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A Little Princess (1995)

 -  Drama | Family | Fantasy  -  10 May 1995 (USA)
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A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

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When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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From the forests of India to the streets of New York comes the remarkable adventure of a little girl whose courage is as big as her dreams. See more »

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10 May 1995 (USA)  »

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La princesita  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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£723,238 (UK) (15 March 1996)
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Some of the extras in the flower lady scene also played parents in the parents day scene. See more »

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When Sara and Captain Crewe travel from India to the USA, a map is shown describing their route. The year is 1914 but the map is from the 1920s. Before WWI, Syria and Iraq didn't exist. See more »

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Sara Crewe: One knock means, "I'm here." Two knocks means, "All is well." Three knocks means, "The coast is clear - the demon Minchinweed is asleep."
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Kindle My Heart
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Performed by Liesel Matthews
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A sweet confection of a film-one of the overlooked gems of the '90s
2 December 2005 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

This movie is on my short list of great live action family films. If you believe that every girl is a princess, this is the movie for you. Beautifully staged and shot, well-acted, superbly directed. This movie works from start to finish.

Some reviewers here on IMDb have slammed the film as overly sentimental. If you don't like movies with a sweet disposition, this isn't your film. Let's put it this way: if you think Frank Capra was the bane of American film-making, you're gonna hate this movie. If you judge films on a "the darker, the better" scale-why are you even watching this? Another caveat: I haven't read the book. The movie apparently takes great liberties with the book. If this kind of thing bothers you, stay away.

Alfonso Cuaron shows a deft handling of the sense of wonder here. When he was announced as the director of Harry Potter 3, his work on Little Princess made me confident he'd deliver the goods. One reviewer tried to declare that "Princess" was a calculated attempt by Cuaron to to get a gig on the Potter series. Impossible. "Princess" was released in 1995, and "Sorceror's/Philosopher's Stone" was PUBLISHED in 1998.

This is a small, quiet, sweet little film the entire family can enjoy, without insulting Mom & Dad's intelligence. It is the next step for all little girls who are starting to outgrow Belle/Ariel/Jasmine and the rest of the animated princesses. This Little Princess is real, and her story is worth watching.

Side note-little boys might not find the film engaging. It is kind of chick-flick for the tween set. That doesn't mean it's totally male-unfriendly. Fathers of daughters will be hard-pressed to avoid shedding a tear or two.

If you have a tween daughter, save some rental money and just buy it! She's going to watch it over and over.


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