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Princess Caraboo (1994)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mr. Worrall
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Princess Caraboo / Mary Baker
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Mrs. Worrall
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Frixos
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Professor Wilkinson
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Gutch
Peter Eyre ...
Lord Apthorpe
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Lady Apthorpe
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Magistrate Haythorne (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
John Wells ...
Reverend Hunt
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Amon McCarthy
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Betty
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Ella
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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 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 <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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


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Rated PG for some mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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16 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Princesse Caraboo  »

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$3,021,629 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The jeweled white gown with dark velvet overdress Jacqueline Pearce wears at the Prince Regent's ball is the same costume worn by an extra at the London ball in Sense and Sensibility (1995), by Embeth Davidtz (Mary Crawford) for the theatrical in Mansfield Park (1999), and by Jane How (Lady Holland) to a ball in Byron (2003). See more »

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Referenced in Two If by Sea (1996) See more »

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Air (from The Ephesian Matron)
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Lyrics by Isaac Bickerstaffe
Music by Charles Dibden
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Delicate, funny, intriguing, beautiful -- this film is a treasure on many levels. See it!
22 February 2004 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

"Princess Caraboo" is a rare breed of film these days -- aimed at adults, but highly respectful of the human soul and therefore safe for all ages. All viewers should find the historical angle fascinating, lovers of whimsical, offbeat humor will be delighted, "romantics" will be stirred by the powerful ending...and the ravishing color palette of the sets and costumes will enchant those who crave sheer visual beauty.

I personally thought the wonderful ending was handled very well -- it was particularly powerful for being beautifully understated, and did not "take away" from the effectiveness of the story. Because it had been foreshadowed (with great subtlety) throughout the movie, it did not arrive as a shock but rather as a fulfillment.

I must also put in a good word for the glorious music...another home run. See this film. As others have noted, it will stay with you long afterward.


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