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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 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 <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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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 tan and brown print satin pelisse Anna Chancellor (Mrs. Peake) wears when she comes to the Worrall's house is the same gown Sheila Gish (Mrs. Norris) wears to Maria's wedding in Mansfield Park (1999). The costume is also worn an extra during the French invasion in Goya's Ghosts (2006), and by an extra in the first church scene in Miss Austen Regrets (2008). See more »


Frixos: I wish you every success and happiness in America, Princess.
Princess Caraboo: Thank you, Mr. Frixos.
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Referenced in Two If by Sea (1996) See more »


Composed by Luigi Boccherini
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That rarity - an excellent film for adults and children
26 September 1998 | by (Northern NJ) – See all my reviews

If you're looking for an evening of video watching with your family, you'll love being transported to another time and place with this film. The cast is phenomenal - Phoebe Cates is perfectly, and beautifully, mysterious. Is Kevin Kline capable of a bad performance? Lithgow's British accent is superb. When it was over, our kids wanted to talk about the movie. Then, after they went to bed, my wife and I found ourselves talking about it. What higher praise can I give a family film?

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