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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.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sara Crewe
... Miss Minchin
... Capt. Crewe / Prince Rama
... Amelia Minchin
... Charles Randolph
... Becky (as Vanessa Lee Chester)
Errol Sitahal ... Ram Dass
... Ermengarde
... Lavinia
Darcie Bradford ... Jesse
... Betsy
Alexandra Rea-Baum ... Gertrude
... Jane
... Rosemary
... Lottie
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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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From the author of "The Secret Garden". See more »

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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G | See all certifications »

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19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La princesita  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,019,307
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The stores on the film's main street are named after various crew members. See more »

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Across the foyer from the sitting room in the school, we can see a music room that has two windows, but from the outside there are no windows. Also, it's impossible for there to be a room to the right of the foyer because on the outside there is not enough room. See more »

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Miss Minchin: [after Sara makes up her own ending for the class's bedtime story] What are you doing?
Sara Crewe: I couldn't bear to see Charlotte marry that awful man, so I imagined a different ending.
Miss Minchin: You imagined it?
Sara Crewe: [nodding] Don't you ever do that, Miss Minchin? Believe in something just to make it seem real?
Miss Minchin: I suppose that's rather easy for a child who has everything.
[announcing to the rest of the class]
Miss Minchin: And now from now on, there will be no more 'make believe' at this school during reading hour or at any other time....
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1995 (1996) See more »

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Sonata in C Minor: Andantino expressivo
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Written by Giovanni Pescetti (as Giovanni Battista Pescetti)
(performed by Miss Minchin during story hour and again in her study)
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Wonderful material for the heart ...
9 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Sara (played by Liesel Matthiews) is a generous, compassionate, and imaginative character. This film reminds me of virtues I adhered to as a child, how almost identical they were with that of Sara, and how those virtues have gradually submerged as I ventured towards adulthood. It reminded me of the innocence I once possessed, the innocence that has been slowly but surely chipped away by Society as I know it.

Nevertheless, this film made me realize that all I ever believed was never lost in me, but rather, simply inert and obscured. As my emotions swayed along with the joys and plights the little child Sara endured, I realized I am still as humane and compassionate as I always have been, and that it just doesn't show too much on the exterior anymore, that's all.

Each time my eyes went moist, I felt happier with myself.

Too bad this film did not do too well in the theatres, as I find the film quite moving and uplifting. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!


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