An engaging version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale of a girl who's sent to a boarding school in New York when her father must serve in World War I. The young girl learns that, despite the treatment she receives from a strict headmistress, she'll always be a princess.
When Sara Crewe's wealthy father is called upon to fight in the British Army, he enrolls her in Miss Minchin's School For Girls. There, Sara's imagination and gift for storytelling win over the other students -- but not the stern Miss Minchin, who immediately bans all make-believe on campus. However, Sara continues to tell her exotic tales late into the night, when the cranky headmistress is fast asleep. Then, one day, Miss Minchin coldly informs Sara that her father died in battle, and that the only way she can keep a roof over her head is to work as a servant. Sara loses her beautiful room and her fine possessions and moves into the cold, dark attic. But even as she scrubs the toilets and mops the floors, little Sara Crewe holds firmly to her belief that her father is still alive... and she'll do anything, even risk Miss Minchin's wrath, to discover the truth.
Remake of the 1939 film "The Little Princess." Released theatrically in the USA May 10, 1995. It grossed $10 million domestically. Color by Technicolor. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded Patrick Doyle the best music prize and Bo Welch the best production design prize for 1995. Director Alfonso Cuaron received the Association's new generation award. The film itself was the runner-up for best picture. Additional credits: David Fudge, Tina Stauffer, Catherine Bond, Gabriela Vazquez (assistant directors); Jill Greenberg Sands (casting); John Dexter (set design); Hugo Weng, Simon Coke, Steve Richardson, Don Sylvester, Mark Pappas (sound editors); Warner Bros. Imaging Technology (visual effects). Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...A LITTLE PRINCESS has a striking picture book quality to it..." - 02/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.47
"...Stylish....Color-drenched fantasy scenes..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 05/18/1995 USA Today, p.12D
"...Translated with a wonderful modern verve....The prevailing mood is magical." -- Rating: A - 06/02/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.43
"...A children's film that plays equally well to kids and adults....Matthews is a constant delight....Marvelously crafted in every respect..." - 05/01/1995 Variety
"...Well-directed and produced: Cuaron's version of magic realism consists of seeing incredibly fanciful sets and situations in precise detail..." - 05/19/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33
"Emmanuel Lubezki shot this enchanting film with all the warmth he brings to THE TREE OF LIFE." - 05/27/2011 Wall Street Journal