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Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

Utopia was written in 1516, and da Vinci died in 1519. How could Danielle have received that book as a child, then met da Vinci as an adult?
Prince Henry exclaims that Danielle is marrying a Belgian. Belgium was established in 1830 as a buffer between France and Germany, to prevent them from going to war so often. Before 1830, the area was a collection of villages that were repeatedly occupied by various European kingdoms. The name Belgium comes from a tribe who lived there during Julius Caesar's conquests of Gaul. He wrote, "Of all Gauls, the Belgians are the bravest." (De Bello Gallico, book I, 1.3).
At the end of the movie, when the camera pans away from the carriage and castle, cars can clearly be seen parked in the town to the right.
Danielle and the Prince play rock, paper, scissors which would be impossible since scissors were only invented roughly 500 years ago.
Henry gives Marguerite chocolate at the tennis game. Solid, edible chocolate pieces have only existed for about 100 years. The Spanish brought cocoa from New Spain, but the French started using it, as a drink with vanilla, in the 1800s.
When Danielle is putting on her dress to rescue Maurice, we see a zipper on the back of her dress.
All the shoes have a left foot and a right foot. That practice was invented by King George IV of England, who ruled from 1820 until 1830, much later than the movie is set.
The ages of King Francis I and Prince Henry and references to Cartier's voyages to America, set the movie in about 1540, when Prince Henry was 21. However, the movie also depicts Leonardo da Vinci coming to France at the invitation of King Francis. Da Vinci came to France in 1516 and died there in 1519, the same year Prince Henry was born, and 15 years before Cartier first sailed to North America.
While trying on the courtier's dress, Danielle says her stepmother buys presents for her stepsister like she has "money to burn." At the time, currency consisted of precious metals and stones, which would melt, not burn. Paper currency wouldn't appear for hundreds of years.
When Danielle is returning Maurice to his wife, you can see a watch tan line on the arm of a female peasant.
At the gypsy camp Henry tells Danielle that "it is your mouth that has me hypnotized". The term "hypnotized" was not coined until around 1841 by Scottish surgeon James Braid.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Prince Henry comes upon da Vinci's carriage being robbed one of the gypsies yells out "The royal guards!" Prince Henry is then shown looking over his shoulder to see the guards quickly approaching on horses. He rolls his eyes and is heard saying "I can't believe this," but his mouth doesn't move until a moment later.
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Continuity 

Danielle is whipped on her back for her behavior. We see her back a few days later at the ball, with no scars.
During the wedding of Prince Henry to the Princess of Spain, after he decides to let her go she runs off to the short bald guy. In the background, Prince Henry can be seen removing his cape and looking to the side. In the next scene there is a close-up shot of him removing the same cape and smiling before running off.
When Danielle is dressing to save Maurice, she claims that the blue shoes are too big. She wears them to the monastery, and they fit well enough for her to climb trees.
When Rodmilla is talking to Danielle the morning after the ball, in shots from behind her arms are at her sides. From the front, her hands are on her hips.
Near the end of the movie, Henry sits down with Danielle to try on a slipper. When it shows Danielle from the front, her hair is pushed behind on her shoulders. But when it shows her from the side or the back, her hair is separated and pulled forward on each side.
Gustav steals the uniform of a palace guard who is much shorter than him, yet it fits perfectly.
When Rodmilla is talking to Danielle, her hand is on her chin. In the next shot, her hand on Danielle's face. In the next, her hand is back on her own chin.
When Signor da Vinci is preparing to walk on water, his "shoes" are shaped like boats, including a keel. When he falls into the water, the bottoms of his shoes are flat.
When Rodmilla notices the candlesticks are missing from the dinner table, the candles on the plate are very short. In the next shot, they are much longer.
When Marguerite returns the Queen's necklace, Marguerite's hair is VERY wavy in one shot, but has very few waves in the next shot. When they're back at the house, her hair is very wavy again.
The King of France refers to Virginia Garcia's character as Princess Gabriella, In the end titles, she is identified as Princess Gertrude.
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When the gypsies grab Danielle, the gypsy leader and Henry fight. In one shot, the gypsy leader has leaves on his scarf. When we cut back to him, the leaves are gone. Then when we cut back to him a third time, the leaves are back.
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During the tennis match after Henry falls into the crowd, his vest is filled with handkerchiefs from the Courtesans. The position and amounts of these vary in the next few shots.
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During breakfast, the morning Prince Henry steals the horse, Rodmilla is seen cracking the top off a boiled egg, asking why there is no salt at the table. When Danielle arrives with the salt, Rodmilla sprinkles a spoonful over a fully peeled egg in her bowl. In the next scene, she is scooping egg out of the shell of the original egg.
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During the tennis match, Prince Henry's hair is shorter than it was before. In the next scene, and for the rest of the movie, it's back to its original length.
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After Danielle frees herself from Pierre le Pieu, Henry runs towards her. Mud is splattered on his right pant leg, above his boot. When he turns around after Danielle moves to leave, the splatter is gone.
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When Prince Henry goes to "rescue" Danielle a chain from the left side of his gold necklace is missing in one while he stands before her, and back in the next when he kneels.
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When Danielle is climbing down and the gypsies are attacking, the color of the sky changes from light blue (on the ground) to dark blue (in the canopy) to light blue (in the canopy).
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When Prince Henry is chasing after the gypsy that stole the Mona Lisa, the scroll that the gypsy is carrying switches sides between shots.
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When Prince Henry and the gypsy have their sword fight, the gypsy that punches Prince Henry draws his sword. In the next shot (a one-shot of the gypsy) it is still sheathed but in the subsequent two-shot the gypsy's sword is drawn again.
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The angle of the slipper when Leonardo sets it before the prince after Danielle flees.
Danielle's arm when she and Prince Henry are kissing at the ruins.
The prince picks up the same piece of chocolate twice when he is talking to Marguerite.
The leaves as Henry and the bad guy are falling over the cliff after rescuing the painting.
After Henry asks Danielle to marry him, he picks her up and spins her around. Her hair is underneath his arms in one shot, and in the next it is not.
When Danielle is being held by the gypsies, her headpiece is straight in one frame, crooked in the next, and straight again for the rest of the scene.

Factual errors 

When the Prince saves the Mona Lisa, it is rolled up in a tube. The Mona Lisa can't be rolled up; it's painted on wood.
The Mona Lisa is much smaller than the painting in the film.
Several people mention prisoners being sent to the Americas. The French kept prisoners "close at hand" under the eye of the king. Only trusted prisoners were sent to the Americas, to prevent revolts in the American colonies. The English sent many of their prisoners to the Americas.
In the market scene, Marguerite introduces their servants to the prince and he replies that he'd love to meet them. A noblewoman would never think to introduce her servants to a prince and the prince would never refer to them as "ladies," since that term was used only for nobility and not for any group of women, as in modern terminology.
Francis and Marie are seen in a coach leaving the town church. Medieval castles and palaces had their own chapels for the royal family. Francis and Marie would not usually have worshiped in a public church.
Prince Henry of France married Catherine de Medici, a member of the Italian nobility.
King Francis of France built and lived primarily at the Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, not at the Château de Hautefort. According to legend, Da Vinci designed the château's famous double helix spiral staircase, though he died the year construction started. The salamander, the symbol of Francis I, appears throughout the film.
Da Vinci is often called "Signore da Vinci", which is incorrect. In Italian, "signore" is a general term. "Signor" is used with a last name.
Throughout the film, Leonardo da Vinci is referred to as "Signor da Vinci," and "da Vinci." While referring to the artist as "da Vinci" has become acceptable in modern vernacular, the term means "From Vinci," and is not a surname. Da Vinci would not have been used alone to refer to Leonardo during his lifetime; he would have been called simply "Leonardo" or "Leonardo da Vinci."
At the end the Grande Dame refers to her "great-great-grandmother's portrait". Given the approximately 250-year gap between Danielle and the Grande Dame, that comes out to about 62 years between generations. It's barely possible, and highly unlikely, that there would be that few generations between them.
The University of Paris, the first university in France, was fully established by 1200, not the late 1500s.
Henry invites Danielle to the ruins at Amboise but while Leonardo da Vinci was in France King Francis I was living in the Chateau d'Amboise.
When Henry and Danielle are riding the horse - returning from the gypsy camp to the manor house, Danielle is seen riding "astride" (with one leg on each side of the horse). The socially correct manor for Danielle to ride a horse - especially as a "Comtesse" would have had been for Danielle to sit "aside" (with both of her legs off to one side of the horse) in front of Henry. In Europe, cultural norms held that it was unbecoming for a lady to straddle a horse while riding. From the 1300's until the early 20th century women rode "aside".
Leonardo is carrying the Mona Lisa as a rolled-up painting on canvas which is impossible since the portrait was painted on a poplar panel.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Various words, such as "philanthropist" and "management," that did not exist at the time are used. It can be assumed we are hearing a modern English translation of what the characters were actually saying.
People call money "francs." The currency of the era was the livre; the franc was introduced after the French Revolution. However, the livre was called the franc as early as the 14th century.

Revealing mistakes 

On the day that Danielle spends with Henry - at the monastery, and later with the gypsies, she is wearing Marguerite's blue dress. After the gypsies attack, one of gypsies keeps the blue for his wife. Danielle returns to the manor that night without the dress. With so much attention being paid to "missing" items neither the Baroness nor Marguerite notice or comment that the dress is missing.
The King and Queen of France are red heads and speak with English accents. The rest of the cast speaks with vacillating English to American accents.

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