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A Cinderella Story
A young man and a young woman standing in front of a white background. The man wears a grey shirt with black sleeves, blue jeans and black sneakers with white shoelaces. The woman, being carried on his back, wears a white tiara, white ballgown and pink-and-white sneakers with white shoelaces. On their image, the text "A Cinderella Story" is written in blue print, with the phrase "Once upon a time... can happen anytime" is written in black print to their right.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Rosman
Produced by Clifford Werber
Ilyssa Goodman
Hunt Lowry
Dylan Sellers
Written by Leigh Dunlap
Starring Hilary Duff
Jennifer Coolidge
Chad Michael Murray
Regina King
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Editing by Cara Silverman
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 16, 2004 (2004-07-16)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $19 million[1]
Gross revenue $70,067,909[1]
Followed by Another Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story is a 2004 American romantic comedy film. The film stars Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray and Regina King and was directed by Mark Rosman. The film's plot revolves around two Internet pen pals (Duff and Murray) who meet at a school dance and fall in love but two different worlds keep them apart.

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Plot

Sam Montgomery (Hilary Duff) lives in the San Fernando Valley with her widowed father Hal (Whip Hubley), who runs a diner known as Hal's Diner. At the diner, Hal meets a woman named Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge), who he soon marries. One night, as Sam and Hal are talking in Sam's bedroom, the 1994 Northridge earthquake strikes and kills Hal. As he supposedly left no will, Fiona received all of his belongings, including the diner, where, eight years later, she makes Sam work.

Undergoing bullying from Fiona, her stepsisters Brianna (Madeline Zima) and Gabriella (Andrea Avery) and the popular students at North Valley High School, Sam confides in her online pen pal Nomad, who wishes to attend Princeton University with her. Little to her knowledge, Nomad is actually Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray), the quarterback of the school's football team and one of the popular students whose friends pick on Sam. Austin, wanting to know Sam's identity, proposes that they meet at the school's Halloween dance. Sam initially does not respond to the proposal as she believes he is "too good to be true", but her friend Carter Farrell (Dan Byrd) convinces her to go to the dance and meet Austin.

On the night of the dance, Fiona asks Sam to work the night shift at the diner. When Fiona leaves the diner to drive Brianna and Gabriella to the dance, Carter and Rhonda (Regina King), Sam's co-worker at the diner, take Sam to find a costume for the dance. Sam, wearing a mask, then meets Austin at the dance. At first she is surprised and upset that it was Austin. But he soon wins her over. After he asks her a series of questions, Sam's cell phone alarm goes off warning her to get back to the diner before Fiona arrives at midnight, and she leaves without revealing to Austin her identity.

Brianna and Gabriella discover the emails Austin and Sam have been sending each other and present them to Shelby Cummings (Julie Gonzalo), Austin's ex-girlfriend, and convince her that Sam persuaded him to leave Shelby to be with her. To retaliate, Shelby, Brianna and Gabriella perform a skit at a school pep rally where the emails are read aloud and Sam's identity is revealed to Austin, humiliating her. Shortly after, frustrated with Fiona's persistent emotional abuse, Sam quits her job at the diner and moves out to live with Rhonda.

Before a school football game, Sam confronts Austin about how his personality differs with her and with his friends. Before the final play of the game, he sees Sam making her way out of the stands and runs to apologize to her. She accepts his apology and they kiss in the stands as it begins to rain. Soon after, she finds Hal's will hidden in a book, which stated that all of his belongings would go to her. Fiona, who signed the will as a witness, is taken in for questioning for lying about its existence. As part of an agreement she makes with the Los Angeles County district attorney, Fiona, instead of serving time in jail, works at the diner, which Sam and Rhonda now own. Sam and Austin begin their relationship and attend Princeton together.

Cast

Cast Role Character Based on
Hilary Duff Samantha Montgomery Cinderella
Chad Michael Murray Austin Ames Prince Charming
Jennifer Coolidge Fiona Montgomery Wicked Stepmother
Regina King Rhonda Fairy Godmother
Madeline Zima Brianna Stepsister
Andrea Avery Gabriella Stepsister
Dan Byrd Carter Farrell Jaq the Mouse
Julie Gonzalo Shelby Cummings Lucifer

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

A Cinderella Story is a 2004 film about a girl who named Samantha Montgomery who is routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother but is now excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance.

Directed by Mark Rosman. Written by Leigh Dunlap
Once upon a time... can happen any time.

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Sam Montgomery

  • [to Austin] You turned out to be exactly who I thought you were. I never pretended to be somebody else. It's been me all along. And it was me who was hurt in front of everybody. Look, I didn't come here to yell at you, okay? I came to tell you, I know what it feels like to be afraid to show who you are. I was. But not anymore. And the thing is, I don't care what people think about me... because I believe in myself. And I know that things are gonna be okay. But even though I have no family, and no job, and no money for college...it's you that I feel sorry for. I know that the guy who sent those emails is somewhere down inside of you, but I can't wait for him, because waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought: useless and disapointing.
  • Maybe this whole relationship is just better off in cyberspace.
  • [narrating] It was the kind of place where diet was a four letter word, and grease came at no additional charge.
  • [ending monologue] As for Austin and me, well, I finally got my cell phone back. We ended up going to Princeton together, and we lived happily ever after. Well, at least for now. Hey, I'm just a freshman!

Fiona

  • [to Sam] There's something I've always wanted to tell you: you're not very pretty, and you're not very bright. Glad we had this talk.
  • [to Sam] People go to school to get smarter, so that they can get a job. You already have a job, so it's like skipping a step.
  • I have never seen my husband's hidden will before!!!

Others

  • Sam's Dad: Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
  • Carter: Have no fear! Zorro is here... [slight pause] AND HE'S GOT THE KEYS TO HIS DAD'S MERCEDES!
  • Shelby: [Sam walks down the main stairs into the dance] Love her dress. Hate her.

Dialogue

Sam and Austin

Austin: Do you know what bugs me?
Sam: People taking your order?
Austin: No. Taking people's orders.
Sam: Why would you have to do that?

Austin: Ever feel like if you show somebody who you really are, they won't accept you?
Sam: Yeah I do, like who you are is isn't good enough.
Austin: Yeah.
Sam: Like your wearing a mask?
Austin: That's exactly how I feel!
Sam: Like you just want to tell the person it's me, I'm the one you've been looking for.
Austin: Yeah.
Sam: Austin, I'm....
Fiona: Sam! Now!
Sam: Wait! [to Austin] I'm busy.
Austin: No it's fine. I got to bounce. [gets up to leave] Oh. Thanks

Austin: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Sam: I'll let you know.

Austin: But I've seen you before?
Sam: Yes.
Austin: How could I have seen you before, and not know who you are now?
Sam: Maybe you were looking, but not really seeing.

Sam: I'm late!
Austin: For what?
Sam: Reality.

[Sam storms into the boys' locker room right before the big game to speak to Austin.]
Austin: Sam! Okay, I know you think I'm just some...
Sam: [madly] Coward? Phony?
Austin: [taken aback] Okay, just listen-
Sam: [still mad] No, you listen. You turned out to be exactly who I thought you were. I never pretended to be somebody else. It's been me all along! And it was me who was hurt in front of everybody! [calms down] Look, I didn't come here to yell at you, okay? I came to tell you, I know what it feels like to be afraid to show who you are. I was. But not anymore. And the thing is, I really don't care what people think about me...because I believe in myself. And I know that things are gonna be okay. But even though I have no family, and no job, and no money for college...it's you that I feel sorry for.
Austin's dad: Dude heads up! Three minutes!
Austin: [still looking at Sam] Yeah, I'm coming!
Sam: I know that the guy that sent those e-mails is somewhere down inside of you, but I can't wait for him, because waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought: useless and disappointing. [walks off]
Austin: [sadly] Sam? [punches locker]

Austin: You need a wax.
Sam: Excuse me?
Austin: [laughs] I meant the car.


Sam: Don't you know who I am?
Austin: Of course I do. You're Princeton Girl. You're the girl I've been waiting to meet. I know exactly who you are! What's your name?


Austin: You're not a guy, right? 'Cause if you are I'll kick your butt.
Sam: [chuckles] I am not a guy.


Sam: Austin? What are you doing?
Austin: Something I should have done a long time ago.
[he kisses her, it starts to rain, they both look up]
Austin: Sorry I waited for the rain.
Sam: It's okay.


Others

David: I think I just saw your life flash before your eyes.
Carter: Oh. Did you see the part where I ran away?


Fiona: Is this the Norwegian Salmon that I asked for?
Sam: Mhm...Only the best.
Fiona: Mmm. I can tell. You know it costs a fortune to fly that stuff in from Norwegia.


Shelby: What can I get on this menu that doesn't have sugar, no carbs and is fat-free?
Sam: Uhm...Water.


Sam: Terry? Are you Nomad?
Terry: Nomad? Indeed. I have traveled through time and space to find you. Now join me in the mating dance of Zion!


Sam: So... Who'd you guys pay to make your cars so dirty?
Brianna: Excuse me? Like, what are you, the Dirt Police?
Gabriella: [laughs] Yeah! The Dirt Police! Like, excuse me miss, do you know how fast your dirt was going?
Brianna: You should've stopped at the Dirt Police.


Austin: Shelby, we really need to talk... privately.
Shelby: Anything you say to me, you can say in front of my peeps.
Austin: Okay. I want to break up.


Austin: What up, guys?
David: What up.
Ryan: Sorry about your costume you lost, Austin.
Austin: It's all good, my friends.
David: No, it's not all good, bro. Now we don't get to be the Three Musketeers. You get to be Prince Charming, and we're the two wimps in wigs.
Austin: [laughs]


Sam: Hello?
Fiona: Sam? Some little rat got into my salmon, and ate it all! I need more salmon! And pick up my dry cleaning. And wash the Jag!


Fiona: No honey, leave those on! The lawn's looking a little brown.
Sam: You know we're supposed to be conserving water! We're in the middle of a drought!
Fiona: Droughts are for poor people, you think J-Lo has a brown lawn? People who use extra water have extra class.


Sam: [Carter and Sam are driving back towards the diner and Carter drives slow with his Dad's Mercedes] Carter, you could have totally made that light.
Carter: Uh, FYI Sam, yellow means slow down, not speed up.
Sam: I need the Fast and the Furious, not Driving Miss Daisy.


Austin: [after Brianna and Gabriella both tell him that they're his mystery girl] Ladies, ladies, I can solve this very easily. The girl I'm looking for lost something. What was it?
Gabriella: Oh that's easy! A wallet!
[Austin gives her a weird look]
Gabriella: I mean a purse... um... a wallet-purse.
Austin: [succinctly] No.
Brianna: Ooh, I know! A fish!


Fiona: Where are your skates? They're part of the uniform.
Rhonda: Fiona, if I wanted to look like a clown I'd join the circus.
Fiona: If you were part of my circus I'd have you wiping the elephant butts with a "wet one."


District Attorney: I'm the County District Attorney. Have you ever seen this before, Mrs. Montgomery?
[he shows Fiona Hal's will]
Fiona: I've NEVER seen that before!
District Attorney: Isn't this your signature on the witness line?
Fiona: I've NEVER seen my husband's hidden will before.
District Attorney: I'm afraid you're gonna have to come downtown with me, ma'am.


Austin: I can be surrounded by a sea of people and still feel all alone... Then I think of you.


Fiona: I am very, very, very, very upset about this.
Brianna: You don't look upset.
Fiona: Oh, it's the Botox. I can't show emotion for another hour and a half.


[Austin sees Sam leaving; as he rushes towards her, he is confronted by his dad]
Austin's Dad: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Hey, what are you doing?
Austin: I'm outta here.
Austin's Dad: What! You're throwing away your dream!
Austin: No, Dad. I'm throwing away yours.
[to Ryan] It's your game now, go get them.


David: [Austin is sticking ads everywhere to find his Cinderella] Dude, why are you going through all this trouble for one chick?
Austin: Look, she's not just some chick, all right? She was real.
Ryan: Real? Like, she still had her old nose?
Austin: No, real. The kind of girl who has more on her mind than what she wears, or how much weight she wants to lose. She listens to me.
David: Listens to you? Hey, brother, I listen to you, okay? I feel your pai...
[gets distracted by a girl passing by, then talks to the girl]
David: ...Hello, kitty!
Austin: Yeah, you're a great listener.
David: Well...
Ryan: Look, man, you found her cellphone. You just gotta get some clue from that.
Austin: The phone's locked. All I keep getting's these text messages like, "I need you", and "Come see me now."
David: Oh dude, that's so hot.
Austin: See, that's what I thought. Until I got one that said, "Come fix fryer".
David: Oh, dude, that's hot AND kinky, baby! You know what I'm saying? Can I get one? Let me get a pound, baby.
Austin: [looks at David disapprovingly]


Sam: No.
Fiona: Excuse me? [in amazement]
Sam: You heard me; I quit. I quit this job. I quit your family. And, I'm moving out.
Fiona: Hahaha. Oh, and where are you going to live?
Rhonda: With me.
Fiona: You can't walk out on me.
Sam: You know what, Fiona? You can mess with your hair and your nose and your face. And you can even mess with my dad's diner, but you're through messing with me!

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