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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0065JHNJG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,992 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 July 2008
Format: DVD
By way of disclosure, I am an American Girls Junkie, as are my wife and daughter. Their books and movies provide an excellent mechanism with which to teach living history to young girls. "Samantha, An American Girl Holiday" is no exception.

For those of you unfamiliar with Samantha, she is a wealthy orphan living in New York in 1904. This movie tells the story of Samantha's developing friendship with Nellie O' Malley, the daughter of an Irish domestic servant. As the film progresses, the viewer enjoys the breakdown of distinctions between social classes, first among the children, then among the adults.

From an historical perspective, it shows the life of the wealthy, their servants and the suffragette movement.

The movie is Pollyannaish, to be sure, but still delightful. Enjoy as you learn!
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By Richard Hubac on 19 Dec. 2014
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Excellent film, excellent performances AnnySophie Robb.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
They did a good job with this! 16 Dec. 2004
By Karen K. Hart - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was probably Samantha's age when I got into the American Girls books, and now I'm closer to Aunt Cornelia's age, which is a little mind-boggling to me. I wasn't expecting much from this movie, but I really liked it, and my husband did too. Some of the actors are better than others, but AnnaSophia Robb really carries her role. If her hair color were as convincing as her acting, it would be easy to get lost in the moment. Mia Farrow, Jordan Bridges, and Rebecca Mader all do a great job, as well.
I did notice some odd little plot changes and wonder why they were there. Was Jessie's storyline cut because of time restrictions? Was it impossible to include non-Nellie-related adventures? Did we really see, in the movie, how important Lydia (the doll) was to Samantha and how significant it was to give her away? And wasn't the jar stolen from Eddie Ryland originally full of bugs rather than coins?
Most of my issues with the movie are based on my having read the books rather than on the movie itself (although I do wonder why the girls can't pronounce "da"!), and the movie can stand on its own--it's that good. The whole family can enjoy a movie like this together; although the DVD extras do seem to be aimed at the younger portion of the family audience, they are interesting for even adults to watch once. I hope there are more American Girls movies to look forward to in the future.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have! 5 Nov. 2005
By Campbell - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My 6 year old daughter has read all of the Samantha adventures, and was excited to get this movie as a gift. It is a nice story with all the books woven together. The acting, scenery, costuming, and music are all first rate and true to the American Girl line. Most importantly, it is wonderful to have a movie that captivates children and has such wonderful lessons of kindness, giving, standing up for what you believe, and sacrificing for others. It's very hard to find true gems like this among all the trash they make for girls these days. As a mom, I am so grateful that there are people still willing to make quality movies with traditional values for young girls today. This is definatly a must have for any girl age 6-12.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Okay, I admit it, I watched it.... 29 Nov. 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: DVD
I'm older than what many people would except to find still liking something like American girl dolls, but I'm a kid at heart. When I heard that Samantha was going to have a movie, I was elated. I've had my doll for over five years now. And I have the books, all of them, too, thank you very much.

It's about Samantha Parkington, a girl who is living in 1904, and is living with her grandmother since she's an orphan. She wants some sort of playmate (since she dispises her next door neighbor, Eddie Ryland). She meets Nellie O'Mally, a hired girl who works for the Rylands. They become instant friends, and they stick together, through the thick and thin of their lives, including the tragedy of Nellie's life.

Personally, I missed the story of the original Samantha book, Meet Samantha, where Nellie and Samntha go looking for Jessie, the seamstress who suddely quit and moved away from Samntha. Jessie's got a minor part now, and is a maid instead. Also, what has not been mentioned in the reviews yet is that Cornelia's two twin sisters, Agnes and Agatha, two girls who are Samntha's age, are changed! Agnes, to my knowledge, is Cornelia's older sister, who has a daughter named (you guessed it) Agatha. I missed the two feisty red-heads!

Although they lost some of the books heart and plot (the books are fifty pages each, people! Not too hard to adapt!) I was pleased how wonderfully done this movie was. It was eye-candy, too. The houses and scenery was delicious. I loved AnnaSophia Robb as Samantha, but Mia Farrow wasn't exactly the Grandmary I was hoping for. Someone a bit more aged and strict, but you can't ask for much. I hope they make movies on the other American girls as well!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Heart-Warming and Really Cute 16 Jan. 2005
By Serene Night - Published on
Format: DVD
I'm a big fan of period drama, and while Samantha- An American Girl Holiday, is clearly geared towards girls, I found myself really enjoying this film, and I'm an adult! This follows the adventures of Samantha- an orphan who lives with her strict Grandmother GrandMarie in Upper New York. She befriends a young Irish girl who was hired to be a maid for a next door neighbor. Samantha's friendship with Nellie was very well portrayed, and all the characters- included Sam's aunt and uncle were great.

This is a fun classic for those who want a warm, feel-good story to perk up those winter months, or to share with your kids or other kids at heart! I certainly hope they make more books in this series as this film was wonderul and entertaining! Five Stars.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Watch the Movie; Read the Books 2 Dec. 2004
By V. Baskerville - Published on
Format: DVD
A mere week after the premiere of "Samantha-An American Girl Holiday," I may have seen the movie more than anyone in the world. We taped it for our 8-year-old but, while she's at school, our 2-year-old repeatedly asks to watch "Amackan Girl." So, watch it we do. This movie is a must see for the American Girl in your household. Technically, it's not particularly good, but your children will not notice the bad acting. Instead, they'll take home the movie's lessons and empathize with the girls in the movie.
Rebecca Mader as Cornelia far and away does the best job of re-creating the character we meet in the books (and her acting is the best in the show). But, poor Mia Farrow doesn't have a chance to embody her book counterpart; screen Grandmary was written as a far less stern (and far younger) presence than print Grandmary. I think the print Grandmary better portrays the way women were in 1904.
So, do yourself a favor: Don't let your children miss this movie, but please read the books!
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