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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 & 8 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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From the author of "The Secret Garden" See more »

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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G | See all certifications »

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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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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 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 »

Quotes

Sara Crewe: Don't cry, Becky.
Becky: I'm scared. If Minchin throws me out, I got no place to go.
Sara Crewe: That's not true. I'm here with you. I've always thought of us as sisters.
Becky: You have?
Sara Crewe: Let's make a promise right now: to always look out for each other.
Becky: It's a promise.
[they embrace]
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Connections

Version of The Little Princess (1939) See more »

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Kindle My Heart
Written by Maggie Smith
Produced by Maggie Smith
Performed by Liesel Matthews
Courtesy of Sony Records
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Delightfully complex, full of tensions.
8 November 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

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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