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  • Actors: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Rusty Schwimmer, Arthur Malet
  • Directors: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Writers: Elizabeth Chandler, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Richard LaGravenese
  • Producers: Alan C. Blomquist, Amy Ephron, Barry Levinson, Dalisa Cohen
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Dutch, French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZQX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When her father goes to war, Sara Crewe is forced to leave her idyllic home in India and enroll at an English girls' school. With the news that her father is lost in battle, Sara is left alone and penniless, but through the power of her imagination she brings the magic and wonder of her Indian existence to the strict regime of Miss Minchin's school.

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After the critical success of 1993's The Secret Garden, Warner Bros returned to the novels of Frances Hodgson Burnett to create this 1995 adaptation of A Little Princess, which instantly ranked with The Secret Garden as one of the finest children's films of the 1990s. Neither film was a huge box-office success, but their quality speaks for itself, and A Little Princess has all the ingredients of a timeless classic. A marvel of production design, the film features lavish sets built almost entirely on a studio backlot in Burbank, California. The story opens in New York just before the outbreak of World War I, when young Sara (Liesel Matthews) is enrolled in private boarding school while her father goes off to war. Under the domineering scrutiny of the school's wicked headmistress, Miss Minchen (Eleanor Bron), Sara quickly becomes popular with her schoolmates, but fate intervenes and she soon faces a stern reversal of fortune, resorting to wild flights of fancy to cope with an unexpectedly harsh reality. Rather than label her fanciful tales as escapist fantasy, A Little Princess actively encourages a child's power of imagination--a power that can be used to learn, grow, and adapt to a world that is often cruel and difficult. It's also one of the most visually beautiful films of the 90s and creates a fully detailed world within the boarding school--a place where imagination is vital to survival. A first-class production in every respect, this is one family film that should (if it's not too stuffy to say it) be considered required viewing for parents and kids alike. --Jeff Shannon

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Bryce on 10 Aug. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Shame to see a good movie unreviewed. I've watched this with my daughter (5) twice now, and we both enjoy it. The film has a child's requirements (child's point of view, wicked adult, use of imagination, etc) and from an adult viewpoint, I enjoy some of the side issues; such as, the relationship between the girls life in India and her experiences in school, or how a story of an indian prince that she relates is juxtaposed with her father's experiences in the trenches.
Some scenes border on magical, all is well-photographed. The story is a trifle over-sentimental, but that's Burnett for you. It's also a little over-dramatized - but that's Hollywood for you ...
All in all, a refreshing change from Disney's childhood.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Magnard on 21 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a really good video. It is the story of Sara Crewe. When her father gets sent to go to war, Sara has to go to Miss Minchin's acadamey. She finds sopme friends-Becky, the black servant, Lottie, the little madam and some enemies-LaVinia.
By Anna Wrigley-Howe, Age 9
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
This sentimental film succeeded in making me cry, a rare feat! I thought it was lovely, but the actress playing Sara Crewe did get quite annoying after a while. Eleanor Bron was fantastic as the horrible Miss Minchin though! One thing that really irritated me was that they had changed the book's original story, which I adored reading as a child. The school was moved from London to New York! I hate the way Hollywood wants to Americanise everything. Also the bit about her father and her fortune, although the scene where Sara and Captain Crewe are reunited was heart-rending, I do think they should have stuck to the original story. And how could they leave out Anne? She's the best bit!! If you haven't read the book, then READ IT!!! Although I liked this film, the original book is way better!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By kathryn on 11 Jun. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Some of the criticisms that have been made of this film in other reviews are that it is mushy and sentimental. I can hardly disagree with that - only say that I don't think it is TOO sentimental. The other criticism is that the plot is changed, and once again, while I can't deny this, I want to defend it.
On the change of setting: I'm British, and do occasionally get irritated with Americanisation, but in this film the changed setting really didn't annoy me (partly, I suppose, because I knew from experience what a dog's dinner American productions make of English settings). The plot was changed, and it can be seen as a sanitising - the ending is happier in the film than in the book. Ordinarily this would have irritated me, but I found the ending handled so well that I didn't care. It may verge on the sentimental, but the moment when Sarah and her father are reunited is genuinely moving.
Other things have clearly changed since the original in line with changing times. The Indian characters are looked at completely differently; Becky, the serving-girl, is black. These things do not interfere - in fact, I really liked the Indian themes throughout the film.
I also preferred Sarah's relationship with Becky in the film. While in the book the author insists the girls are on the same level, and as good as each other, that doesn't seem half so true as in the film.
The film is well structured and paced, nicely shot and has satisfying dialogue and human characters (Sarah's saintliness and Miss. Minchin's wickedness are toned down a bit) I think the thing that sets this film apart from me is the beautifully handled juxtaposition of the exotic and the dreary - the sumptuous Indian colours of Sarah's former life among the New York streets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam VINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
This film is truly wonderful. I was just mesmerised by the drama and story and it really does touch your heart. It sticks fairly close to the book about a young girl who has to go to a posh boarding school when her father is sent to war. If there is anything you need in this movie you have to forget about chocolates or drink. All you need is a huge box of tissues. It's really sad. Really well done and deserves to remain a family classic.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "jade_90" on 21 Aug. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I love this film! It is such a sweet story about young Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews- Air Force One) who has been forced to move from exotic India to New York because her father has been called to the military sevice.
She has to go to a strict boarding school and meets lots of new people: Lavinia (the school bully), Miss Minchin (the evil headmistress), Becky (a little coloured girl who is Miss Minchin's slave) and many more.
This film makes you laugh and cry with the brilliant acting of the talented Liesel Matthews.
This is a film the whole family can enjoy time and time again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KarlieneRez on 3 May 2007
Format: DVD
A gorgeous retelling of this classic story. Sara Crew is played wonderfully in this heartbreaking story of tragedy and human spirit. A story that leaves you mesmerised and inspired. I first saw this when i was maybe 13 or 14 and ive just found it and watched it again at 22 and still found it wonderfull so it appeals to all ages. deffinatly worth the watch. You cant hate it unless maybe...your a bloke....but even then, some blokes i know may shed a sneaky tear at this.

Get your kleenex ready !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. B. R. R. Hoy on 1 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was my favourite film for a long time when i was little, so much that my mum had to buy another copy as the first was ruined. Now grown up, it still means as much to me as it did then. It doesnt exactly follow the stroyline of the book, but it is a masterpiece within itself,that you can watch again and again. As you follow the life of Sara Crew there are moments of tears, followed by moments of laughter, as she stands up to the evil school mistress Miss Minchen. Definatley a must for any ime of the year.
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