A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.




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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)
 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)
 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)  »

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A kis hercegnő  »

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Miss Minchin: I admit I never *liked* the girl.
Miss Amelia: Because she could see through you, that's why! She knew you for what you are, a pity-less, hard-hearted woman who cares for nothing but money!
Miss Minchin: How dare you Amelia! Without my care for *money* as you put it, you would still be a frumpish nursemaid in...
Miss Amelia: I would rather be a *frumpish nursemaid* than accept your values a moment longer!
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Why is THIS the one that's overlooked?
30 August 2000 | by (London, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

If you read the comments for the '95 version, many people seem to say (in more or less words) that THAT version has been sadly overlooked. But even sadder, here's a version ('86) that is far better, and few people know it exists. (Just read some professional reviews on the internet, and they'll only mention two ones--the '39 and '95). Perhaps that's because quite a few haven't read the novel, or just because it's a classic, dismiss it as "boring" and "irrelevant" to today's society. But for those of us who have read the novel and loved it, this is by far the best movie of "The Little Princess" made. It doesn't rely on special effect interludes, like the '95 one, or cute little song and dance sessions like movie of '39. Here we just get the story as it is with all the characters presented in exactly the way the novel depicts them. Amelia Shankley did a wonderful job as Sara Crewe. She looked dark, thin and solemn, just as described in the novel, and acted quiet and wise as well. In fact, all the actors and actresses did a good job. Even if Lottie didn't look quite the way as described, she acted it out so well that it didn't matter at all. And that goes for everybody else who's in this. I watched this with my mother and she agreed that it was very well done, and that all the children were quite appealing. As well, the sets and costumes were not too bold, like in the '95 version (can you tell I didn't like that one?). Sara's surroundings are SUPPOSED to look drab and grey. If you've never seen a version of "The Little Princess" or read the book--obviously read the novel first, then see this one. But if the thought of Frances Hodgson Burnett's lovely story doesn't appeal to you, then by all means, see the others. In general, I love BBC productions of novels, because of their faithfulness to the original stories, and because of their length. (My favourite BBC miniseries of a novel would have to be the 1978 "Wuthering Heights"--exactly like the novel, to the T. Make every possible effort to see that if you've read the book).

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