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Princess Caraboo (1994)

Phoebe Cates , Jim Broadbent , Michael Austin  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Phoebe Cates, Jim Broadbent, Wendy Hughes, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow
  • Directors: Michael Austin
  • Writers: John Wells, Michael Austin
  • Producers: Andrew S. Karsch, Armyan Bernstein, Marc Abraham, Simon Bosanquet, Tom Rosenberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F5ZL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Princess Caraboo" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Caraboo, a beautiful and exotic young woman who speaks an unknown language, mysteriously appears ina small English village in 1817. Her arrival creates tremondous curiosity among the townspeople, and she soon captures the imagination of England's wealthy aristocrats, who decide that she must be Japanese royalty.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CHARMING ADULT FAIRYTALE... January 1, 2002
Format:DVD
Based upon a true story, this is a charming film with wonderful performances by a stellar cast. It tells the tale of a mysterious young woman (Phoebe Cates) in nineteenth century England, who is found wandering the countryside dressed in outlandish clothing and supposedly speaking no English. She is taken in by a kindly aristocratic family, and she gulls them into believing that she is some sort of exotic, foreign royal, Princess Caraboo.

Princess Caraboo charms all who meet her. Everyone is intrigued by her. Just who is she and where is she from? The Greek butler (Kevin Kline) thinks that she is an imposter. The aristocratic couple ( Jim Broadbent and Wendy Hughes), who virtually adopt her, believe her to be the real deal. The skeptical academic (John Lithgow), who specializes in Southeastern Asian languages and dialects and was brought in to try and determine her origin, is not immune to the charm of Princess Caraboo. Even the intrepid reporter, Mr. Gutch (Stephen Rea), who is onto something that may reveal the mystery of Princess Caraboo, falls under her spell.

Phoebe Cates outdid herself, giving a wonderful performance in an inherently difficult role that calls for speaking very little, and when she does speak it is, for the most part, to utter what sounds like gibberish. She is very expressive and totally charms the viewer. Jim Broadbent and Wendy Hughes are terrific as the aristocratic couple. Kevin Kline gives an over the top performance as the wily Greek butler. John Lithgow is outstanding as the academic and drolly funny. Stephen Rea is wonderful as the conflicted reporter, giving a well nuanced and sensitive performance. All in all, this is a perfectly delightful film that is suitable for the entire family.

The DVD itself offers high quality visuals and audio, but offers no special features or bonus extras.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Princess Caraboo is simultaneously a wonderful fairy tale of a lost princess who survives harrowing adventures in a foreign land, and also a light treatment of a period of social unrest and class struggle in historic England.
The fairy tale is the more compelling of the two aspects, which makes this movie a wonderful film for adults and children alike. Cates' unswerving imperial manner juxtaposed with her childlike wonder are engrossing not only to us, the audience, but to the people swept up in her adventure, especially the wonderful Stephen Rea as a cynical journalist transformed by her strength and beauty.
The social commentary is touched upon only lightly and occasionally, making the resolution to the question of the princess somewhat of a letdown; we aren't really given anough information to understand how she got to where she did. (Sorry for the vagueness -- I'm avoiding spoilers, here.) However, the concurrent resolution of the problems of Mrs. Warren, the kind lady who took in the princess, is worth whatever confusion or incompleteness there might be.
Overall, this is a delightful story for all ages, which sparks the imagination and holds your interest until the very last moment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Family Fare May 26, 2003
Format:DVD
This is such a wonderful movie -- engaging, humorous, delightful, romantic, and based on a real event. Beautifully acted and produced, with wonderful costumes, it also provides good fodder for a family discussion of human values. It's easy for us to become complacent about the idea that "all humanity is created equal" (of equal value) - but that's a radical notion throughout most of human history, even "civilized" England from a few hundred years ago. Buy it! Enjoy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is It True, Do You Think? March 14, 2003
Format:DVD
This is a thoroughly charming story. Phoebe Cates is a marvel, and puts in a terrifically nuanced performance. Stephen Rea is a perfect Gutch, a subdued rabbit of a reporter who has the journalistic sense to sniff out and test a story, and yet may not have the nerve to shake up his life in order to claim the woman he loves. Yeesh, that sounds like something out of Danielle Steele, but trust me, the story is ravishing, but not the least gushy or "rouged". Reminds me, though, that the other thing we've seen Cates in, was a Steele-ish series, and ... well, Cates is a perfectly beguiling Caraboo/Baker (so beguiling a Caraboo, it is really a shock to find that she is actually Mary Baker), which you may not expect from the sort of "potboiler" casting of this other, Steele-ish thing. Lithgow as a skeptic-don-turned-true-believer ... I am not a huge Lithgow fan, but he is perfect is this supporting role; he carries off both ends of the transition admirably. I am astonished to read that a reviewer finds fault with Kline. Both Lithgow and Kline perform with expertly-gauged restraint; in comparison, Jim Broadbent's Mr Worrall is buffoonish, but this too is in perfect service to the story. Indeed, there is a (distant) comparison to be made between Broadbent/Kline and Bertie Wooster/Jeeves ... the light-of-intellect master, and the shrewd-but-always-decorous servant. Even Kline's zealous "testing" of Caraboo in the Worralls' absence, is brilliantly measured.
The whole cast perform wonderfully; the camera-work is a delight; the story is enchanting. If you haven't seen it, why, remedy this appalling oversight immediately!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good show. Dvd in good condition
Good show. Dvd in good condition.
Published 19 days ago by Brad Fast
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
WAS IN VERY GREAT CONDITION And totally enjoyable
Published 2 months ago by Sister Marialee Lamantia
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
Movie was bought as a gift for my Father and Mother for Christmas. I am replacing all his VHS tapes with DVD's They arrived in good condition an on time. Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by Tari Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars A fable with a measure of truth
An oddly dressed girl appears near a country village in England.
Nobody can understand her speech. She is exotic and foreign. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. E. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Princess Caraboo
I am replacing my old VHS with DVD's and this is a good one. Funny too! I recommend this movie to those who like a little less skin.
Published 12 months ago by Macawsa2
5.0 out of 5 stars always loved this movie.
was as good as I remembered. the actors are stellar, and the set design fantastic, to say nothing of the costumes! love the subtle humor from Kevin Kline.
Published 15 months ago by Chelsea V Gaboury
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
GOOD QUALITY, EXACTLY WHAT WAS ADVERTISED. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ITEM TO FRIENDS. I REALLY LIKE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PRODUCT AS WELL.
Published 17 months ago by Patricia M Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars The Princess and...
This is a lost gem. Kevin Kline is at his best in the comedy. See if you can find all the stars and cameos. This movie is good for the whole family! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gail Kessler
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah!
Tender and touching. A wonderful film, like an adult fairy tale, in which a mesmerizing, beautiful young woman captures the hearts of the elite British aristocrats. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Leann M. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Less Well Known Than It Should Be
I had a bit of a wait to get this on DVD, having once owned it on VHS, but it's all I remembered it to be - a charming Brit Flick with humor and a twist. Read more
Published on July 22, 2012 by Linda Yoder
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