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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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:May 10, 1995


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Patrick Doyle Best Music Score 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Carasik Best Art Direction 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Emmanuel Lubezki Best Cinematography 1995 Nominee


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


Alfonso Cuarón
Richard LaGravenese
Emmanuel Lubezki
Charles Minsky
Patrick Doyle
Patrick Doyle
Composer (Music Score)
Jose Antonio Garcia
Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Weisberg
Alan C. Blomquist
Executive Producer
John Dexter
Set Designer
Cheryl Carasik
Set Designer
Lawrence Hubbs
Set Designer
Judianna Makovsky
Costume Designer
Stephen P. Dunn
First Assistant Director
Julie Hewett