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Princess Caraboo (1994)

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Bristol, England, early 19th century. A beautiful young stranger who speaks a weird language is tried for the crime of begging. But when a man claims that he can translate her dialect, it ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Mr. Worrall
Phoebe Cates ... Princess Caraboo / Mary Baker
Wendy Hughes ... Mrs. Worrall
Kevin Kline ... Frixos
John Lithgow ... Professor Wilkinson
Stephen Rea ... Gutch
Peter Eyre ... Lord Apthorpe
Jacqueline Pearce ... Lady Apthorpe
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Magistrate Haythorne (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
John Wells John Wells ... Reverend Hunt
John Lynch ... Amon McCarthy
John Sessions ... Prince Regent
Arkie Whiteley Arkie Whiteley ... Betty
Kate Ashfield ... Ella
Ewan Bailey ... Ship's Captain
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Bristol, England, early 19th century. A beautiful young stranger who speaks a weird language is tried for the crime of begging. But when a man claims that he can translate her dialect, it is understood that the woman is a princess from a far away land. She is then welcomed by a family of haughty aristocrats that only wants to heighten their prestige. However, the local reporter is not at all convinced she is what she claims to be and investigates. Is Caraboo really a princess? Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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She was everything they dreamed of... And nothing they expected.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Princesse Caraboo See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,021,629
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fixos (Kevin Kline) and Princess Caraboo (Pheobe Cates) are married in real life. They met during the audition of "The Big Chill" and have been married since 1989. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Peake: Mary? Mary, don't you recognize me?
Charlotte: It is Mary!
Mrs. Peake: Mrs. Worrall, there's no doubt about it. This is the girl I employed myself as a maid.
Mrs. Worrall: Is this true?
[pause]
Princess Caraboo: I'm very sorry, ma'am. I'm very sorry.
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Referenced in 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: "Hysterical" Women (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Air (from The Ephesian Matron)
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Isaac Bickerstaffe
Music by Charles Dibden
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Delicate, funny, intriguing, beautiful -- this film is a treasure on many levels. See it!
22 February 2004 | by Rogue-18See all my reviews

"Princess Caraboo" is a rare breed of film these days -- aimed at adults, but highly respectful of the human soul and therefore safe for all ages. All viewers should find the historical angle fascinating, lovers of whimsical, offbeat humor will be delighted, "romantics" will be stirred by the powerful ending...and the ravishing color palette of the sets and costumes will enchant those who crave sheer visual beauty.

I personally thought the wonderful ending was handled very well -- it was particularly powerful for being beautifully understated, and did not "take away" from the effectiveness of the story. Because it had been foreshadowed (with great subtlety) throughout the movie, it did not arrive as a shock but rather as a fulfillment.

I must also put in a good word for the glorious music...another home run. See this film. As others have noted, it will stay with you long afterward.


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