A Little Princess

A Little Princess

Director: Alfonso Cuarón Cast: Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Liesel Matthews


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A privileged, free-spirited young girl tries to adapt to life in a strict boarding school in this charming, critically acclaimed children's fantasy. Adapting a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, also the author of The Secret Garden, the film shifts the story's setting to World War I. 10 year-old Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews) has been left in a respected New York City boarding school while her British father heads overseas to fight. Filled with wild stories and a playful attitude, the unconventional Sara becomes popular amongst her classmates but quickly comes into conflict with the harsh headmistress, Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron), who attempts to quash the child's individuality. The young girl's situation takes a serious turn for the worse when she unexpectedly receives word of her father's death, and, suddenly impoverished, is forced into life as a servant. Treated as a lesser class of person by her former companions, Sara instead befriends her fellow servants and turns to the power of imagination in order to maintain hope for the future. In addition to changing the story's setting, screenwriters Richard LaGravenese and Elizabeth Chandler add a layer of Indian mythology to the tale, allowing director Alfonso Cuaron the chance to punctuate the riches-to-rags fable with a series of lush, imaginative fantasy sequences. Though A Little Princess had difficulty attracting audiences during its initial run, its visual splendor and touching storytelling were praised by many critics, several of whom proclaimed the film one of the best family-oriented productions of its time.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2016
UPC: 0883929556014
Original Release: 1995
Rating: G
Source: Warner Home Video
Sales rank: 21,579

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eleanor Bron Miss Minchin
Liam Cunningham Captain Crewe/Prince Rama
Liesel Matthews Sara Crewe
Rusty Schwimmer Amelia Minchin
Arthur Malet Charles Randolph
Vanessa Lee Chester Becky
Heather DeLoach Ermengarde
Taylor Fry Lavinia
Alison Moir Princess Sita
Tim Winters Frances, Milkman
Lomax Study Monsieur Dufarge
Vincent Schiavelli Mr Barrow
Nathaniel Merrill Doctor in Hospital
Peggy Miley Mabel, Cook
Robert P. Cohen Ermengarde's Father
David Fresco Begger Man in Fantasy Forest
Judith Drake Bakery Woman
Chris Ellis Policeman
Kelsey Mulrooney Lottie
Kaitlin Cullum Ruth
Camilla Belle Jane

Technical Credits
Alfonso Cuarón Director
Alan C. Blomquist Executive Producer
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
John Dexter Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Doyle Score Composer,Songwriter
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Stephen P. Dunn Asst. Director
Jose Antonio Garcia Musical Direction/Supervision
Julie Hewett Makeup
Lawrence Hubbs Set Decoration/Design
Mark Johnson Producer
Richard LaGravenese Screenwriter
Alan E. Lorimer Special Effects
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Minsky Cinematographer
Robert Norin Makeup
Jill Greenberg Sands Casting
Steve Weisberg Editor
Robert W. Welch Production Designer

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A Little Princess 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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I loved it dearly, I loved little sara. it was sad but wonderful! i cried, and it's a good family video!! It teaches girls a lesson about kindness and love!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! I have not yet come across finding the movie. But I'm sure it's just as good because I am going to take everyone's advice and opinions. I hope you enjoy it, for I did!I cried and wanted to be just like her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW. This movie was so much better than I expected. I cried, I laughed. It was a great movie and I was so happy for a great ending. What a great movie. Rent. A-
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book and I absulutely loved it. But then I saw the movie. The actors were great, the costumes were good, beaututiful scenery...but they really changed the story around. I thoguht the girl who played Sara was a good enough actress but her as Sara was wrong. In the book Sara was said to have green eyes and long, black hair. Well, as you can see this girl does not have black hair. Anyhow, I think it was a very good family movie but for those who like the real story I suggest you see the BBC version instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have viewed in a while. The character of Sara captivates the audience with her youthfulness and innocence. This movie is full of suspence, a bit of laughter, and especially some heart-felt moments. Sure to bring a tear to the soft-hearted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice scenery, but not for purists. The movie is visually stunning, but the plot is only barely related to the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Needs a better actress as Sara.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is the best movie ever and has been my favorite since i first saw it. it makes me cry every time and i love it soOoOoO much! every1 who loves fantasy stories should see this and every1 who doesn't should too! cuz i love it sooOoOoOo much! ...... ps miss minchen is a meanie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1995 film version of ''A Little Princess'' ranks up there with the 1993 ''Secret Garden'' as among the best family films ever made. It has high production values, beautiful cinematography, and superb child acting. Liesel Matthews to me gives the best portrayal of Sara Crewe that I've seen. She's very charming and believable. I have seen the earlier 1939 film version with Shirley Temple, but neither she nor that film can match this far superior remake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice storytelling, costumes. Sad drama but alright movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best movie i've ever seen it's one of my personal favorites i love the movie my favorite character is Sara i love and enjoy how she believes in the magic india is a beutiful place! and the movie is the greatest of all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing! It is a heart-warming story that the whole family can enjoy. I loved it and I'm sure you will too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
NOt only is the movie intriguing to the mind, but also to the eye. The camera work is so spectacular and follows along with Cuaron's adaptation of The Secret Garden. The Indian legends behind the movie are wonderfully accurate and a great way to expand anyone's knowledge of Indian history.
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I really liked this movie a lot. You see, I've read the book, and when there was a movie out, I got anxious to see it. I saw it, and I cried, I laughed, I just loved it! When I was reading the book, it made everything sound so beautiful, even the ugly parts, and when I saw the movie, the producers definitely put the brutatlity in realtity. But, it was an awesome movie, and I would recommend it to "classie lovers"
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