• A Little Princess (1995)

A Little Princess

Release Date: August 4th, 1995

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 1997

G |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

When young Sara (Liesel Matthews) is sent to a boarding school by her well-meaning World War I-bound father (Liam Cunningham), the imaginative girl makes the best of things by entertaining her friends with fanciful tales. After running afoul of the strict headmistress, Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron), Sara receives some heartbreaking news, and is forced to work in servitude. As she struggles to keep her spirits up, she makes some remarkable discoveries that may change her seemingly bleak fate.

Cast: Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Liesel Matthews, Rusty Schwimmer, Arthur Malet, Vanessa Lee Chester, Errol Sitahal, Heather DeLoach

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Genres: Children , Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Baltimore Pictures

Keywords: Growing up, Friendship, Daughter, Rescue, Family, School, Emotional, Endearing, Fascinating, Father, New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    With its beautifully crafted starburst of colors and themes spanning its requisite Victorian gravity, A Little Princess is a beguiling little supernova of a movie I can't imagine anyone not loving. [19 May 1995, p.64]

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This is a picture that may sound sappy but probably will enrapture audiences lucky enough to catch it. [19 May 1995, p.L]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Cuaron's version of magic realism consists of seeing incredibly fanciful sets and situations in precise detail, and Johnson has provided him with the freedom and logistical support to create such places as the street where Miss Minchin's school looms so impressively. show more

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Awards

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