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Ever After: A Cinderella Story

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Danielle/Cinderella's (Drew Barrymore) godmother is no fantasy little old lady, but a flesh and blood Leonardo da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey).Still of Drew Barrymore in Ever After: A Cinderella StoryDrew Barrymore and Dougray Scott at event of Ever After: A Cinderella StoryAndy Tennant in Ever After: A Cinderella StoryStill of Drew Barrymore and Richard O'Brien in Ever After: A Cinderella StoryStill of Jeanne Moreau in Ever After: A Cinderella Story

The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.8/10 (30,917 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Andy Tennant

Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

With the sudden death of her loving father, Danielle is made a servant by her new stepmother. She also has two new stepsisters, one quite kind but the other one really horrid. Still, Danielle grows up to be a happy and strong-willed young lady, and one day her path crosses that of handsome Prince Henry, who has troubles of his own at home. Luckily the nice Leonardo da Vinci is on hand to help all round.

Writers: Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant

Drew Barrymore - Danielle
Anjelica Huston - Rodmilla
Dougray Scott - Prince Henry
Patrick Godfrey - Leonardo
Megan Dodds - Marguerite
Melanie Lynskey - Jacqueline
Timothy West - King Francis
Judy Parfitt - Queen Marie
Jeroen Krabbé - Auguste
Lee Ingleby - Gustave
Kate Lansbury - Paulette
Matyelok Gibbs - Louise
Walter Sparrow - Maurice
Jeanne Moreau - Grande Dame
Anna Maguire - Young Danielle

Taglines: Desire. Defy. Escape.


Official Website: Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 31 July 1998

Filming Locations: Château de Fénélon, Dordogne, France

Box Office Details

Budget: $26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,526,904 (USA) (2 August 1998) (1767 Screens)

Gross: $98,005,666 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

At one point Queen Marie (Judy Parfitt) tells Henry (Dougray Scott) to choose a wife wisely, because "divorce is only something they do in England." This is obviously a reference to the infamous Henry VIII of England, who caused an immense scandal when he divorced Catherine of Aragon for Anne Boleyn in the early 16th century.

Continuity: Near the end of the movie, Henry sits down with Danielle to try on a slipper. When it shows Danielle from the front, her hair is pushed behind on her shoulders. But when it shows her from the side or the back, her hair is separated and pulled forward on each side.

Maurice: [to Danielle] I thought I was looking at your mother.

User Review

Once upon a time...


...A filmmaker decided to do another rendition of Cinderella; and what a beautiful rendition it is!

Cinderella was always my favorite fairy tale, but this movie, at first, looked like yet another poor updating. Imagine my surprise when I watched it on video. It was beautiful, funny, thoughtful, smart, and wonderful. It brings the romance of the story fully to life and touches the heart. Sure, there are errors in history and anachronisms; but, it's a fairy tale. King Arthur wouldn't have worn plate armor, either.

Drew Barrymore delivers her best performance ever. The accent is a bit distracting, but she is consistent with it, unlike certain Robin Hood's I could name. She delivers on the promise she demonstrated as a youngster and brings those Barrymore genes to life. She handles the comedy as ably as the romance. You laugh when she first hits the Prince with an apple (pretty good shot, too!). You ache for her as her world seems to fall apart when Prince Henry learns the truth. You cheer when she renders justice to her oppressors.

Dougray Scott is a fine handsome Prince, a thinker as well as a fighter. His eyes are opened to the world he lives in by this passionate girl. Angelica Huston really adds the evil to the "evil stepmother". The rest of the supporting cast are uniformly great.

The addition of Da Vinci, if historically incorrect, is a nice twist on the Fairy Godmother. Who better to help a child of reason and enlightenment?

This is a true romance, a rare thing in today's movies, including the so-called "romantic comedies." It is a wonderful piece of work and a fine update to a classic tale.

And they lived happily ever after, indeed!

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