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Princess Caraboo (Bilingual)

Phoebe Cates , Jim Broadbent , Michael Austin    DVD
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This gentle "true" fairy tale succeeds on nearly every level, becoming an intelligent handling of a tabloid story. In 1817 a young foreign drifter (Phoebe Cates, never better) sets a small portion of England buzzing that she is a royal princess from an uncharted land. This feels like a magical movie with slightly overcooked characters, such as Kevin Kline's Greek butler. The supporting cast is older than in most movies of this type--no cute actors, we have performers with chiseled features and gruff voices. Director Michael Austin's decision to approach this as a true story keeps things firmly grounded so the eccentrics are not overplayed. Beautifully filmed by the great Freddie Francis (Glory) and featuring a surprisingly rich cast (Stephen Rea, Wendy Hughes, Jim Broadbent, and John Lithgow), this is simply the best family movie since The Secret Garden. --Doug Thomas

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun Nov. 26 2012
By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We didn't really know what to expect when we ordered this movie, but it looked intriguing. There weren't any surprises, but it was fun to watch. It's great to have a lighthearted movie to watch in light of all the serious things that happen in our lives. I would recommend it for a nice change from heavy drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Love has no Conditions March 30 2010
Format:DVD
Princess Caraboo ran away from a life of prostitution in London pretending to be a foreign princess. A wealthy family welcomed her believing her story with doubts on behalf of some. The special princess won the love of almost every member in that wealthy mansion including an Irish reporter Gutch, who at the end would leave everything to be united with the princess on her way to Philadelphia. Her past life was not an obstacle for Gutch to love her because her acting skills made her what she wished and wanted to be. I enjoyed the movie.
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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars CHARMING ADULT FAIRYTALE... Jan. 1 2002
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
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, which 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Charmed, I'm sure
Phoebe Cates is nothing short of charming in this unexpectedly wonderful movie. But why unexpected? Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001 by Raymond D. Farmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant performances, "charming" film
In the early 19th century, a woman in foreign garb is found walking the English countryside. Her language is a mystery. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2001 by the_smoking_quill
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the film 3 for the DVD!
This is an excellent film beautifully acted surprisingly by Phoebe Cates as well as a wonderful supporting cast. Read more
Published on July 5 2001 by Cybele A. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars lavish costume comedy
PRINCESS CARABOO walks a fine line between costume drama and comedy, and combines the two genres perfectly! Read more
Published on April 10 2001 by Byron Kolln
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, magical story with some minor social commentary
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... Read more
Published on June 25 2000 by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent romantic light comedy
This is definitely not the typical Phoebe Cates fare - if you're expecting an 18th Century version of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High', you might be disappointed. Read more
Published on Dec 3 1999 by Ian Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful story with wonderful ensemble of actors
This story of a poor British girl with limited means and a big imagination is one of my favorite movies, and always leaves a smile on my face (and maybe a few tears in my eyes,... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 1999
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