Samantha - An American Girl Holiday

7.11 h 26 min2004X-RayALL
A girl moves in with her grandmother.
Nadia Tass
Mia FarrowAnnaSophia RobbKenner Ames
English [CC]
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1287 global ratings

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Knoxpatch NormReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Aimed at Girls, Mmybe 6-12, and Really Nice
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Very nicely written, acted, and directed with excellent settings. It may be aimed at girls 6-16 or so.

It's about a girl in New York City (NYC) about 1900. She makes friends with an immigrant family from Ireland with three girls. The mother had died, and soon the father dies and the girls end up in an ophanage in NYC. The movie is based on strong versions of the norm common in US girls to help others in need, and the three immigrant girls need a lot of help.

There is a LOT of US 'social history' in the movie: The main girl is from a moderately wealthy family. Via that family and others get to see some strong and bitter 'social stratification'. So, see a lot of how such girls lived. She has an uncle with a good paying job although we get no details. He meets a woman, and there is a Victorian style wedding -- really elaborate. There is a lot on women voting and getting rid of the "old ways". There is a lot on sweat shop factories, unsafe child labor, and abusive orphanages. Then can see the role of some wealthy people working, e.g., as members of a board of directors, to solve some of the social problems. Get to see what a private girl's school was like. And there is the best performance of the Bach C major prelude I have ever heard, better than any I found on YouTube. The performer uses a lot of piano pedal and keeps careful continuity through all the chord and key changes and to the climax and ending. My guess is that girls will like it although not all girls 6-16 will get the hints at the social and economic history.
ProfessormomReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Victorian Era Sails Along the Hudson Into the 20th Century
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If you liked the movie Pollyanna, you will enjoy this nice little snapshot of life during the transition between the late 1800s and the early days of the 20th century. The lifestyle of the wealthy and the lower class is subtly contrasted as the story unfolds. The scenery and costuming is beautiful and effectively contrasted by the attire and dwellings of the wealthy and those that serve them. The bucolic and pastoral setting of Samantha's home regally stationed along the Hudson River shifts to New York City where the poor do not fare as well as their countryside peers. Through dialogue and twists of the story's plot, we begin to recognize how the role of corruption and ignorance among both classes played huge roles in the fate of the have-nots. It also shows how one person can rouse others to take an interest in a cause and work hard to make improvements in the quality of life for others. While the movie is probably of greater interest to a younger audience and those who enjoy romantic stories, the movie's moral and civic values present a grand opportunity to bring history to life and become a resource to understanding a transitional period in history and what parallels we might find within our own time. If you are looking for a quaint romantic story with strong values and happy endings, this is for you.
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Megan SeilerReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Maybe not for sensitive kids?
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There is a scene part way through the movie where a boy gets his fingers stuck in a machine at a factory and is screaming. My kids found this very disturbing and didn't want to watch the rest of the movie. Otherwise they were enjoying it, but maybe just a warning for sensitive/little kids?
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HonestBuyerReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved this movie
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Great movie. Great to show kids about different times. I ordered this movie before I surprised my nieces with a Samantha and Nellie American girl doll. We learned about times before women could vote, we learned about orphanages, we learned about servants and how kids had to work if they were poor. We learned about many interesting topics and after the movie we donated to foster kids for Christmas.
notable914Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Recomended for any age
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As an adult far above the age this movie is geared toward, I loved it. A period drama with wonderful costumes and beautiful scenery and a wholesome feel anyone's Grandmother would love.. it's good for any age. I've seen several of the other American Girl movies and loved them - the Revolutionary War era was just wonderful as was Kit Kitteridge.. There is so much pain and turmoil in the world, a movie like this is a way to think upon all things lovely and good and uplifting.. I realize this review could be for any of these movies but that is because they are really well done..
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Maryanne SchubertReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is indeed a sweet movie for families or if you just like that Hallmark type of movie feeling. It was truly enjoyed several times through the past holidays and I am very happy that I did purchase it.
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Jwolf1877Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Important History shared in a wonderful story
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I have seen this American Girl movie on several occasions. I find the story and cinematography to be very good. What a wonderful opportunity to see into the lives of youngsters at this time in history.

I recently purchased this video to share with my 8 year old daughters third grade class. They were going to visit the Governor's Mansion on a field trip. This is a wonderful victorian home. Rather than just seeing it as is today, I wanted them to see the video to get an idea of life in the early 1900"s. i also wanted them to understand the problems that children and society had at that time. This movie clearly shows people dealing with issues like Womens Sufferage, Child labor, and the lack of mandatory education.

Good movie and good educational film
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CamilleReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely Movie!
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My daughter is into American Girl so we rented this movie to watch and it’s such a lovely movie. I’m looking forward to watch the other AG movies.
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