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The Princess & the Marine (2001)

Based on a true story about the forbidden love between Jason Johnson, a U.S. Marine, and Meriam Al-Khalifa, a Bahraini princess.


Mike Robe


Ronni Kern
2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Jason Johnson
Marisol Nichols ... Meriam Al-Khalifa
Keith Robinson ... Trucker
Pat Skipper ... Mr. Kennedy
Dave Power ... Smitty
Luck Hari ... Meriam's Mother
Alexis Lopes Alexis Lopes ... Latifa
Sheetal Sheth ... Layla
Atossa Leoni ... Zayn
Barbara Stock ... Susan
Steven Barr Steven Barr ... Dale
Madison Mason
Michael Milhoan
Lennie Loftin
Navi Rawat ... Sabika


Based on a true story, American Marine Jason Johnson (Goselaar) is sent on assignment to the Emirate of Bahrain. While there, he meets and falls in love with a spirited, lovely young woman, Meriam (Nichols), without realizing she is really a member of the Bahraini Royal Family. Meriam, who does not wish to consent to an arranged marriage, knows her love affair with Jason is dangerous, as he is a Mormon Christian and she a Muslim. Her parents would never consent to their match, and so Meriam and Jason race against time to escape Bahrain and make it to the United States, where they can marry. If Meriam is sent back, however, her life may be in jeopardy. Written by Nichol

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Drama | Romance







Release Date:

18 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Princesa e o Soldado See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the film Jason says he's up for a promotion. Later, he tells Meriam he was promoted again. He answers the phone identifying his rank as lance corporal when Meriam calls him to tell him she can't see him anymore. On the roof at the Mannai Plaza he's already wearing the lance corporal insignia. It he was "promoted again" he'd be a corporal. See more »


Meriam's Mother: You kissed him. In the desert.
Meriam: No, no I didn't!
Meriam's Mother: At the Tree of Life, you kissed him. The secret police saw your lips on his.
Meriam: The secret police? You had me followed!
Meriam's Mother: I don't need to have you followed, Meriam. Everyone knows who you ARE! Everyone but me. I trusted you! I should never have let you go to that mall, to those American movies...kissing in public! What do you do when no-one else can see?
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References The Alamo (1960) See more »


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A love story so incredible, it has to be true...
5 September 2001 | by matorySee all my reviews

This is one of those love stories that is so fantastic, that you really can't believe it's true -- but you're happy that it is. US Marine Jason Johnson falls for a beautiful Muslim princess, and they risk their honor, careers, and even their lives to be together.

And the best part? Meriam's final hearing passed, and she's here to stay. The real Jason and Meriam are still together, still married, and (I hope!) still in love.

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