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A Little Princess (1995)

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A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón

Writers:

Frances Hodgson Burnett (novel), Richard LaGravenese (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liesel Matthews ... Sara Crewe
Eleanor Bron ... Miss Minchin
Liam Cunningham ... Capt. Crewe / Prince Rama
Rusty Schwimmer ... Amelia Minchin
Arthur Malet ... Charles Randolph
Vanessa Chester ... Becky (as Vanessa Lee Chester)
Errol Sitahal Errol Sitahal ... Ram Dass
Heather DeLoach ... Ermengarde
Taylor Fry ... Lavinia
Darcie Bradford Darcie Bradford ... Jesse
Rachael Bella ... Betsy
Alexandra Rea-Baum Alexandra Rea-Baum ... Gertrude
Camilla Belle ... Jane
Lauren Blumenfeld ... Rosemary
Kelsey Mulrooney ... Lottie
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Storyline

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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Sometimes, truly magical things reappear. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La princesita See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,019,307
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The characters of Sara's story, Prince Rama, his wife Sita, and the evil Ravana, all come from the ancient/epic Indian poem "The Ramayana." See more »

Goofs

When Sara writes to her father, her voiceover does not match the actual writing in the letter. See more »

Quotes

[Captain Crewe has just presented his young daughter with a doll named Emily]
Capt. Crewe: Whenever you're afraid, or miss me terribly... just tell Emily. And she'll get the message to me, wherever I am. And I'll send one back right away... so that when you hug her... you'll really be getting a hug from me.
Sara Crewe: ...It's alright, Papa. I'm going to be fine.
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Version of Matinee Theatre: Sara Crewe (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata in C Minor: Andantino expressivo
(uncredited)
Written by Giovanni Pescetti (as Giovanni Battista Pescetti)
(performed by Miss Minchin during story hour and again in her study)
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Beautiful and entrancing
28 June 2000 | by Thaddeus BeierSee all my reviews

I saw this movie with my 5 year old daughter -- and while it was a little too complex for her to follow I completely fell in love with it. Everything about it is beautiful, the sets, the costumes, the acting, even the painful parts are perfect. The scene toward the end where she's dancing in the window is eyewatering...you just have to see it.

Probably this movie is only appropriate for kids 8 and up, (depending on how worldly they are, I suppose), and perhaps that's why it did so abysmally poorly in the theaters. Still, it's a great film.

thad


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