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

The setting for the royal castle was actually in "The Château de Hautefort", which was also used for the film, Eye of the Devil (1966) See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when the camera pans away from the carriage and castle, cars can be seen parked in the town to the right. See more »

Quotes

Danielle: He is heading towards my house.
Gustav: Then I suggest you run.
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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

References The Lion in Winter (1968) See more »

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Canarios
Composed by Robert Foster
Courtesy of KPM Music Ltd.
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Really enjoyed this -even 20 years later!
14 June 2019 | by lisefriisSee all my reviews

Well-written, well-acted. Beautiful location/ scenery. Musical score is outstanding - perfect period/era fit & exquisite performances. A worthwhile and entertaining movie. Drew B, Angelica H. and cast including some soon-to-be-famous colleagues never seem trite or campy, but very authentic. Comic moments & surprising twists on the traditional Cinderella story make this a gem.


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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