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Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror  |  24 August 1997 (USA)
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In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Claudia Hoffman
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Frederick Hoffman
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Will
Taryn Davis ...
Little Lilli
Brian Glover ...
Lars
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Peter Gutenberg
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Lilli Hoffman
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Rolf
Frances Cuka ...
Nannau
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Konrad (as Christopher Bauer)
John Edward Allen ...
Bart
Miroslav Táborský ...
Gustav (as Miroslav Taborsky)
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Scar
Bryan Pringle ...
Father Gilbert
Dale Wyatt ...
Maidservant Ilsa
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Based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother, the film includes the talking mirror, a poisoned apple, and some ruffian gold (not diamond) miners (and they aren't dwarfs or cute). It takes place at the time of the Crusades, and depicts the attitudes of the wealthy and the peasant classes toward one another. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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The fairytale is over.

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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Rated R for some horror violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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24 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Snow White  »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

ITL 59,918,000 (Italy) (9 May 1997)
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Sigourney Weaver stated that one of the reasons she wanted to play the "Evil Queen" role was for never having actually understood why the King would be so "stupid" to marry such a cruel woman, "not just unpleasant" but also a killer, so she wanted to provide a stepmother with the best intentions of being a mother in this film. See more »

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When Lilly encounters the outcast there is a speck of dirt on her face, it then disappears then reappears several times. See more »

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[Lilli is tracing the scars on Will's back. He spins quickly and grabs her wrist]
Will: That's enough!
[she reaches up and touches the scar on his face. They kiss, and Lilli smiles]
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Performed by Karen Hart
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A not-so-snowy and not-so-white version of the classic "unfair"-y tale.
8 October 1998 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

This was a well done performance of the Grimm story, with Sigourney Weaver cast perfectly as the "Evil Witch Queen" character -- she makes the movie. The story flows well and doesn't lose you in faces, places and details. Nor does it ever get cutesy or sweet...there's no Disney-esque here! This *is* what happened to "Snow White" (and, there *was* one dwarf in the seven men she met; so that's O.K.!).


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