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A Little Princess (1995)

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Sitahal ...
Darcie Bradford ...
Alexandra Rea-Baum ...


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 »


Drama | Family | Fantasy


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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Feature film debut of Camilla Belle. See more »


When the wind blows Sara's shawl away, two wires are clearly visible tugging it off. See more »


Miss Minchin: [after ordering the girls out and punishing Becky, to Sara] And you will perform all here chores in addition to your own without breakfast, lunch, OR dinner! It's time you learn, Sara Crewe, that real life has nothing to do with your little fantasy games. It's a cruel, nasty world out there and it's our duty to make the best of it - not to indulge in ridiculous dreams, but to be productive and useful! Do you understand what I'm saying?
Sara Crewe: Yes, ma'am.
Miss Minchin: Good!
[she leaves]
Sara Crewe: But I don't believe in it.
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Version of A Little Princess (1986) 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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Radiant, emotional, and beautifully designed! MUST see!
7 June 2000 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

This film transcends the "Children's Films" genre, to become a lovely miniature masterpiece. This director is fabulous! He is a master of mood and ambiance and a real artist with his compositions! (Just go see his Great Expectations modern remake for further proof!) The cast excels with the familiar material, Eleanor Bron is letter perfect as the wicked headmistress of the school, never descending into caricature, but still making her mark as a the villianous Miss Minchin. Liesel Matthews is a surprising delight as the title character, the other little girls are stereotypical but miraculously wonderful in their individual parts!

Rarely does a film completely draw you into it's world and grab hold of your emotions like this one. The imagery and design elements are remarkable. The passages from India are mystical and powerful, the use of green throughout the design elements is inspired and helps create this world of wonder seen through a child's eyes. Even though, we can guess the ending, it still manages to wring you dry of tears before the final lovely "silent movie" fade-out.

A pure delight from beginning to end! (this must be seen on DVD to fully appreciate the design elements)

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