The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor.

Director:

Andy Tennant

Writers:

Susannah Grant (screenplay), Andy Tennant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Danielle
Anjelica Huston ... Rodmilla
Dougray Scott ... Prince Henry
Patrick Godfrey ... Leonardo
Megan Dodds ... Marguerite
Melanie Lynskey ... Jacqueline
Timothy West ... King Francis
Judy Parfitt ... Queen Marie
Jeroen Krabbé ... Auguste
Lee Ingleby ... Gustave
Kate Lansbury ... Paulette
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Louise
Walter Sparrow ... Maurice
Jeanne Moreau ... Grande Dame
Anna Maguire ... Young Danielle
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Storyline

Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor. In flashback, the story then focuses on eight-year-old Danielle, daughter of a wealthy widower, a 16th-century landowner. After returning to France with his new wife Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) and her two daughters, he dies of a heart attack. Ten years later, Danielle (Drew Barrymore) is now treated as a servant by the trio. Fortunately, she has an encounter with Prince Henry (Dougray Scott), who is fleeing an arranged marriage. Later, when Danielle poses as a Lady, the Prince takes an interest in her. Inventor-artist Leonardo Da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey), accepting the French court's patronage, offers advice to Prince Henry on matters of the heart.

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Taglines:

Desire. Defy. Escape.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for momentary strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and Thomas More's book "Utopia" was first published in 1516, Drew Barrymore's character is given the book as a present when she is a child and she meets the character of Leonardo 10 years later. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Leonardo da Vinci: You cannot leave everything to fate, boy. She's got a lot to do. Sometimes you must give her a hand.
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Alternate Versions

While the theatrical version was rated PG-13, the VHS version was edited to remove three swear words in order to be suitable for a PG rating. The DVD and Blu-ray versions are uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Cinderella (1950) (2015) See more »

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Veni Creator Spiritus
Composed by Simon Park
Courtesy of De Wolfe Limited
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intellectually compelling
15 May 2004 | by NinsenSee all my reviews

If you're looking for a good movie with class, politics and vengeance, this is the piece to see. Danielle (Drew Barrymore) is a French commonor who's a victim of circumstance because she's a "slave" for her step-mother and step-sisters. I really liked how the prince of France gets intrigued by her upfront personality as she "tells it how it is." It's a good inspiration to those who don't fit in because it encourages them to take stands toward change. It wasn't a fairy tale that I'd get bored of (though a lot of friends did). It clearly portrayed the lifestyle of 17th century France which creates a compelling comparison from the 1600s to modern day life. I'd strongly recommend it to those who aren't into those hollywood romances and dramas. I rate this film *****.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinderella See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,526,904, 2 August 1998

Gross USA:

$65,705,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,005,666
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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