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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No miracle is ever too small. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Little Princess See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,612, 14 May 1995

Gross USA:

$10,015,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,015,449
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Like the character she played, the child actress Liesel Matthews (Sara) also came from a very wealthy background. Matthews (whose actual name was Liesel Pritzker) is a grandchild of wealthy industrialist A. N. Pritzker and a niece of Jay Pritzker, who founded the Hyatt Hotel chain. After a family dispute and lawsuit in her early 20s, Liesel received about $500 million of her family's fortune. She subsequently became a philanthropist in, among other places, India (a country that her character Sara loved as well) and created several educational and development charities. See more »

Goofs

When Sara is scolded for speaking at the breakfast table, the girls are sitting in different positions than they were before Sara came to breakfast. See more »

Quotes

Miss Minchin: Sara, this is Monsieur Dufarge. You will begin French lessons with him this afternoon.
Sara Crewe: Do I have to?
Miss Minchin: Sara! You most certainly do! Now apologize to Monsieur this instant for your rudeness!
Sara Crewe: But I didn't mean to be rude.
Miss Minchin: [shouts] Now!
[Sara says three sentences entirely in French. Monsieur Dufarge looks at her through his monicle impressed]
Monsieur Dufarge: This child doesn't need to learn French, she practically *is* French! Says she learned it from her father.
Miss Minchin: I understood perfectly well what she said, Monsieur.
Sara Crewe: ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hellraiser (2019) 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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A both heartfelt and entertaining story for all ages; it's impossible to not like this movie!
22 October 2004 | by kittygirl_411See all my reviews

This movie is a must-see for every little girl as well as anyone who still believes in fairy tales. The heartwarming story of Sara Crew and her faith in spite of all odds is enough to melt even the coldest of hearts. This movie tells the story the way it really was in the novel-- unlike the Shirley Temple-sugar-coated ridiculously inaccurate version. The whole family can watch this and enjoy it because there's a little something for everyone. Although there are a few flaws to it (such as ludicrous near-death escapes that only could be believed in fairy tales; besides events that weren't even in the book), the good definitely outweighs the bad and this is an excellent addition to any collection!


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