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Snow White: A Tale of Terror -- If you thought Snow White was only a fairy tale, you're about to discover the truth, but lock up your children first. The real tale of Snow White, starring Sigourney Waver and Sam Neill, is a tale of relentless terror and unimaginable horror. When young Lillian's mother dies during childbirth, the father soon re-marries the well-intentioned Lady Claudia.
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Writers (WGA):
Thomas E. Szollosi (screenplay) and
Deborah Serra (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 August 1997 (USA) See more »
The fairytale is over.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sigourney Weaver ... Claudia Hoffman

Sam Neill ... Frederick Hoffman

Gil Bellows ... Will
Taryn Davis ... Little Lilli

Brian Glover ... Lars

David Conrad ... Peter Gutenberg

Monica Keena ... Lilli Hoffman

Anthony Brophy ... Rolf
Frances Cuka ... Nannau

Chris Bauer ... Konrad (as Christopher Bauer)
John Edward Allen ... Bart
Miroslav Táborský ... Gustav (as Miroslav Taborsky)

Andrew Tiernan ... Scar
Bryan Pringle ... Father Gilbert
Dale Wyatt ... Maidservant Ilsa
Joanna Roth ... Lilliana
Karen Hart ... Lady Hoffman (singing voice)
Rozmberska Kapela ... Band

Directed by
Michael Cohn 
Writing credits
Thomas E. Szollosi (screenplay) (as Tom Szollosi) and
Deborah Serra (screenplay)

Jacob Grimm (story) &
Wilhelm Grimm (story)

Produced by
Robert W. Cort .... executive producer
Tom Engelman .... producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Scott Kroopf .... executive producer
Tim Van Rellim .... co-producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
Mike Southon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ian Crafford 
Casting by
Linda Lowy 
Simone Reynolds 
Production Design by
Gemma Jackson 
Art Direction by
Peter Russell 
Set Decoration by
Peter Walpole 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... key makeup artist
Francesca Crowder .... hair stylist: Ms. Weaver
Linda DeVetta .... makeup artist: Ms. Weaver (as Linda Devetta)
Nick Dudman .... prosthetic makeup effects designer: Pigs Might Fly
Sarah Love .... assistant hair stylist
Sue Love .... key hair stylist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Trefor Proud .... assistant makeup artist
Michelle Taylor .... makeup effects artist
Eva Vytlelová .... hair stylist: second unit (as Eva Vyplelova)
Eva Vytlelová .... makeup artist: second unit (as Eva Vyplelova)
Darren Robinson .... prosthetics trainee (uncredited)
Bobo Sobotka .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ira Halberstadt .... executive in charge of production
Ian Hickinbotham .... production supervisor
Petr Moravec .... production supervisor: Czech Republic
Karel Pavlovsky .... unit manager: opening sequence
Vladimir Seiml .... unit manager
Graham Stumpf .... post-production supervisor
Ivan Vakarac .... unit manager: second unit
Michelle Wright .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Bonvillain .... second unit director
Jerry Daly .... second assistant director
Eva Kadankova .... first assistant director: second unit (as Eva Kadankovja)
Nicole Kytyrova .... second assistant director: second unit
Terry Madden .... first assistant director
Lucie Minariková .... second second assistant director (as Lucie Minarikova)
Jirí Ostry .... first assistant director: opening sequence (as Jiri Ostry)
Art Department
Adam Brockbank .... storyboard artist
David Bubb .... construction coordinator
George Dean .... painter
Jiri Dusek .... greensman
Josef Feinermann .... assistant art director (as Joseph Feinermann)
Ellen Freund .... stand-by props
Pavel Hemmy .... lead man
Vladimir Jezek .... set dresser
Stuart Kearns .... art director: second unit
Otakar Kolar .... stand-by carpenter
Stefan Mily .... set dresser
Adam O'Neill .... assistant art director
Petr Richter .... stand-by props
Mel Sansom .... stand-by rigger
Steve Sansom .... safety rigger
Miloslav Vajs .... stand-by painter
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
Jiri Zucek .... property master
Wil Rees .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nancy Barker .... assistant sound editor
Tony Bell .... boom operator
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Rich Green .... foley artist (as Richard Green)
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark 'Frito' Long .... sound recordist
Patrick O'Sullivan .... sound editor
Jeffrey Perkins .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising adr editor
Michele Sharp .... supervising dialogue editor
Stan Siegel .... sound editor
David Spence .... sound editor
Kevin Wahrman .... assistant sound editor
Scott Weber .... foley mixer
Ken Weston .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects supervisor
Gary Cohen .... special effects technician
Chris Corbould .... special effects floor supervisor: second unit
Dave Knowles .... special effects technician (as David Knowles)
Tony Phelan .... special effects technician (as Anthony Phelan)
Alan Poole .... special effects technician
David H. Watkins .... special effects floor supervisor
Zuzana Milfort .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Nick Smith .... special effects (uncredited)
Cliff Wallace .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Scott Beverly .... effects engineer: Fantasy II Film Effects
Josh Bleckner .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Betzy Bromberg .... optical supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Steve Cohen .... grip: Fantasy II Film Effects
Daniel Deschamps .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
David Emerson .... optical lineup: Fantasy II Film Effects (as Dave Emerson)
Jon Farhat .... visual effects consultant
Ernest D. Farino .... visual effects supervisor: Prague, Fantasy II Film Effects (as Ernest Farino)
Don Fergus .... camera operator: Fantasy II Film Effects
David Fogg .... effects photography: Fantasy II Film Effects
Matt Haslam .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Leslie Huntley .... visual effects producer: Fantasy II Film Effects
Mike Kaschalk .... digital artist: Fantasy II Film Effects
Roberta Kirkpatrick .... digital artist: Fantasy II Film Effects
Malina Koani .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Bret Mixon .... roto supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Tim Molinder .... digital supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Sarah Pasanen .... optical lineup: Fantasy II Film Effects
Beverly Pinnas .... visual effects editor
Nellie B. Rodriguez .... roto artist: Fantasy II Film Effects (as Nellie Rodriguez)
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects creative director: The Computer Film Company
Robert Stadd .... visual effects consultant
David Tucker .... camera operator: Fantasy II Film Effects
Gene Warren Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Christopher Warren .... effects photography: Fantasy II Film Effects
Byron Werner .... roto artist: Fantasy II Film Effects (as Bryon Werner)
Janet Yale .... visual effects creative producer: The Computer Film Company
Travis Baumann .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Paul Jennings .... stunt performer
Greg Powell .... stunt coordinator
Leo Stransky .... stunt performer
Pavel Vokoun .... stunt performer (as Pavel Voukon)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Arnautov .... gaffer
Klemens Becker .... steadicam operator
Jan Boruvka .... best boy electric
Micky Brown .... gaffer
Jindrich Cipera .... focus puller: opening sequence
Bill Coe .... camera operator: "b" camera (as William Coe)
Pavel Dostal .... dolly grip: opening sequence
Ivo Gresak .... best boy
Martin Grosup .... director of photography: second unit
Ladislav Hruby .... clapper loader: second unit
Milan Jirsa .... gaffer: opening sequence
Nikos Kalimerakis .... electrician
Nikos Kalimerakis .... generator operator
Paddy Kiely .... second assistant camera
Jaroslav Kunasek .... grip: second unit
Viktor Lonek .... video operator (as Victor Lonek)
Clive Mackey .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Antonin Marik .... focus puller: second unit
Steve Mcleod .... best boy electric (as Stephen McLeod)
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Sascha Mieke .... focus puller: steadicam
Mark Moriarty .... first assistant camera
Zdenek Mrkvicka .... clapper loader: opening sequence
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Ervin Sanders .... camera operator: opening sequence
Jiri Sarboch .... gaffer: second unit
Jamie Sewell .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Malcolm Sheehan .... key grip
Jaroslav Sinkule .... dolly grip: second unit
Arthur Wooster .... director of photography: opening sequence
Tim Wooster .... camera operator: opening sequence
Casting Department
John Brace .... casting associate
Jiri Konicek .... crowd casting
Danielle Roffe .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zuzana Bursíková .... wardrobe: opening sequence (as Zuzana Bursikova)
Georgina Gunner .... costume assistant: Ms. Weaver
Charles Knode .... costume designer: Ms. Weaver
Melissa Layton .... wardrobe mistress (as Melisa Layton)
Stewart Meachem .... assistant costume designer
Katerina Mirová .... wardrobe: second unit (as Katerina Mirova)
Vera Mirová .... wardrobe supervisor (as Vera Mirova)
Mike Skorepa .... wardrobe assistant (as Michael Skorepa)
Stana Slosserova .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Laura Lee Bong .... apprentice editor (as Laura Bong)
Heather Born .... location editor
Terry Claborn .... color timer
Alyson Evans .... post-production coordinator
Lorisa D. Francis .... post-production coordinator
Lee Grubin .... additional editor
Victoria Jones .... location assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Carrie Shepard .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... music engineer
Tim Boyle .... music mixer
Tudor Choir .... choir
Doug Fullington .... choir director: The Tudor Choir
Damon Intrabartolo .... orchestrator
Rozmberska Kapela .... recorded band
Brian Kirk .... assistant music editor
John Ottman .... orchestrator
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Sharon Smith .... music editor (as Sharon Heather Smith)
Dawn Soler .... executive in charge of music: Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Bruce Donnelly .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Filip Klepl .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Ota Bares .... animal handler
Michal Berka .... assistant: Mr. Moravec
Sarka Cimbalova .... production coordinator: Czech Republic
Davia Clayton .... assistant coordinator: Los Angeles
Ken Cosci .... assistant: Mr. Kroopf
Jana De'Ath .... production secretary
Tim De'ath .... supervising chef: Hollywood Catering (as Tim De'Ath)
Roger Farr .... animal coordinator
Marion Gray .... contact: London
Allison Halderman .... assistant: Mr. Field
Jim Jolliffe .... production runner
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Eddee Kolos .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Jiri Krejcir .... location manager
Alex Matcham .... production controller
Paula McBreen .... assistant: Mr. Van Rellim
Geralyn Miller .... accountant (as Geralyn McGah-Miller)
Monica Mullens .... assistant: Mr. Kroopf
Bobina Novotna .... accountant
Martina Palková .... script supervisor: opening sequence (as Martina Palkova)
Antonin Prazsky .... assistant location manager
Mirka Reznickova .... production runner
Laurel Robinson .... assistant: Mr. Halberstadt
Scott Rogers .... assistant: Mr. Engelman
Lorin Ruttenberg .... assistant: Mr. Engelman
Lucie Ryan .... production secretary
Lori H. Schwartz .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Ali Shyngle .... post-production accountant
Eliska Sirová .... script supervisor: second unit (as Eliska Sirova)
Robin Skinner .... floor runner
Natasha Wellesley .... supervising production coordinator
Judith Windsor .... dialogue coach
Arthur Wooster .... director: opening sequence
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Snow White" - USA (short title)
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Rated R for some horror violence and a scene of sexuality
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The role of Lilli Hoffman (Snow White) was originally written with Alicia Silverstone in mind.See more »
Continuity: When Lilly encounters the outcast there is a speck of dirt on her face, it then disappears then reappears several times.See more »
[Will is having a nightmare]
Lars:He dreams of fire. They tied him to a stake, then burned his family while he watched. And then they placed a red-hot cross of iron across his face, because he would not repent.
Lilli:What was his crime?
Lars:He would not fight for their cause.
Lilli:Who were they?
Lars:Crusaders for the Church. Men of God.
Lars:My face, it frightens you?
Lars:Scares me, too.
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Lullay, LullaySee more »


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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Flawed, but still excellent, 25 July 2004
Author: acesis04 from Wisconsin

When I picked this up, I wasn't sure I wanted to see it. I thought it looked kind of interesting, and I guess for five bucks in Wal-Mart, why not? I tend to like bad B movies, so what's the harm?

And despite my initial misgivings, I thought it was excellent.

The story wavered from the Grimm's version, but that's part of what makes it original. The portrayal of the era wasn't perfect, but then that didn't hurt the story much either. I thought the acting was done pretty well, especially Sigourney Weaver. She worked well with a character that was pretty weirdly written. I loved her as the old woman in the forest and in the final scene. Very eerie. Very cool.

The scenes with Lilliana and the dwarfs were a bit choppy in parts--first Will threatened her, then he saved her, then he yelled at her, then...yadda yadda yadda--but Monica Keena played the sheltered damsel well and Gil Bellows was good at the whole "tortured but sincere" act. I was definitely left imagining what the screenwriters should have put in the holes, but all in all I thought that storyline was sweet.

Definitely not a movie for children, but then the title and rating suggest so. Again, some of the story needed to be filled out and explained more, but in total, I loved it. Creepy and cool and fun.

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