. With fiercely conflicting loyalties dividing the colonists, something as simple as a cup of tea could divide Felicity from her best friend forever. As Christmas draws near, Felicity struggles to hold her family and friends close, and to find ways for love and friendship to rise above the growing conflicts.

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Drama | Family

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An American Girl Adventure See more »

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Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Shailene Woodley was 14 when she did the movie. See more »

Goofs

Christmas Carolers (if there were any in 1775) would not have been singing "Deck the Halls" in 1775. The English language version of that carol ("Nos Galen" a New Year's song from Wales) did not appear until the 1880s. See more »

Quotes

Jiggy Nye: [to Felicity; after she distracted him from causing further harm to Penny] Git away with ye! Ye spooked my horse!
Felicity Merriman: [furiously] You spooked the horse YOURSELF!
Jiggy Nye: [to Ben] Well, wha' do ye want?
Ben Davidson: [holding out a bit and bridle] I have your bit and bridle, sir.
Jiggy Nye: Give it to me!
[Ben takes the bit and bridle out of Jiggy Nye's reach]
Ben Davidson: [gravely] I'm waiting for payment sir.
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O Come All Ye Faithful
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Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
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Pleasant and inspiring Revolutionary War era family film
1 December 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

In 1775 Williamsburg, Virginia, Felicity Merriman is turning 10 and learning to be a proper young lady, which is what girls did in those days. But Felicity longs to be so much more. And she gets several chances in this movie to make her world better, not just sit back and let the men and the grownups do everything.

Felicity's father, who runs a store, is a patriot who believes the colonies are being mistreated, but her grandfather who has a plantation near Yorktown, is loyal to the king, and the family gets into some disagreements over this. Felicity's best friend is Elizabeth, whose parents are loyalists. Elizabeth's uptight sister is Annabelle. Ben is an apprentice in the store, but he wants to join the fighting even though he is 15. Nan is Felicity's younger sister, and Rose is the family's black servant.

Felicity falls in love with a wild horse being mistreated by tanner Jiggy Nye, who was a nice man until he lost his wife. Felicity names the horse Penny.

Eventually, Felicity shows herself to be quite mature and quite capable of getting things done, improving the lives of those around her, and, by the film's end, showing what Christmas is really about.

This is a fine film for children of all ages with no offensive content. The acting seems a little uptight, but that's common for films depicting the Revolutionary War era. The story makes it clear that even a little girl can accomplish a great deal, though Felicity seems a little too heroic to be realistic.

Shailene Woodley does quite a good job as the film's hero. Marcia Gay Harden also impresses as the devoted but conservative mother. I also loved to hate Juliet Holland-Rose as Annabelle. Geza Kovacs shows a wide range as Jiggy Nye. I think everyone in a leading role does a good job.

The dancing looked quite good as well. I know nothing about the minuet or other dances of the time, but the choreography looked good to me.

If you're a little girl or anyone who likes warm holiday fare, this is the movie for you.


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