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The Little Prince (1974)

A pilot, stranded in the desert, meets a little boy who is a prince on a planet.



(story "Le Petit Prince"), | 1 more credit »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Steven Warner ... The Little Prince
... The King
... The Business Man
... The Historian
... The General
... The Pilot
Donna McKechnie ... The Rose
... The Snake
... The Fox


Based on the story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this magical musical fable begins as a pilot makes a forced landing on the barren Sahara Desert. He is befriended by a "little" prince from the planet Asteroid B-612. In the days that follow, the pilot learns of the small boy's history and planet-hopping journeys in which he met a King, a businessman, an historian, and a general. It isn't until he comes to Earth that the Little Prince learns the secrets of the importance of life from a Fox, a Snake, and the pilot. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

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Release Date:

7 November 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El principito  »

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Sound Mix:

(1937 Reissue) (Stereo)| (1937 Reissue) (Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In 1974, Angela Morley became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Academy Award, when she was nominated for one in the category of Best Music, Original Song Score/Adaptation for the film, a nomination shared with Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, and Douglas Gamley. See more »


Since a boa constrictor is not venomous, its bite wouldn't pose any danger to a person. See more »


[the pilot has drawn him a picture]
The Little Prince: Oh no, I don't want an elephant inside a boa constrictor. Boa constrictors are dangerous and an elephant is very cumbersome. Where I come from, everything is very small. Will you draw me a sheep?
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Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
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Beautiful title theme
14 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie might be best appreciated by those who have read the book firsthand and want to see the characters live in the flesh. While this film follows the story very closely, and features good performers (including Bob Fosse and Gene Wilder), it would be difficult for a newcomer to appreciate just how magical this classic fable is if he/she only watches this movie without reading the book. I suppose it would have come out better as an animated feature.

Still, the movie definitely has its merits. The kid playing the Little Prince does very well - why didn't he have a successful career after this? And the music is very beautiful at parts. I don't know why some say it is not up to the standards of Lerner and Leowe. The title theme (such a haunting melody) and "I never met a Rose" - both sung by the Pilot - are beautiful, and the happy song sung by the Little Prince and the Fox as they come close and dance together is charming and jaunty.

7 out of 10.

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