Ever After: A Cinderella Story

1998

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Critics Consensus

Ever After is a sweet, frothy twist on the ancient fable, led by a solid turn from star Barrymore.

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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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Cast

Drew Barrymore
as Danielle De Barbarac
Dougray Scott
as Prince Henry
Megan Dodds
as Marguerite
Melanie Lynskey
as Jacqueline
Timothy West
as King Francis
Judy Parfitt
as Queen Marie
Lee Ingleby
as Gustave
Kate Lansbury
as Paulette
Jeanne Moreau
as Grande Dame
Anna Maguire
as Young Danielle
Richard O'Brien
as Pierre Le Pieu
Peter Gunn
as Capt. Laurent
Joerg Stadler
as Wilhelm Grimm
Andy Henderson
as Jacob Grimm
Toby Jones
as Royal Page
Virginia García del Pino
as Princess Gertrude
Al Ashton
as Cargomaster
Mark Lewis
as Gypsy Leader
Ricki Cuttell
as Young Gustave
Ricardo Cruz
as Cracked Skull
Elizabeth Earl
as Young Marguerite
Alex Pooley
as Young Jacqueline
Ursula Jones
as Isabella
Amanda Walker
as Old Noblewoman
Rupam Maxwell
as Marquis de Limonges
Tony Doyle
as Driver of Royal Carriage
Marc Christian
as King of Spain
Elvira Stevenson
as Queen of Spain
Erick Awanzino
as Short Bald Man
Susan Field
as Laundry Supervisor
Dominic Rold
as Choirman
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  • May 31, 2011
    Often lacks the plausibility and seriousness that the premise suggests but the chemistry between Barrymore and Scott just shines with an incredibly well written script. Ultimately it wins us over with it's unrelenting charm and wit. Where Disney's version relied on actual magic and animated impossibilities, the magic in this film comes from it's fun, emotion and uplifting qualities. In the end it's a harmless romance that works through n' through despite the fact that many feel it's merely a re-telling. A well made chick-flick.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    I loved this movie when I was younger. It's a great Cinderella story, full of wonder, magic, and romance. The costumes and settings are beautiful. The story is good, and so is the acting. I recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2010
    Ever After is a wonderful classic that includes Drew Barrymore as the smart and free-thinking Danielle and Angelica Huston as her wicked stepmother. She also has two step-sisters, one of whom is really nasty just like her step-mother and the other who is quite kind and who even helps Danielle in certain situations. The fairy tale spun into a more reality based life story was done expertly and contains a few twists that will make you laugh. Dougray Scott plays the dashing love-torn Prince and the character of Leonardo DaVinci is inspiring. He plays the typical knowledgeable old man with a twist of humor.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2010
    "You are the only mother I have ever known. Was there ever a time, even in its smallest measurement, that you loved me at all? - How can anyone love a pebble in their shoe?" Ok. 'Ever After' is a film that I thought I would not be seeing anytime here. On my lifetime that is. But I did. And I actually liked it a bit. Everyone who knows something about good stories in books or cinema, should've heard about Cinderella and her glass shoe. The Disney animation is a classic that will always be remembered but I can't actually recall seeing a film about it with real actors in it. Anyways, I'm not gonna go into the story that much because all of you know how it will all end. The only interesting question here is that how much tears will it jerk out of you? And will the shoe fit? Oh, that one you should know... 'Ever After' has a lot of talent in it. Anjelica Huston and Drew Barrymore, most known of her marriage with the great Tom Green (or was it something else..?), are well known names. I especially enoyed watching Huston work. Perfect in her role as the stepmother. Barrymore is cute as hell in her role and delivers a nice performance as well. What the hell was Leonardo da Vinci doing in the movie and why was he speaking english as if it was his mother tongue? Shouldn't he be in Italy painting The Last Supper or Mona Lisa or inventing stuff? I really don't like it when filmmakers try to combine different persons, actual or fictive, and try to create something nifty. But otherwise, 'Ever After' is a nice movie. Emphasis on the word "nice". The movie will deliver laughter and tears. For me only laughter but I'm sure that those of you who haven't had enough of romance will surely cry their eyes out at the end. Why 3 stars then, you may ask? Here's the reason. Like I said, it was nice and I really liked the King. "Off... With his head..." (The King half asleep)
    Jani H Super Reviewer

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