This movie is based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother. When young Lillian's mother dies during childbirth, her father soon remarries the well-intentioned Lady Claudia. However, Claudia's heart is ruled not by her husband, but by an evil mirror with the power to make Claudia Queen over all living things - until they are dead. A failed attempt to murder young Lillian leaves her wandering lost in a deep dark forest where she comes across seven ruffian gold miners. This movie takes place at the time of the Crusades, and depicts the attitudes of the wealthy and the peasant classes toward each other.Written by
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Lilli's actual medical condition from the poisoned apple is called "locked-in syndrome," in which she is "imprisoned" within her body, remaining aware and awake but cannot communicate verbally or move the body except for the eyes. (Claudia describing the condition: "You can see, and you can hear, but from inside the tomb of your mind. No breath will escape your lips, no tears your eyes. To the world, you are dead... But you, my dear, you will have all eternity to remember.") See more »
When Lilly encounters the outcast there is a speck of dirt on her face, it then disappears then reappears several times. See more »
Trying to be funny?
I was just wondering what it would take to make a princess smile.
[he touches her face and she moves away]
I'm not a princess.
What are you then?
I'm the daughter of Friedrich Hoffman.
Ah, so you're nothing more than a name.
What right do you have to say that? You know nothing about me.
I know enough of your kind.
How could you know anything about anyone, you live like an animal; you hide out like a criminal.
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The Snow White story with an overlay of "The Omen"...unappetizing, to say the least
Sigourney Weaver appears to have a field-day playing the wicked stepmother of a beautiful princess who is aided by her magic mirror in dispensing with the pesky girl. Gothic rendering of the Grimm Brothers' tale of "Snow White" features wolves and dogs with glowing eyes, a fiancé for the fair maiden who is also ensnared in the stepmother's web, also a motley gang of excavators with bad teeth who suddenly find themselves saddled with the young woman (they have an unexpected change of heart towards her--and she to them--which seems to happen off-screen). Prominent among the miscreants is a lightly-bearded hunk with bedroom eyes (sure, why not!) who touches the princess with his sensitive soul and facial scar. Theatrical production debuted on cable-TV in the US; it isn't badly made, but one can see right away this never would have worked in theaters. The continuity is shabby, the cinematography is murky, and young actress Monica Keena is far too modern as Lilly. Weaver gives it a little kick, and her fiery send-off boasts showmanship if not style. *1/2 from ****
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