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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 »





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


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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No miracle is ever too small. See more »


Drama | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La princesita  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Sara enters Lavinia's room to light a fire we hear the door close even though it is still open. See more »


[the amnesiac Capt. Crewe comes across Sara crying in a corner of a darkened room in Randolph's house]
Capt. Crewe: What is it? Why are you crying? Please tell me. I won't hurt you. Won't you tell me your name?
Sara Crewe: [sobbing] Sara.
Capt. Crewe: 'Sara'... that's such a pretty name. Sara...
Sara Crewe: [there is a flash of lightening, and the lights suddenly come back on] Papa...
[she rises, and stares at Crewe in shock]
Sara Crewe: Papa...
Capt. Crewe: What did you say?
Sara Crewe: [she runs to him, and he tries to hold her away] Papa...
Capt. Crewe: I'm sorry...
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Sonata in C Minor: Andantino expressivo
Written by Giovanni Pescetti (as Giovanni Battista Pescetti)
(performed by Miss Minchin during story hour and again in her study)
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Delightfully complex, full of tensions.
8 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

THis is a wonderful children's film full of fascinating adult tensions. The reactionary assumptions of the source material remain - the upper class are jolly nice and paternalistic; the bourgeoisie (represented by Eleanor Bron) are grasping, slave-owning monsters; India is not a massive subcontinent rife with internal and anti-colonial divisions, but a bright fantasy world of escape from reality - but the film is full of darkness unusual for such a film: apartheid, child abuse, poverty, the disruptive, harrowing effects of war, the absence of parents. In this way, the film's style, veering between fantasy and expressionistic 'realism' is impressive. The social order may be restored, but the film is full of heartening little revolutions: its ultimate message is, look HARDER.

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