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Ella Enchanted (2004)

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Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new stepfamily in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling.

Director:

Tommy O'Haver

Writers:

Laurie Craig (screenplay), Karen McCullah (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Hathaway ... Ella
Hugh Dancy ... Char
Cary Elwes ... Edgar
Aidan McArdle ... Slannen (as Aidan Mcardle)
Joanna Lumley ... Dame Olga
Lucy Punch ... Hattie
Jennifer Higham ... Olive
Minnie Driver ... Mandy
Eric Idle ... Narrator
Steve Coogan ... Heston (voice)
Jimi Mistry ... Benny
Vivica A. Fox ... Lucinda
Parminder Nagra ... Areida
Jim Carter ... Nish
Patrick Bergin ... Sir Peter
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Storyline

Based on Gail Carson Levine's award winning novel, this is the story of Ella, a young woman who was given a "gift" of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda. She must obey anything anyone tells her to do. When her mother passes away, she is cared for by her thoughtless and greedy father who remarries a loathsome woman with two treacherous daughters. This modern-day, fantasy Cinderella story features fairies, ogres and elves...as well as a hero in the guise of Prince Charmont, whom Ella falls in love with. Unlike Cinderella though, she must depend on herself and her intelligence to get her through her troubles and find Lucinda in order for her "curse" to be broken! Written by M. C. Gomez

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fairy | prince | obedience | curse | racism | See All (77) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After Ella kicks a Red Guard behind her, taking him out, rather swiftly, Ella's stepmother (Joanna Lumley) is appalled by the act. Joanna Lumley also played Purdy in The New Avengers (1976), and was known for her kickboxing fighting style. See more »

Goofs

During Ella's "Somebody to Love" number at the giant wedding, the cut and bloodstain on Char's left shirtsleeve appear and disappear between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Fairy tales tell, as their labels imply / Stories of magic, of creatures that fly / With giants and dragons and ogres and elves / And inanimate objects that speak for themselves / There's romance and danger and plotting of schemes / There's good guys and bad guys and some guys in-between / A fairy tale also reveals some sort of truth / The perils of choices we make in our youth./ But our story today is different in theme./ For our hero had no choice or so it would seem./ It starts ...
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Crazy Credits

The cityscape of the Miramax logo dissolves into the cityscape of the medieval city in the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Date for Mad Mary (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sona Sona
Written by Anand Raj Anand (as Anand Raaj Anand)
Performed by Sonu Nigam, Sudesh Bhonsle (as Sudesh Bhosle), and Jaspinder Narula (as Jaspinder Naruda)
Courtesy of MCS Music America
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Surprisingly cute
14 July 2009 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

It seems that many, many commentators disliked this movie because it wasn't at all like the book. Fair enough, I suppose, but movies seldom are. In any case, I haven't read that book, and was blissfully unaware that this film was supposedly adapted from one. I found it surprisingly cute. Many of the campy things hit the mark, like the "medeival modern" anachronistic setting, reminiscent of The Flintstones cartoon wherein it was filled with modern things constructed from prehistoric materials; and the modern songs transposed to the time setting herein. That last was a bit like Moulin Rouge, which annoyed me at first, but then grew on me. I don't believe that I've seen this Anne Hathaway before, but she is intriguing. Her vivacity and wide smile remind me a bit of Julia Roberts. Can't say that I was much impressed with Hugh Dancy or Aiden McArdle. Minnie Driver was most charming as the incompetent fairy, and Vivica Fox was quite amusing as the lush fairy. It's too bad that Parminder Nagra's part was so small, as she always lights up a screen. And Cary Elwes couldn't hide his amusement with the material as he munched on the scenery. I say check this out, if you aren't going to throw a fit over the book.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,100,000, 11 April 2004

Gross USA:

$22,918,387

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,388,767
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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