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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When Sara and her father are traveling from India to New York, a map is shown. This map is inaccurate considering the fact that the subtitle stated the year was 1914. The map that they showed was a post-WWI map instead of a pre-WWI map. There were many countries that didn't exist before then such as Turkey, Czechoslovakia, and more. The year in this map was supposed to be before the war ended but it clearly was not. They showed a map where Austria-Hungary was broken up into many different countries; however that didn't happen until after WWI. There were also many other chronological errors in the map shown. See more »
Don't cry, Becky.
I'm scared. If Minchin throws me out, I got no place to go.
That's not true. I'm here with you. I've always thought of us as sisters.
Let's make a promise right now: to always look out for each other.
It's a promise.
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THis is a wonderful children's film full of fascinating adult tensions. The reactionary assumptions of the source material remain - the upper class are jolly nice and paternalistic; the bourgeoisie (represented by Eleanor Bron) are grasping, slave-owning monsters; India is not a massive subcontinent rife with internal and anti-colonial divisions, but a bright fantasy world of escape from reality - but the film is full of darkness unusual for such a film: apartheid, child abuse, poverty, the disruptive, harrowing effects of war, the absence of parents. In this way, the film's style, veering between fantasy and expressionistic 'realism' is impressive. The social order may be restored, but the film is full of heartening little revolutions: its ultimate message is, look HARDER.
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