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Princess Caraboo Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Loosely based on an actual incident, this family-friendly British comedy is also a sly satire of class consciousness. Phoebe Cates stars as a woman who appears in the English countryside of 1817 wearing exotic garb and speaking gibberish. Delivered to a nearby manor, the mystery woman is sheltered by the Worralls (Wendy Hughes and Jim Broadbent), who are then persuaded by their suspicious Greek butler Frixos (Kevin Kline, Cates' real-life husband) to have the drifter tried for vagrancy and begging, capital crimes. At the hearing, however, the woman persuades the magistrate through pantomime that she is a princess of Javanese origin named Caraboo, escaped from pirate kidnappers. The Worralls welcome Caraboo back into their home, lavishing upon her the deference due a royal. A society sensation, Caraboo wins over a linguist (John Lithgow), the prince regent (John Session), and even Frixos. Only an Irish reporter, Gutch (Stephen Rea), remains skeptical about Caraboo's origins. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 1994

Cast

Phoebe Cates
as Princess Caraboo
Jim Broadbent
as Mr. Worrall
Wendy Hughes
as Mrs. Worrall
Kevin Kline
as Frixos
John Lithgow
as Professor Wilkinson
Stephen Rea
as Gutch
Peter Eyre
as Lord Apthorpe
Jacqueline Pearce
as Lady Apthorpe
John Wells
as Reverend Hunt
John Lynch
as Amon McCarthy
John Sessions
as Prince Regent
Arkie Whiteley
as Betty
Roger Lloyd Pack
as Magistrate Haythorne
Annabel Brooks
as Lady Neville
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs Peake
Rachel Fielding
as Mrs Benson
Jerry Hall
as Lady Motley
Barbara Keogh
as Mrs Wilberforce
Steven Mackintosh
as Harold
Murray Melvin
as Lord Motley
Andrew Seear
as Mr Peake
David Sibley
as Harrison
Jacqueline Tong
as Mrs Hunt
Edward Tudor-Pole
as Lord Neville
Dougray Scott
as Dragoon Captain
Edward Tudor-Pole
as Lord Neville
Jerry Hall
as Lady Motley
Murray Melvin
as Lord Motley
Annabel Brooks
as Lady Neville
Jacqueline Tong
as Mrs Hunt
David Sibley
as Harrison
Steven Mackintosh
as Harold
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs Peake
Andrew Seear
as Mr Peake
Roger Lloyd Pack
as Magistrate Haythorne
Barbara Keogh
as Mrs Wilberforce
Rachel Fielding
as Mrs Benson

Crew

Michael Austin
Director
Andrew S. Karsch
Producer
Simon Bosanquet
Producer
John Wells
Screenwriter
Michael Austin
Screenwriter
Freddie Francis
Cinematographer
Kelvin Pike
Cinematographer
Eddie Collins
Cinematographer
Peter Glossop
Musical Direction/Supervision
George Akers
Editor
Michael Howells
Production Designer
Marc Abraham
Executive Producer
Armyan Bernstein
Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg
Executive Producer
Tom Rand
Costume Designer
Ian Wingrove
Special Effects
Lucy Boulting
Casting
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