Princess Caraboo (1994)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  16 September 1994 (USA)
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Bristol, England, early 19th century. A beautiful young stranger who speaks a weird language is tried for the crime of begging. But when a man claims that he can translate her dialect, it ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Worrall
Princess Caraboo / Mary Baker
Mrs. Worrall
Professor Wilkinson
Peter Eyre ...
Lord Apthorpe
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Lady Apthorpe
Magistrate Haythorne (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
John Wells ...
Reverend Hunt
Amon McCarthy
Arkie Whiteley ...
Ship's Captain


Bristol, England, early 19th century. A beautiful young stranger who speaks a weird language is tried for the crime of begging. But when a man claims that he can translate her dialect, it is understood that the woman is a princess from a far away land. She is then welcomed by a family of haughty aristocrats that only wants to heighten their prestige. However, the local reporter is not at all convinced she is what she claims to be and investigates. Is Caraboo really a princess? Written by Steve Richer <>

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She was everything they dreamed of... And nothing they expected.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Princesse Caraboo  »

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Box Office


$3,021,629 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The beige dress with two buttons at the waist worn by Kate Ashfield (Ella, the maid) is the same gown Sylvestra Le Touzel (Fanny Price) wears in Mansfield Park (1983). See more »


Frixos: You are a fraud. I know you're a fraud, and I have spit in your soup.
Frixos: No, worser, I've pissed in it.
Mrs. Worrall: Frixos, are you addressing the princess?
Frixos: I'm telling her about the soup. It is cream of sorrel and the cook hope she like it very much.
Mrs. Worrall: You know she doesn't understand English.
Mr. Worrall: Neither does Frixos, so maybe they'll understand each other.
[he laughs and so does Caraboo]
Mr. Worrall: You see, my dear? She appreciates my little witticisms.
Mrs. Worrall: Surely, you only address a guest when they address you, Frixos.
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Referenced in Two If by Sea (1996) See more »


Composed by Luigi Boccherini
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Cute Girl & Story
22 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Phoebe Cates was very cute in the lead role of "Mary Baker/Princess Cariboo." The story was a nice one, too, with no complaints about inappropriate language or behavior.

Kevin Kline supplies many of the laughs, at least with me. I preferred him over John Lithgow or Jim Broadbent.

This is supposedly based on a true story but I am going to assume they took a lot of liberties with it. Nonetheless, it's a story and a decent for "the whole family," as the cliché goes. However, I think this is mostly appealing to females. I found it pleasant, but more of a "chick flick" than a guy's film. Thus, I doubt I would watch it again, especially knowing the surprise ending.

I definitely recommend this comedy-drama-romance for people who haven't seen it, and for most people who are not adult males.

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