A Little Princess (1986)

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Sara Crewe is the pampered darling of her father, an army captain, and the Victorian London girls' school where he places her. But when her father dies, penniless, Sara becomes a skivvy in ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
 Miss Minchin (6 episodes, 1987)
Amelia Shankley ...
 Sara Crewe (6 episodes, 1987)
 Miss Amelia (6 episodes, 1987)
Annette Badland ...
 Cook (6 episodes, 1987)
Natalie Abbott ...
 Becky (6 episodes, 1987)
Alison Reynolds ...
 Ermengarde (6 episodes, 1987)
Katrina Heath ...
 Lavinia (6 episodes, 1987)
Joann Dukes ...
 Jessie (6 episodes, 1987)
Johanna Hargreaves ...
 Henrietta (5 episodes, 1987)
Jessica Simpson ...
 Lottie (5 episodes, 1987)
 Carrisford (4 episodes, 1987)
 Anna (3 episodes, 1987)
John Bird ...
 Mr. Carmichael (3 episodes, 1987)
Annie Lambert ...
 Mrs. Carmichael (3 episodes, 1987)
Tariq Alibai ...
 Ram Dass (3 episodes, 1987)
Christopher Haley ...
 Donald (3 episodes, 1987)
Zoe Mair ...
 Janet (3 episodes, 1987)
Alessia Gwyther ...
 Nora (3 episodes, 1987)
Justine Simon ...
 Eleanora (3 episodes, 1987)
Samantha Gale ...
 Elizabeth (3 episodes, 1987)
David Yelland ...
 Captain Crewe (2 episodes, 1987)
John Grillo ...
 Barrow (2 episodes, 1987)
Marianne Borgo ...
 Mariette (2 episodes, 1987)
 Baker's Wife (2 episodes, 1987)
Mia Fothergill ...
 Waif (2 episodes, 1987)


Sara Crewe is the pampered darling of her father, an army captain, and the Victorian London girls' school where he places her. But when her father dies, penniless, Sara becomes a skivvy in Miss Michin's school, befriended only by the scullery maid, Becky, her friends Ermengarde and Lottie, a little monkey, a lascar, and the mysterious man next door. Written by Kathy Li

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21 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sara - Die kleine Prinzessin  »

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Sara Crewe: Please Miss Minchin, may Becky stay?
Miss Minchin: Why, Sara dear?
Sara Crewe: Because I know she'd enjoy it. After all, she's a young girl, too.
Miss Minchin: She most certainly is not, she's a scullery maid!
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Fine old story compellingly and attractively told; Where' the DVD?
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first encountered this version of A Little Princess, by far the best, on a PBS station in the Pacific Northwest. It must have been new then.

It was shown during a holiday season station fund-raiser and promoted by ghastly comments by an attractive — physically — woman who made the sorts of comments I would expect a rather silly grandmother to make to someone else's grandchild.

I was somewhat insulted, but when the film began settled for enchantment which was sufficiently strong to keep me around when the second installment (I think there were only two, but this was 20-odd years ago) came along next night, when I also learned that the picture would be replayed throughout the promo which allowed me to make a tape of it.

Although the script does not slavishly repeat every bit of the Burnett novel, it completely mirrors it, changing some situations and condensing in some areas. Most of the minor deviations from the plot I assumed — still do — were because Sara had to be shown growing up and the story had to fit within length restrictions. Amelia Shankley was superb as was her nemesis, played by Maureen Lippman. Seldom mentioned is her companion, scullery maid Becky, or many other fine characterizations.

Parts of the film are sad and, because we (viewers) have become fond of Sara, a little frightening at times. We wish, sometimes, that Sara in her times of trial would be more defiant but realize, too, that she must submit to survive and also to protect her friends.

As intended, Sara comes across — this mood is set even before the situations are defined — as a true heroine, when adversity befalls her. She remains compassionate toward and grateful to those who are her friends, including Melchizedek (you have to know the story) toward whom she is also a benefactor.

Shankley, the costumers and makeup artists, surmount the challenges of a growing and changing girl who eventually displays some signs of illness (scurvy perhaps?).

Sara and her story remain compelling and attractive after a lapse of more than 100 years and this filmed version remains so after 20 years, but can we not find so compelling a version of what is perhaps Francs Hodgson Burnett's finest tale childhood?

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