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Princess Diaries
2001 - USA - 114 min - Color

NOTES

This teen comedy from Disney is based on a popular novel by Meg Cabot and directed by Garry Marshall ('Pretty Woman', 'Runaway Bride') . Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is a teenage klutz who's openly mocked by the popular Lana Thomas (pop singer Mandy Moore). In fact, Mia's only friend at her exclusive prep school is the socially outcast Lilly (Heather Matarazzo). Mia's life takes a dramatic turn, however, when her mom announces that her late biological father was in actuality the crown prince of a small European nation, Genovia. Now Mia is the sole heir to the throne, and her grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews) wants to tutor the awkward teen in royal behavior. It's a daunting task given Mia's lax table manners, poise, and hair care, but the girl perseveres with some makeover help from her grandmother's security chief (Hector Elizondo) and a style expert (Larry Miller). In the meantime, Mia's romantic affections are torn between the handsome, popular Josh (Erik Von Detten) and the more appropriate Michael (Robert Schwartzman), who also happens to be Lilly's brother. The Princess Diaries is the second film from Whitney Houston's production shingle after the television version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997). Karl Williams

PRODUCTION TEAM

    Debra Martin Chase - Producer
    Whitney Houston - Producer
    Mario Iscovich - Producer
    Garry Marshall - Producer / Director
    Gina Wendkos - Screenwriter
    Karl Walter Lindenlaub - Cinematographer
    John Debney - Composer (Music Score)
    Bruce Green - Editor
    Mayne Berke - Production Designer
    Caty Maxey - Art Director
    Dawn Soler - Musical Direction/Supervision
    Casey Hallenbeck - Set Designer
    Gary Jones - Costume Designer
    Scott Grossman - Choreography
    Ellen H. Schwartz - First Assistant Director / Co-producer
    Keith A. Wester - Sound/Sound Designer
    Gail Goldberg - Casting
    Donna Morong - Casting
    Marcia Ross - Casting
    Todd Toon - Supervising Sound Editor

CAST

    Anne Hathaway ..... Mia Thermopolis
    Julie Andrews ..... Clarisse
    Hector Elizondo ..... Joseph
    Heather Matarazzo ..... Lilly
    Mandy Moore ..... Lana
    Caroline Goodall ..... Helen
    Robert Schwartzman ..... Michael Moscovitz
    Erik Von Detten ..... Josh
    Sean O'Bryan ..... Mr. O'Connell
    Sandra Oh ..... Vice Principal Gupta
    Kathleen Marshall ..... Charlotte Kutaway

ADDITIONAL INFO

"The Princess Diaries" was released as a DVD on December 18, 2001. It was the sixth best-selling video of 2002 according to the January 11, 2003 edition of Billboard Magazine.

  • Director: Garry Marshall
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Box Office: $108,244,774 (USA) (by Jan 13, 2002)
  • Release: Aug 3, 2001 (USA)