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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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Lilli Hoffman
Frances Cuka ...
Konrad (as Christopher Bauer)
John Edward Allen ...
Miroslav Táborský ...
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Father Gilbert
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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 <>

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The fairytale is over.


Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Snow White  »

Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)


ITL 59,918,000 (Italy) (9 May 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


The tree Lilli picks the apple from near her mother's grave is in fact an oak tree. See more »


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Lars: He would not fight for their cause.
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Lars: Crusaders for the Church. Men of God.
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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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