Ever After

Ever After

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Director: Andy Tennant

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

     
 

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Andy Tennant directs Ever After, a period romance that reimagines the Cinderella legend with several fresh twists. 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"See more details below

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Andy Tennant directs Ever After, a period romance that reimagines the Cinderella legend with several fresh twists. 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.

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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:
01/04/2011
UPC:
0024543703693
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
2,170

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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

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