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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 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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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La princesita  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,019,307 (USA)
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Eleanor Bron and Liesel Matthews share their birthdays, March 14th. See more »

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When Sara is explaining to Lottie about the angels, a microphone is clearly visible above them. See more »

Quotes

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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Sonata in C Minor: Andantino expressivo
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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 DEFINITIVE INSTANCE when the Academy, indeed the public, truly missed the mark...and indeed missed out
6 May 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This film reminds you what life's all about. Emmanual Luzbeki's cinematography demands praise- it's so stunningly beautiful one wonders why he didn't win the oscar. Indeed, this film is flawlessly scripted, acted, and executed, it is perhaps the definitive example of how the Academy oftentimes nominates based on box-office receipts, and not based on merit. *&#$() braveheart, THIS movie was the best film of 1995. And should have been nominated. No other film makes me tear up or cry as much for its brutal honesty, it's uncliched tenderness, and heartfelt truth about those ultimately human truths- love, kindness, and the magic of believing. Rarely does a film so positively move one's heart. Seek this film out. Go now.


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