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A Little Princess (1995)

G  |   |  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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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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10 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La princesita  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£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 is explaining to Lottie about angels, she is demonstrating how the angels ride the clouds like magic carpets and is using her right hand. However, in the next shot, when she tells Lottie that the angels hover over you and see that you are all right, her left arm is raised. See more »

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Miss Minchin: [after Sara makes up her own ending for the class's bedtime story] What are you doing?
Sara Crewe: I couldn't bare to see Charlotte marry that awful man, so I imagined a different ending.
Miss Minchin: You imagined it?
Sara Crewe: [nodding] Don't you ever do that, Miss Minchin? Believe in something just to make it seem real?
Miss Minchin: I suppose that's rather easy for a child who has everything.
[announcing to the rest of the class]
Miss Minchin: And now from now on, there will be no more 'make believe' at this school during reading hour or at any other time....
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Soundtracks

Sonata in C Minor: Andantino expressivo
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Written by Giovanni Batissta 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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