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  • Acclaimed Flop: The 1995 film received heaps of praise, but audiences stayed away. Warner Brothers released it a second time, hoping the good press would generate more Box Office return but to no avail. It still got two Oscar nominations, for art direction and cinematography.
  • Acting for Two: Liam Cunningham plays Prince Rama in Sara's story in the 1995 version as well.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Sara Crewe is an absurdly wealthy girl who is Spoiled Sweet. Her actress in the 1995 film Liesel Matthewsnote  is an heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune and a philanthropist in real life. Liesel was even inspired to visit India after making the film.
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A large number of people attribute Sara's speech about how "all girls are princesses" (and deserve to be treated as such) to the book, when it was actually the invention of the 1995 film. The moral of the book was somewhat different.
  • Box Office Bomb: The 1995 film had a $17 million budget, but only made $10 million.
  • Dawson Casting: Mary Pickford played Sara in a film when she was twenty five. Averted with Shirley Temple and Liesel Matthews, as they were the same age as she was.
  • Fake American: Eleanor Bron is a British actress playing the American Miss Minchin in the 1995 film. In the same film the also British Arthur Malet plays Mr Randolph.
  • Fake Brit:
    • Played with in the 1995 film. Sara has an English father, but speaks with an American accent. Her mother is said to have attended Miss Minchin's school in her youth, which is in New York, so it's implied that Sarah's mother was an American.
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    • Captain Crewe is played by the Irish actor Liam Cunningham.
  • Follow the Leader: The 1995 film came out two years after a successful adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's other famous story - The Secret Garden. It also takes a few cues from the 1994 version of Black Beauty, featuring a couple of the same cast members.
  • I Am Not Spock: Marcia Mae Jones - Lavinia in the Shirley Temple version - received a massive amount of hate mail over how cruel Lavinia was to Sara.
  • Older Than They Think: Becky being full-on adopted as a sister to Sara is known as something from the 1995 film, but it happened as early as the 1917 adaptation with Mary Pickford.
  • One-Book Author: Liesel Matthews did this film and Air Force One before retiring from acting completely.
  • Playing Against Type: Liam Cunningham - usually a Deadpan Snarker or Jerkass - as a kind, loving father.
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  • Those Two Actors: Shirley Temple and Marcia Mae Jones both starred in an adaptation of this and Heidi as Heidi and Klara, respectively.
  • Real-Life Relative: Executive producer Alan C. Blomquist's son Will plays a rich kid who gives Sara money when she takes a temp job as a flower seller.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the 1939 film they planned to use a monkey for the scene where an animal goes into Sara's room off Ram Dass's shoulder (this would have been canon). The monkey didn't seem to like Shirley Temple and kept trying to bite her, so they used a parrot instead.
    • The book began as a short story which had a play based on it - before the publisher requested a more full-length novel. Some things differed in the short story from the full book - such as Captain Crew dying of liver disease rather than brain fever, and Sara being an avid reader.


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