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A Little Princess 

Sara Crewe enters a London boarding school a wealthy lady when she bids her father farewell as he enters the British Army, but her lifestyle quickly vanishes when her father suddenly dies, and Sara must endure a life of servitude.




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Complete series cast summary:
Maureen Lipman ...  Miss Minchin 6 episodes, 1987
Amelia Shankley Amelia Shankley ...  Sara Crewe 6 episodes, 1987
Miriam Margolyes ...  Miss Amelia 6 episodes, 1987
Annette Badland ...  Cook 6 episodes, 1987
Natalie Abbott Natalie Abbott ...  Becky 6 episodes, 1987
Alison Reynolds Alison Reynolds ...  Ermengarde 6 episodes, 1987
Katrina Heath Katrina Heath ...  Lavinia 6 episodes, 1987
Joanna Dukes Joanna Dukes ...  Jessie 6 episodes, 1987
Johanna Hargreaves Johanna Hargreaves ...  Henrietta 5 episodes, 1987
Jessica Simpson Jessica Simpson ...  Lottie 5 episodes, 1987
Nigel Havers ...  Carrisford 4 episodes, 1987
David Yelland ...  Captain Crewe 4 episodes, 1987
John Bird ...  Mr. Carmichael 3 episodes, 1987
Annie Lambert ...  Mrs. Carmichael 3 episodes, 1987
Antony Zaki Antony Zaki ...  Ram Dass 3 episodes, 1987
Meera Syal ...  Anna 3 episodes, 1987
Christopher Haley Christopher Haley ...  Donald 3 episodes, 1987
Zoe Mair Zoe Mair ...  Janet 3 episodes, 1987
Alessia Gwyther Alessia Gwyther ...  Nora 3 episodes, 1987
John Grillo ...  Barrow 2 episodes, 1987
Marianne Borgo Marianne Borgo ...  Mariette 2 episodes, 1987
Patsy Rowlands ...  Baker's Wife 2 episodes, 1987
Mia Fothergill Mia Fothergill ...  Waif 2 episodes, 1987


Sara Crewe's pampered life as the daughter of a well-to-do British Army Captain suddenly vanishes after her father dies and Sara becomes enrolled at a boarding school in London. Without any family to turn to, Sara must endure cruelty and hardship as an overworked maidservant as she strives to find a stronger part of herself. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama | Family



Did You Know?


Miss Minchin: Aren't you going to thank me?
Sara Crewe: Thank you?
Miss Minchin: For my kindness in giving you a home!
Sara Crewe: No, Miss Minchin, you are not kind. And this is not a home.
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A Wonderful Film
28 September 2003 | by lindarlingSee all my reviews

This move was extraordinarily faithful to the book. The characters were for the most part convincing (Amelia Shankley and Nigel Hawthorne especially) and the music and direction were great.

I do have a few problems with the film. The main one is that the second tape (it's on three separate cassettes) contains the last 10 minutes of the first tape, which is really horrible editing. Other complaints are that the commercials before each tape are too long, and some of the background noise could be better edited (the group of kids murmur too early or giggle too much, making it appear more low- budget).

I was particularly impressed with the loyalty the movie had to the book, and the sympathy you feel for the main character. The scenery was done well and the acting, even in the little parts (the cook's boyfriend, Captain Crew's Indian servant), was excellent.

Overall a wonderful film to "curl up" with on a rainy day.

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21 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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