A Little Princess

May 10th, 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.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 7.5/10 (11,898 voted)

Critic's Score: 83/100

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham

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.

Writers: Frances Hodgson Burnett, Richard LaGravenese

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

Taglines: From the Author of "The Secret Garden"

Release Date: 10 May 1995

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000(estimated)

Gross: $10,019,307 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Some of the extras in the flower lady scene also played parents in the parents day scene.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sara enters Lavinia's room to light a fire we hear the door close even though it is still open.

Miss Minchin: Don't tell me you still fancy yourself a princess? Child, look around you! Or better yet, look in the mirror.
Sara Crewe: I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn't he?

User Review

A DEFINITIVE INSTANCE when the Academy, indeed the public, truly missed the mark...and indeed missed out

Rating: 10/10

This film reminds you what life's all about. Emmanual Luzbeki's cinematography demands praise- it's so stunningly beautiful one wonders why he didn't win the oscar. Indeed, this film is flawlessly scripted, acted, and executed, it is perhaps the definitive example of how the Academy oftentimes nominates based on box-office receipts, and not based on merit. *&#$() braveheart, THIS movie was the best film of 1995. And should have been nominated. No other film makes me tear up or cry as much for its brutal honesty, it's uncliched tenderness, and heartfelt truth about those ultimately human truths- love, kindness, and the magic of believing. Rarely does a film so positively move one's heart. Seek this film out. Go now.