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Still shot from the movie: A Little Princess.

A Little Princess

It's the early 1900's, and Liesel Matthews plays Sara Crewe, the daughter of a wealthy British businessman. Her father leaves for the war, and she is left under the cold stare of Headmistress Minchin. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: A
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 97
Theater Release: 10 May 1995
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MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How did Sara’s attitude about her difficult living conditions help to make the situation more bearable? Likewise, how does Miss Minchin’s attitude contribute to her unhappiness even though her circumstances are good?

The conclusion of this movie harks back to the days of the Hays Production Code (see Ratings Under Pressure in our Big Picture section). Introduced during the 1930’s but replaced with the current rating system in the late 60’s, the code insisted that the bad guy meet with his just rewards. Could Miss Minchin have learned her lesson any other way?

If your family enjoys A Little Princess, look in your library for the Frances Hodgson Burnett book that the movie was based upon. Your children will be amazed at how much can change between a novel and a screenplay.

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