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A little princess
Johnson, Mark.
Uniform Title:
Little princess (Motion picture : 1995)
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [1995]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
After an exotic childhood spent in India, young Sara Crewe finds herself in New York, immured in Miss Minchin girls' school as her father sails off to World War I. When he is lost, a severe reversal of fortune ensues. Thanks to him, Sara knows that "All girls are princesses . . . even if they wear rags or are not pretty or smart." Summoning all the qualities of a true princess, patrician and bereft Sara uses her creativity and sense of self-worth to spin magic dreams that sustain her during her time of trial.
General Note:
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1995.

Double-sided disc with full screen and widescreen versions.

Special features: Cast & crew [text feature]; A green world [text feature]; A matter of perspective [text feature]; Recommendations [text feature]; Theatrical trailers (8 min.).


Woman's right -- My little princess -- Gift for Sara -- Miss Minchin's -- Known by heart -- Too many rules -- Whistle for angels -- Gift for Becky -- No make-believe -- Parent's day blues -- Poison from sky -- Unhappy birthday -- Circle of safety -- Randolph bad news -- No magic -- Others in need -- Indian fantasy -- Dirt on Minchin -- Lavinia's curse -- Requiring care -- Rescue mission -- All girls are -- Make-believe menu -- Real feast -- Elopement -- Risky escape -- In Randolph house -- "Got to know me!" -- Princess again -- Goodbyes.
Reading Level:
MPAA Rating: Rated G.
Format :


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DVD 3815 Juvenile DVD Family Viewing

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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