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Princess Caraboo (1994)



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Loosely based on an actual incident, this family-friendly British comedy is also a sly satire of class consciousness. Phoebe Cates stars as a woman who appears in the English countryside of 1817 wearing exotic garb and speaking gibberish. Delivered to a nearby manor, the mystery woman is sheltered by the Worralls (Wendy Hughes and Jim Broadbent), who are then persuaded by their suspicious Greek butler Frixos (Kevin Kline, Cates' real-life husband) to have the drifter tried for vagrancy and begging, capital crimes. At the hearing, however, the woman persuades the magistrate through pantomime that she is a princess of Javanese origin named Caraboo, escaped from pirate kidnappers. The Worralls welcome Caraboo back into their home, lavishing upon her the deference due a royal. A society sensation, Caraboo wins over a linguist (John Lithgow), the prince regent (John Session), and even Frixos. Only an Irish reporter, Gutch (Stephen Rea), remains skeptical about Caraboo's origins.

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Phoebe Cates
as Princess Caraboo
Jim Broadbent
as Mr. Worrall
Wendy Hughes
as Mrs. Worrall
John Lithgow
as Wilkinson
Peter Eyre
as Apthorpe
Jacqueline Pearce
as Lady Apthorpe
Roger Lloyd-Pack
as Magistrate Haythorne
John Wells
as Reverend Hunt
John Lynch
as Amon McCarthy
John Sessions
as Prince Regent
Ewan Bailey
as Ship's Captain
Annabel Brooks
as Lady Neville
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs. Peake
Rachel Fielding
as Mrs. Benson
Anoushka Fooks
as Charlotte
David Glover
as Musician
Jerry Hall
as Lady Motley
Peter Howell
as Clerk of the Court
Barbara Keogh
as Mrs. Wilberforce
Anthony Van Laast
as 2nd Dress Maker
Philip Lester
as Print Worker
Tim McMullan
as Light-Fingered Aristocrat
Murray Melvin
as Lord Motley
Dougray Scott
as Dragoon Captain
Andrew Seear
as Mr. Peake
David Sibley
as Harrison
Ed Stobart
as Footman
as Fire Eater
Pauline Thomson
as First Dressmaker
Jacqueline Tong
as Mrs. Hunt
Edward Tudor Pole
as Lord Neville
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Critic Reviews for Princess Caraboo

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

The great costumes and sets are more substantial than the plot and characters.

February 11, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Michael Austin's Princess Caraboo is a surprise delight: an English film that knows exactly what it's doing, and does it with style.

December 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Moderately amusing social satire of mistaken identity, that has little bite.

January 11, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

This would probably be a hit in 2003. Yes, it is that horrible.

April 11, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

This snappy and exuberant comedy celebrates creativity as an asset of free spirits.

April 26, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Princess Caraboo

It was cute enough.

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