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The Princess Diaries (2001)

Coming Out at 3 August 2001 in theaters.

Comedy, Family, Romance

The Princess Diaries is coming-of-age teen comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Garry Marshall. Based on Meg Cabot’s 2000 young adult novel of the same name, the film was written by Gina Wendkos and stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, with a supporting cast consisting of Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall and Robert Schwartzman. The film follows Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway), a shy American teenager who learns she is heir to the throne of a European kingdom. Under the tutelage of her estranged grandmother (Andrews), the kingdom’s reigning queen, Mia must decide whether to claim the throne she has inherited or renounce her title permanently.

Feeling confident about the novel’s film potential, Cabot’s agent pursued producer Debra Martin Chase about adapting The Princess Diaries into a feature-length film, an idea she pitched to Disney upon reading the book. After obtaining the film rights, Disney originally greenlit the project under the title The Princess of Tribeca, reverting it once its setting was changed from New York to San Francisco, where the majority of the film was shot between September and December 2000. Marshall, who was known for helming several romantic comedies, agreed to direct because he found the story ideal for family entertainment. Despite having little involvement in the film’s development, Cabot was consulted about various changes to its story and characters. Hathaway won the lead role over several established young actresses in her motion picture debut, while The Princess Diaries commemorated the end of Andrews’ semi-retirement from acting and return to Disney films, her first since Mary Poppins (1964).

Released on August 3, 2001, the film was an unexpected commercial success, grossing over $165 million worldwide. Despite earning mixed reviews for its plot and themes, Hathaway’s performance was widely praised by film critics. Ranking among the most profitable films of 2001, The Princess Diaries defied industry expectations as pundits had expected the film to underperform due to its G-rating and subject matter. The film’s success is credited with establishing Hathaway as a bankable actress and reviving Andrews’ film career. A sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, was released in 2004 to similar success, while rumors of a possible third installment have persisted since 2015.

Director: Garry Marshall

Writers: Meg Cabot (novel), Gina Wendkos

Stars: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, Robert Schwartzman


Julie AndrewsQueen Clarisse Renaldi
Anne HathawayMia Thermopolis
Hector ElizondoJoe
Heather MatarazzoLilly Moscovitz
Mandy MooreLana Thomas
Caroline GoodallMia’s Mom, Helen
Robert SchwartzmanMichael Moscovitz
Erik von DettenStudent Josh Bryant
Patrick John FluegerStudent Jeremiah Hart
Sean O’BryanTeacher Mr. O’Connell
Sandra OhVice Principal Gupta
Kathleen MarshallCharlotte Kutaway
Mindy BurbanoGym Teacher Harbula
Kimleigh SmithMusic Teacher Wells
Elizabeth GudenrathCheerleader Anna
Bianca LopezCheerleader Fontana
Tamara LevinsonCheerleader Lupe
Lenore Thomas DouglasCable Show Student Melissa
Erik BraggStudent Bobby Bad
Abigail Green-DoveStudent Linda Green
Meredith ShevoryStudent Meredith
Anita Marie CurranNewspaper Student Anita
Korry CannonNewspaper Student Korry
Cassie RowellSinging Student Alice
Chrissy GilmanBeach Student
Todd LoweLana’s Date Eric
Joe UnitasCoach Joe Ewe
Reggie StantonCoach Dave Adams
Joel McCraryPrime Minister Motaz
Clare SeraMrs. Motaz
Juliet ElizondoDaughter Marissa Motaz
Greg LewisBaron Siegfried von Troken
Bonnie AaronsBaroness Joy von Troken
Darwood ChungEmperor Sakamoto
Julie ParisPrincess Palisades
Jeff MichalskiScottish Duke
Erin O’ReillyScottish Duchess
Steve RestivoCount Vitello
Brigitta LaurenLady Lindenlaub
Jane MorrisLady Evergreen
Gary CombsLord Fricker
Adam WilliamsDinner Guest Adam
Marvin BravermanState Dinner Waiter
Allan KentState Dinner Waiter
Robert GlaudiniConsulate Valet Adolpho
Bill FerrellConsulate Guard Darrell
Joe RossConsulate Maitre D’
Steve TotlandConsulate Waiter
Charles GuardinoLimo Driver Mel
Sparrow HeatleyGretchen
Gwenda PerezHelga
Barbara MarshallLady Jerome
Sam DenoffLord Jerome
Tracy ReinerPress Secretary Spencer
Dale HikawaBand Leader Dawn Kawa
Daru KawalkowskiCountess Puck
Diane FrazenBall Guest Diane
Stanley FrazenBall Guest Stanley
Barbara NaboznyBall Guest Barbara
Ira GlickBall Guest Dr. Glunk
Sol RosenthalLawyer Ball Guest
Hope Alexander-WillisLady Caroline
Joe Allen PriceFather Joseph
Willie BrownSelf
Patrick RichwoodNeighbor Mr. Robutusen
John McGivernCable Car Conductor Macintosh
Terry BrownPoliceman Washington
James Brown OrleansDoctor Motors
Rob ZylowskiPizza Delivery Man
Karl MakinenClimbing Manager Schiavone
Sunny HawksClimbing Instructor Vivian
Kathy GarverCable Tourist
Mary KnollTrolley Tourist #2
Jason AshlandTrolley Tourist #1
Erika YoungUmbrella Lady
Ethan SandlerTour Bus Driver
Bill FrickerAutograph Father
Shan ElliotMichael’s Band Flypaper
Trey Goodman CarterMichael’s Band Flypaper
Bud MarkowitzPear Juggler
Michelle Yerger911 Nun
Wendy S. Hallin911 Nun
Mark ThompsonDJ Mark
Brian PhelpsDJ Brian
Lily Marshall-FrickerKid Autograph Seeker
Charlotte Marshall-FrickerKid Autograph Seeker
Sandra TaylorSuki Sanchez
Tom HinesNelson Davenport
Nicholle TomTeen Reporter Cassie
Patrick NoonanSuki’s Cameraman
Ali GageBeach Reporter Ali
John MoranBeach Photographer
Tanya DiFrancescoBeach Reporter Tanya
Shannon WilcoxBall Reporter
Niloufar SafaieBall Reporter
Tonje LarsgardBall Reporter
Flora ChongStreet Reporter
Rueben GrundyStreet Reporter
Gwen HollowayStreet Reporter
Lori SigristTwin Reporter
Terri SigristTwin Reporter
Fat Louie
Andy ArnessTeacher
Rene AuberjonoisPhilippe Renaldi (voice)
Seth BellistonStudent
Ned BrowerMichael’s Band Flypaper
Cabran E. ChamberlainTrolley Spectator
Carol DePasqualeAngry Mom
Elizabeth DixonStudent
Jodi EssexModel
Don FeldsteinVoiceover
Joe FinneganPolice Escort
Jay FlatsDancer
Quinn HanchetteBusboy
Lance R. JonesLifeguard
Taylor LockeBand Member
Carly LynPrivate School Student
Lauren MaltbyBeach Student in Blue Dress
Troy MartinPaparazzi
Meghan McGovernStudent
Larry MillerPaolo
Alex MooreStudent
Nita RainwaterBallroom Dancer
Barry RatcliffeCop #2
Craig RichardsStudent’s Father
Justin RootBoarding School Student
Danny RyderSelf – Mountain Biker
Brian SampsonTrolley Spectator
Nicki SixteenStudent
P.J. StoverReporter
Kevin TashBaseball Player
Terry WayneClark

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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