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A Little Princess (1995)

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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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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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No miracle is ever too small. See more »


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Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La princesita  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


$10,019,307 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The last live action feature film of Arthur Malet. See more »


When Sara and Becky are in the attic pretending to be rich, the candles change length inconsistently between shots. See more »


[Sara just met her new doll, Emily]
Capt. Crewe: You know, dolls make the very best friends. Just because they can't speak doesn't mean they don't listen. And did you know that when we leave them alone in our room, they come to life?
Sara Crewe: They do?
Capt. Crewe: Yes! But before we walk in and catch them, they return to their place as quick as lightning!
Sara Crewe: Why don't they come to life in front of us so we can see them?
Capt. Crewe: Because it's magic. Magic has to be believed. It's the only way it's real.
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Version of Little Princess Sara (1985) See more »


Sonata in C Minor: Andantino expressivo
Written by Giovanni Pescetti (as Giovanni Battista Pescetti)
(performed by Miss Minchin during story hour and again in her study)
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A wonderful little movie you might have missed
12 November 2004 | by (Marion, AR, USA) – See all my reviews

Just before seeing this movie, I wasn't expecting much. There just wasn't anything else on TV, and this was just beginning, so I decided to give it a chance. It wasn't very long in before I began to realize that this wasn't just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill, by-the-numbers production. First of all, the movie, with all of the obvious attention to the sets and costume design and how it was photographed, just look absolutely beautiful. Then, the acting is simply superb by everybody, and not just the principal performers. Alfonso Cuaron (who was later tabbed to direct the 3rd Harry Potter movie, really showed his stuff in this film, which in my opinion was largely overlooked, as I don't remember a whole lot of publicity being done when it was first released, which is a shame, because a lot of effort went into making this such a good movie. Equally appealing to kids and adults alike, which is pretty rare as well. Highly recommended!

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