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
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The name of Ram Dass's monkey is Hanuman, which is the name of the monkey god who helped Prince Rama rescue Sita from Ravana in "The Ramayana". See more »
There are many latex balloons as decorations at Sara Crewe's birthday party in 1914 or 1915. However, the modern balloon that we see pictured in the film was not invented until 1931. See more »
[Randolph and his servant are at a military hospital, where Randolph has discovered that the amnesiac soldier there is not his son John]
All the hoping... you must think me a fool.
Is it your wish to be wise, sahib?
I don't know. I suppose a wise man wouldn't have come here at all.
But if he had, he would have looked more closely upon the soldier's face.
And what would he have seen?
Pain, sahib. He needs to be cared for.
He's not my responsibility.
A wise man would remember that this soldier was...
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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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