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The Princess & the Marine (2001)

Based on a true story about the forbidden love between Jason Johnson, a U.S. Marine, and Meriam Al-Khalifa, a Bahraini princess.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Johnson
Meriam Al-Khalifa
Mr. Kennedy
Meriam's Mother
Alexis Lopes ...
Barbara Stock ...


Based on a true story, American Marine Jason Johnson (Goselaar) is sent on assignment to the Emirate of Bahrain. While there, he meets and falls in love with a spirited, lovely young woman, Meriam (Nichols), without realizing she is really a member of the Bahraini Royal Family. Meriam, who does not wish to consent to an arranged marriage, knows her love affair with Jason is dangerous, as he is a Mormon Christian and she a Muslim. Her parents would never consent to their match, and so Meriam and Jason race against time to escape Bahrain and make it to the United States, where they can marry. If Meriam is sent back, however, her life may be in jeopardy. Written by Nichol

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Drama | Romance





Release Date:

18 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Princesa E o Soldado  »

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1.33 : 1
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Early in the film Jason says he's up for a promotion. Later, he tells Meriam he was promoted again. He answers the phone identifying his rank as lance corporal when Meriam calls him to tell him she can't see him anymore. On the roof at the Mannai Plaza he's already wearing the lance corporal insignia. It he was "promoted again" he'd be a corporal. See more »


Meriam: Have you ever been to Bahrain?
Jim: No. I hear it's very beautful. If you like a lot of sand.
Meriam: They have a tree there, called the Tree of Life. And that is beautiful. Do you what to know why? Because it has no right to be there. It's in the desert, with no water, nothing green around it anywhere. You all say I have no right to be here. But I'm staying. I'm staying.
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References Stuart Little (1999) See more »


Written by Spice Girls, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard
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Sweet love story
14 January 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark, EU) – See all my reviews

This is a good love story with a happy ending and it's a true story, Marisol Nichols shines as Princess Meriam. If you like romance this one is an unmissable treat. Bahrainies it appears are not happy with this story, as it shows how closed and restricted even the most liberal gulf state is.

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