Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 2,779 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Family
  • Release Date: 2 July 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $17,655,201(USA)(5 October 2008)
  • Director: Patricia Rozema
  • Stars: Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci and Joan Cusack
  • Original Music By: Joseph Vitarelli   
  • Soundtrack: When You're Smiling (the Whole World Smiles with You)
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Great Depression | Girl | Ohio | Boarding House | 10 Year Old

Writing Credits By:

  • Ann Peacock (written by)
  • Valerie Tripp (Kit Kittredge stories)

Known Trivia

  • Shot in 27 days.
  • Abigail Breslin wore a blonde wig in her role.
  • Madison Davenport dyed her blonde hair brown for her role as Ruthie Smithens.

Goofs: Anachronisms: Kit's dad is seen leaving for Chicago in a Flxible Clipper bus, which was not produced until 1937, three years after the movie's 1934 setting.

Plot: Set in Cincinnati at the height of the Great Depression, Kit Kittredge, a resourceful young girl, helps her mother run a boardinghouse after her father loses his job. Full summary »  »

Story: 'Kit Kittredge: An American Mystery' centers around a young girl living in the struggles of the Great Depression. 10 year old Kit lives in a boarding house her parents own in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a passion for writing, & dreams of having something of hers put in the local paper someday. With the help of her friends, Sterling & Ruthie, will her dream finally come true?Written by wgdpink  


Synopsis: In June 1934, Kit Kittredge (Abigail Breslin) is determined to become a reporter, and she writes articles on the typewriter in her tree house while drama unfolds beneath her. The mortgage on her house is about to be foreclosed because her father (Chris O’Donnell) lost his car dealership and couldn’t keep up with the payments. He has gone to Chicago, Illinois to search for work, and to make some income her mother (Julia Ormond) takes in an odd assortment of boarders, including magician Mr. Berk (Stanley Tucci), dance instructor Miss Dooley (Jane Krakowski), and mobile library driver Miss Bond (Joan Cusack). Locally there have been reports of muggings and robberies supposedly committed by hobos. Kit investigates and meets young Will (Max Thieriot) and Countee (Willow Smith), who live in a hobo jungle near the Ohio River and Erie Lackawanna Railway. Kit writes a story about the camp and tries to sell it to Mr. Gibson (Wallace Shawn), the mean editor of the Cincinnati newspaper, but he has no interest in the subject. She adopts a dog, her mother buys chickens, and Kit sells their eggs. Then a locked box containing her mother’s treasures is stolen, and a footprint with a star matching the one on Will’s boot is discovered, making him the prime suspect. The sheriff goes to find Will and Countee. However, Will and Countee have left the hobo jungle. It’s up to Kit and her friends Stirling (Zach Mills) and Ruthie (Madison Davenport) to gather enough evidence to prove that Will is innocent and Mr. Berk is the guilty party. Kit becomes a local hero. They found out that Countee has been pretending to be a boy. On Thanksgiving the hobos bring food to Kit’s mother and Kit’s father returns home. Mr. Gibson arrives to show Kit she is in print in Cincinnati’s major daily newspaper.

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Produced By:

  • Ellen L. Brothers known as producer
  • Lisa Roberts Gillan known as producer (as Lisa Gillan)
  • Jodi Goldberg known as co-producer
  • Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas known as producer
  • Julie Goldstein known as producer
  • Terry Gould known as co-producer
  • Julia Roberts known as executive producer
  • Marisa Yeres known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Abigail Breslin known as Kit Kittredge
  • Julia Ormond known as Margaret Kittredge
  • Chris O'Donnell known as Jack Kittredge
  • Jane Krakowski known as Miss Dooley
  • Wallace Shawn known as Mr. Gibson
  • Max Thieriot known as Will Shepherd
  • Willow Smith known as Countee
  • Glenne Headly known as Mrs. Howard
  • Zach Mills known as Stirling Howard
  • Kenneth Welsh known as Uncle Hendrick
  • Madison Davenport known as Ruthie Smithens
  • Joan Cusack known as Miss Bond
  • Stanley Tucci known as Jefferson Berk
  • Dylan Smith known as Frederich
  • Douglas Nyback known as Billy
  • Dylan Roberts known as Reporter
  • Martin Doyle known as Teacher
  • Colin Mochrie known as Mr. Pennington
  • Martin Roach known as Hobo Doctor
  • Austin Macdonald known as Roger
  • Brieanne Jansen known as Frances Stone
  • Erin Hilgartner known as Florence Stone
  • Peter MacNeill known as Sheriff
  • Erin McMurtry known as Garden Club Lady
  • Joanna Swan known as Garden Club Lady
  • Eddie Max Huband known as Blonde Bully (as Eddie Huband)
  • Frank McAnulty known as Wallet Man
  • Anna Louise Richardson known as Soup Kitchen Woman (as Anna-Louise Richardson)
  • David Talbot known as Neighbor
  • Darryn Lucio known as Deputy
  • John Healy known as Mr. Stone
  • Colette Kendall known as Mrs. Stone
  • Quincy Bullen known as Newsboy
  • Elisabeth Perez known as Classmate
  • Jordan Rackley known as Classmate
  • Eddie Graff known as Sax-Playing Hobo
  • Taylor Lyn known as Student (uncredited)
  • Liam Powley-Webster known as Hobo boy (uncredited)

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  • Teresa Buccione known as hair stylist
  • Cliona Furey known as head of hair department
  • Claudia Gedge known as second assistant makeup artist
  • Marie Nardella known as makeup department head
  • Rita Pacitto known as hair stylist
  • Kelly Shanks known as hair stylist
  • Julia Valente known as first assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Tory Bellingham known as property master
  • Mike Butt known as head carpenter
  • Rossana DeCampo known as key scenic artist
  • Tucker Doherty known as set designer (as Catherine Doherty)
  • Neil Floyd known as art department apprentice
  • Suzanne Hodson known as set decoration buyer
  • Yasmyn Lee known as art department coordinator
  • Yassara Monteleone known as graphic designer
  • John Moran known as graphics
  • Jeff Poulis known as assistant property master
  • Robert Shipman known as on-set dresser
  • Blaine Twyne known as location head carpenter
  • Rob Valeriote known as stand-by carpenter
  • Bill Vance known as construction coordinator


Production Companies:

  • Picturehouse Entertainment (as Picturehouse) (presents)
  • New Line Cinema (presents)
  • HBO Films (in association with)
  • American Girl Brands
  • Front Street Films
  • Goldsmith-Thomas Productions
  • Red Om Films

Other Companies:

  • Hand Prop  props supplied by
  • New Line Records  soundtrack
  • PIC Agency  titles
  • Postworks New York  digital intermediate
  • Postworks New York  post-production facilities
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility


  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • New Line Cinema (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Picturehouse Entertainment (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • New Line Home Video (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • PlayArte Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Soho VFX (visual effects)
  • Mr. X (digital visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Dennis Berardi known as supervising vfx producer: Mr. X Inc.
  • Sarah Coatts known as visual effects producer: PIC
  • Anand Dorairaj known as digital compositor
  • Mike Duffy known as flame artist: Mr X Inc.
  • David Fix known as senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
  • Annu Gulati known as digital compositor
  • Victoria Holt known as visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Karen Kriss known as visual effects producer
  • Aaron Weintraub known as visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Matthew W. Johnson known as smoke artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 20 June 2008 (limited)
  • USA 2 July 2008
  • Argentina 30 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 17 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 18 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 20 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 25 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 8 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 18 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 4 May 2010 (TV premiere)
  • Australia 25 July 2010 (TV premiere)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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