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A Cinderella Story (2004)

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Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance.

Director:

Mark Rosman

Writer:

Leigh Dunlap
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Duff ... Sam
Jennifer Coolidge ... Fiona
Chad Michael Murray ... Austin
Dan Byrd ... Carter
Regina King ... Rhonda
Julie Gonzalo ... Shelby
Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Wells
Madeline Zima ... Brianna
Andrea Avery Ray Andrea Avery Ray ... Gabriella (as Andrea Avery)
Mary Pat Gleason ... Eleanor
Paul Rodriguez ... Bobby
Whip Hubley ... Sam's Dad
Kevin Kilner ... Austin's Dad
Erica Hubbard ... Madison
Simon Helberg ... Terry
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Storyline

Samantha or "Sam", has a rough childhood with her father dying in an earthquake and a new stepmother with two awful daughters. But on the bright side, Sam has an awesome best friend named Carter and an email relationship with a guy named Nomad. One day, Sam gets an email from her Nomad saying that he wants to meet her in the middle of the dance floor at their high school Halloween dance. She accepts the invitation and glides into the room wearing the best outfit ever. Her Nomad takes her outside where they share a romantic dance together and Sam realizes that her email friend is the most popular guy in school, Austin Ames. She runs back to her stepmother's diner before she knows she went to the dance and drops her phone on the way. Austin finds it and starts a search for his Cinderella. Written by bella yeager

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Once upon a time... can happen any time.

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and innuendo | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | German | Czech

Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled 'Cinderella' Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Monrovia, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,623,350, 18 July 2004

Gross USA:

$51,438,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,067,909
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| SDDS (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Carter's first scene he is rehearsing a line for a role saying "anything is possible if you just believe." At the end of the movie he is in a comercial for the Believe acne cream and says "anything is possible if you just Believe" See more »

Goofs

The camera and a crew member can clearly be seen in Gabriela's car when she is practicing her "speech" at the gas station. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam: Once upon a time, in a far away kingdom, lived a beautiful little girl and her widowed father.
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Connections

Version of Sinderella & Me (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hear You Me
Written by Jim Adkins (as James Adkins), Tom Linton (as Thomas D. Linton), Rick Burch (as Richard Byrch), and Zach Lind (as Zachary Lind)
Performed by Jimmy Eat World
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Re-make proves to be watch-worthy...
16 January 2005 | by roswellian-1See all my reviews

I will admit I like Hilary Duff. She's perky and giggly, and certainly sweet. So when I bought this movie, I was expecting a light and fluffy movie.

The movie was light and fluffy, but it was also endearing as well. Duff shined in this role; definitely her best one yet. She played Cinderella (aka Sam) perfectly and with such innocence and poise. Chad Michael Murray was the surprise of the movie, however, playing Prince Charming (aka Austin) with all the charm and charisma you'd expect from one.

The music was an added touch to this cutesy film, every scene memorable in it's own way (particularily at the end during the football game).

Jennifer Coolidge's character was the only disappointment in the movie. Fiona could have had so much more depth to her character in this film and the way she was portrayed clashed with the overall feeling of the movie.

Who knew that if you substituted a glass slipper with a cell phone you'd get such a wonderfully sweet re-make? Definitely recommended to those that can watch a movie with girl-y fluff.


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