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Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

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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Claudia Hoffman
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Frederick Hoffman
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Will
Taryn Davis ...
Little Lilli
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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
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Gustav (as Miroslav Taborsky)
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Scar
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Father Gilbert
Dale Wyatt ...
Maidservant Ilsa
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Storyline

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.

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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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$26,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

The snake that frightens Lilli in the forest is a Boa Constrictor, not native to Europe. See more »

Quotes

Lilli: Trying to be funny?
Will: I was just wondering what it would take to make a princess smile.
[he touches her face and she moves away]
Lilli: I'm not a princess.
Will: What are you then?
Lilli: I'm the daughter of Friedrich Hoffman.
Will: Ah, so you're nothing more than a name.
Lilli: What right do you have to say that? You know nothing about me.
Will: I know enough of your kind.
Lilli: How could you know anything about anyone, you live like an animal; you hide out like a criminal.
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References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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Cum Doctorum
Performed by Karen Hart
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A fun and gripping tale of terror without all the gore
24 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We stumbled on this movie by chance and have now seen it at least three times. This is a must see, and see again, and again, and again... From the opening scene, the movie pulls you in and keeps you hooked until the end. This is definitely not a movie for kids. All the basic elements of the classic "Snow White" tale are in place, but with a twist that sets them slightly within the realm of possibility. There are no cute bearded dwarfs here, and it's just not as simple as an evil witch versus an innocent girl. Sigourney Weaver as Claudia Hoffman is entirely too scary for words, while Monica Keena as Lili is a sweet but strong Snow White. Gil Bellows is highly satisfying as Will, an intense forest rogue with more to him than meets the eye. A very satisfying movie all around.


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