Ever After: A Cinderella StoryJuly 31, 1998
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
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
Desire. Defy. Escape.
Fox [United States] |
Release Date: 31 July 1998
Filming Locations: Château de Fénélon, Dordogne, France
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,526,904
(2 August 1998)
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.
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.
I thought I was looking at your mother.
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
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
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!