The Princess and the Marine (2001)

Release Date - Feb 18, 2001 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Its hokey title notwithstanding, this intensely dramatic TV-movie chronicled the true story of the star-crossed romance between Bahrainian princess Meriam Al-Khalifa (Marisol Nichols) and U.S. Marine Jason Johnson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). Even if Meriam was not already committed to an arranged marriage, her strict Muslim parents would never approve of her union with an American Mormon. Determined to be together, the couple manages to sneak out of Meriam's homeland with forged papers. Will they make it to the United States -- and if so, will diplomatic protocol dictate that Meriam be returned to her own country? The Princess and the Marine made its NBC bow on February 18, 2001.