Enchating drama based on a children's classic
A Little Princess is a luminous and buoyant screen interpretation of a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden). Liesel Matthews plays Sara Crewe, a ten year old who leaves India in 1914 to register in the New York school for girls her late mother attended. Just before going off to the front in World War I, her father reinforces Sara's faith in the redemptive power of imagination and in her special place in his heart.
At the restrictive school, Sara regales classmates with her phantasmagorical tales about an Indian princess. When her father is reported killed in action, Sara's charmed life is turned upside down. She relies upon her beliefs in magic and in her inner royalty as a stay against the tyrannical efforts of the school's headmistress to shame her and to stamp out her creative spirit.
Director Alfonso Cuaron taps all of the enchanting elements in this heart-affecting tale and comes up with one of the best children's films in many a moon.
Anyone who professes to want good "family values" in today's movies should buy this video and tell all their friends about it. The film bombed during two theatrical releases, causing industry insiders to openly wonder why there is such a fuss over sex and violence in movies when the public then ignores a beautifully constructed, marvelously acted, positive portrait of family life like A Little Princess.
Beautiful and moving tale
This film is about a young girl whose father goes to war leaving her as a rich boarding school child, when he is tragically killed (or so it is reported) she is stripped of everything she owns, except her imagination, and forced in to servitude. She fills her days with dreams and eventually escapes life from the miserable Miss Minchin. I would definately recommend to everyone, old and young alike, its such a beautiful story and so well played.
A Little Princess (DVD 1999)
This is an absolutely magical and enchanting film that all children and adults alike will love.
It tells the story of a young girl left in a boarding school while her father is away at war and how she survives after hearing of her fathers death.
It will bring tears of joy and laughter.
My daughter was given this as a present on VHS when she was 13 and loved it so much I decided to buy her a copy on DVD for xmas. She was absolutely thrilled!!
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A Little Princess (DVD 1999)
WOW- What a really enjoyable film more for the princesses of this world maybe not for the men as you no what they can be like (girly films and all that), I really enjoyed watching this with my two girls 3 & 11, :0)
The children continually watch this. The film is about a little girl who is a princess and life is made miserable until the end. I bought this film because someone had told me what a great film at was- I would recommend this film for young and old alike.
It was Funny ,imaginative, and very easy to watch. Highly Recommended to all !!
A Little Princess
A charming story. Riches to rags to riches about a little girl whose life is thrown into turmoil when her Daddy dies. Despite going from riches to rags, she still seeks to help others and eventually all comes right for her. This is a book I loved as a child and have been delighted to introduce it to my own daughter through the medium of DVD. As with most translations from book to DVD, not all the tiny details could be portrayed, but a very good film none the less. Enjoy!