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A Little Princess 1995

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 kil...

Starring:
Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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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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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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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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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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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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This is one of my all time favorite movies. Great story, great acting, great ending. I have also read the book and i think I'll take this heart-wrenching greatly orchestrated ending over the oh yeah your fortunes doubled no go feed poor kids ending of the book. I loved Sara and she was cute, not annoying. One thing that I thought was great about this version was that in a movie about people who came from India they actually have a man from India in it. I also think that making Becky black seemed wierd because of the way she was depicted in the novel, at first, but helped to make the movie better the the novel ever was. Loved it Loved it Loved it! Great movie for kids (especially girls although male children seem to like it too) and for adults and you will probably cry, well unless you are cold hearted.
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A beautiful story with no boring or slow parts. A magical atmosphere that one can appreciate whatever age. Characters are easy to relate to and to love. Brilliant film.
A young girl goes to stay at a private boarding school while her father goes out to war. After hearing news of his death she is made to be a servant girl and live in the attic to pay off some of the debt. While there, she befriends the other servant girl and try to make light of the situation.
I own this dvd and I make everyone watch it. Garanteed tears at the end and giggles in the middle.
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