Ever After

Ever After

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Director: Andy Tennant, Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

Cast: Andy Tennant, Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

     
 

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Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor. In flashback, the story then focuses on eight-year-old Danielle, daughter of a wealthy widower, a 16th-century

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Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor. In flashback, the story then focuses on eight-year-old Danielle, daughter of a wealthy widower, a 16th-century landowner. After returning to France with his new wife Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) and her two daughters, he dies of a heart attack. Ten years later, Danielle (Drew Barrymore) is now treated as a servant by the trio. Fortunately, she has an encounter with Prince Henry (Dougray Scott), who is fleeing an arranged marriage. Later, when Danielle poses as a Lady, the Prince takes an interest in her. Inventor-artist Leonardo da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey), accepting the French court's patronage, offers advice to Prince Henry on matters of the heart. George Fenton's music adds an accompaniment to the lush look of this period romance.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
There isn't much to improve upon when dealing with a classic fairy tale, but surprisingly, this charming (if slightly overlong) update of the Cinderella story has a good deal to offer even those completely familiar with its tried and true yarn. Beautifully photographed in Super-35 on location in France, with pitch-perfect production design, Ever After succeeds in creating something with a modern bent while still retaining the core of integrity that makes its story continue to resonate. Drew Barrymore is far too contemporary for the lead role, but her effortless charisma carries the film regardless, and the supporting cast is expertly chosen, with a suitably dashing Dougray Scott and wonderfully sneer-worthy Anjelica Huston standing out among many apt performances. The movie doesn't fully capitalize on its strengths, and Andy Tennant's direction is suitable but unsurprising; still, the film is classy, straightforward entertainment and designed to please. Its video version has been rated PG, seemingly with a few trims to make it even more family friendly.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
UPC:
0024543057611
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
488

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Anamorphic widescreen and full screen formats; English, French and Spanish language; English and Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Drew Barrymore Danielle
Anjelica Huston Rodmilla
Dougray Scott Prince Henry
Patrick Godfrey Leonardo da Vinci
Megan Dodds Marguerite
Melanie Lynskey Jacqueline
Jeanne Moreau Grande Dame
Timothy West King Francis
Judy Parfitt Queen Marie
Jeroen Krabbé Auguste
Lee Ingleby Gustave
Kate Lansbury Paulette
Matyelok Gibbs Louise
Richard O'Brien Pierre Le Pieu
Toby Jones Page

Technical Credits
Andy Tennant Director,Screenwriter
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Bondelli Editor
Timothy M. Bourne Co-producer
Melissa Cobb Associate Producer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Judy Farr Set Decoration/Design
George Fenton Score Composer
Susannah Grant Screenwriter
Michael Howells Production Designer
Priscilla John Casting
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Parks Screenwriter
Scott Printz Asst. Director
Kevin Reidy Co-producer
Mireille Soria Producer
Lucinda Syson Casting
Tracey Trench Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Once Upon a Time...(Main Titles)
2. Papa's Final Journey
3. The Prince and the Servant Girl
4. The "Family" de Ghent
5. Matters of Life and Death
6. Comtesse Nicole de Lancret
7. The Unwilling Heir
8. In Trouble
9. The Baroness Plots
10. A Dip With da Vinci
11. The Wealthy "Benefactor"
12. Your Father's Eyes
13. The Prince Comes to Visit
14. Marguerite Makes Her Move
15. The Gypsies
16. Hypnotized
17. Rodmilla's Revenge
18. Our Cousin Cinderella
19. Love Among the Ruins
20. The Missing Gown
21. Go to da Vinci...
22. Just Breathe...
23. The Slipper
24. The Baroness Solves Her Problem
25. The Reluctant Bride
26. The Property of Le Pieu
27. My Match in Every Way
28. The Prince's Wife
29. Happily Ever After
30. End Titles (Put Your Arms Around Me)
Side #2 -- Pan & Scan
1. Once Upon a Time...(Main Titles)
2. Papa's Final Journey
3. The Prince and the Servant Girl
4. The "Family" de Ghent
5. Matters of Life and Death
6. Comtesse Nicole de Lancret
7. The Unwilling Heir
8. In Trouble
9. The Baroness Plots
10. A Dip With da Vinci
11. The Wealthy "Benefactor"
12. Your Father's Eyes
13. The Prince Comes to Visit
14. Marguerite Makes Her Move
15. The Gypsies
16. Hypnotized
17. Rodmilla's Revenge
18. Our Cousin Cinderella
19. Love Among the Ruins
20. The Missing Gown
21. Go to da Vinci...
22. Just Breathe...
23. The Slipper
24. The Baroness Solves Her Problem
25. The Reluctant Bride
26. The Property of Le Pieu
27. My Match in Every Way
28. The Prince's Wife
29. Happily Ever After
30. End Titles (Put Your Arms Around Me)

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Ever After 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I teach 8th ngrade French, so Ever After, shown in French with English subtitles, is a perfect choice for my students. It's set in 16th century France with some beautiful chateaux in evidence. Not only do the girls love it, but the boys can identify with the prince, with Leonardo DaVinci and with the strong character of Danielle. I, too, have no problem showing this film to 13 and 14 year olds. There is maybe one scene that is at all iffy (with M. LePieu), but it comes and goes quickly and it shows the strength and independence of the heroine. This movie is at the top of my list for adolescents as well as adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie many times. I have it in the DVD player in my sewing room and play it a lot. The music is nice, the story gives a little twist now and then to the old favorite. Any age would love this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
im a guy actually and i loved this movie lol no im not gay i know its cinderella but the fact is drew barrymore is great in her acting and shes beautiful i found her amazing in her role.
rscTN More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!
TheBebzMaster More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie so many times and never get tired of it.  Best movie next to The Princess Bride
waterroses More than 1 year ago
LOVE LOVE LOVE !!!! THIS MOVIE
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so good, I look at it every night. The telling of it is so wonderful that it makes me want to believe that dreams can come true. The whole cast was excellent. The lead actresses are to me living legends. I'm sure that Ms. Huston's late father, John Huston would be very proud of her. For Ms. Barrymore, her greatgrand father and uncles would be just as proud. Like I have said before the whole cast was great. When it first came out on video, I purchased 2 copies, just in case one got borrowed or destroyed some kind of way. I have just completed a order for the DVD and another VHS for my granddaughter. YES !!!! I love the movie.
librachic More than 1 year ago
Ever After is a truly beautiful and finally triumphant love story,Full of adventure,romance and wit.It is set in 16 century France and the story revolves around Danielle who after her father passed away when she was eight,was treated like a servant by her evil and scheming stepmother.She also has two step sisters,one's in league with the stepmother to get the prince but the other helps Danielle as much as she can.Despite all this this,Danielle still manages to work miracles to everyone around her even the crown prince of France,Eventually he falls for her....But complications arise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
made me cry like a school girl. see it and it will make u cry no matter who u r. love ya america.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so important to show girls that the handsome prince is not the answer to all happiness. Drew portrays a 21st century Cinderella even though the story is set in a mid evil time - smart, strong, and very capable - and she is still a girl, looking for love. She would have been ''successful'' even without marrying the prince. The piece de resistance is the Leonardo DeVinci charactor - introducing him to young girls is the perfect next step for further exposure to art, science and history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this one last night. What a romantic, sweet movie! It does a good job of imagining the ''real'' story behind the Cinderella fairy tale. Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott have great chemistry. Since myths, legends and fairy tales have some grain of truth, perhaps, in a time long forgotten, there was a prince or nobleman who fell in love with a commoner. One can always hope!
EKG More than 1 year ago
I watch this movie probably 4 times a year, i love it that much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is so cute. I believe it is a movie you'll love and watch over and over again. It shows dreams really can come true and that love doesn't have a status.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This title is one that I didn't really care for, but the movie was awesome! NEVER judge a movie by it's title!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever After is better than other movies. Drew Barrymore is the best actress ever. She is a real Cinderella. I saw Ever After almost 20 times and I will see it again. Yesterday I saw Ever After three times and I want to see it again. See this movie I know that you will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie made me so happy, it was a time honored tale with a twist. Young girls should watch this movie especially! This movie has something for everyone, whether it be sword fights, or the romance between Dougray Scott anbd Drew Barrymore! I think that Dougray was perfect for the role, as well as Drew! I hope that more flims come out like this, violence,profanity and sex are not the only ways to have a great movie! Although Dougray's crouth are was a tempting to stare at! Get the soundtrack, it rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Drew Barrymore is definitely not your typical Cinderella with the blonde hair, blue eyes and sweet demeanor. The Disney classic is a great fairy tale, but I would always get upset at Cinderella's meekness. Danielle is certainly nothing like her, I'm happy to say! This movie had such incredibly funny moments. Leonardo Da Vinci displays an unexpected comic genius. The scene where the prince and Danielle encounter the gypsy is just classic. It's a fairy tale for grown-ups!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this movie,I had watch this movie with my daughters, so many times that I don't see why and at the same time, we don't live this kind of romance on this days. Love it, is so interesting, cause you learn from it how to be a better person........
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when it first came out on vhs. It was amazing. I bought last week and have wacthed like 10 times already. My friend comes over and watches with me. It's so much fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Drew Barrymore has always been my favorite actress, because of this fact; I love every movie she is in no matter how stupid or well done it is. This movie is one of the well-done ones I would say. The casting to me could not be more perfect for the parts they played. Angelica Huston was the perfect example of the evil stepmother. Just her look alone to me was perfect. Danielle and Henry (Barrymore and Scott) worked so well together. In some movies they cast people well for the parts but as a whole they cannot interact well. My favorite part in the whole movie had to be the kiss!! It was so cute the way Danielle looked at Henry right before they kissed. If I were able to pick the best onscreen kiss it would definitely be them! Overall it was the perfect Cinderella love story. I laughed I cried and anyone who loves sappy love movies, this one is for you! =P