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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 step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling.

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Tommy O'Haver

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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 (72) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA | Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ella está encantada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,169,030, 11 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,918,387

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,388,767
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening shot took about 6-7 months to create, it mixed live action and models. See more »

Goofs

Ella's enchantment fails on at least two occasions: when Prince Charmont says "Allow me" and she continues to refuse his help, and when Slannen says "Forget it" and she continues to discuss his legal aspirations. The earlier "bite me" scene established that Ella's enchantment takes colloquial "commands" literally, thus she should have allowed Char to help her, and literally forgotten about Slannen's peeves. See more »

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[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

Featured in Ella Enchanted: A Red Carpet Premiere Special (2004) 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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Enchanting and sweet
22 October 2004 | by SajeevaSSee all my reviews

This movie was gifted with a spell of fairy tale which was likable. From the beginning Ella Enchanted was good – and all thanks to the beautiful Anne Hathaway who seemingly sparkled. Great work of escapism, such that though it's stupidity can be considered, it is shadowed by its modernism and it's attempt to drive the audience into attention by it's sarcastic humor present at certain desirable instances. Anne Hathaway stole the show – there seemed to possess an invisible halo on her making her the most preferable Ella. However I did ruminate over the fact that is that all Anne Hathaway can play- this character had almost cloning gestures as her character of Mia in The Princess Diaires – so is that how much her talent can expand? Well as for the other cast member - There was a casting perfection as taking into consideration Cary Elwes, Minnie Driver and Vivica Fox, all were matched perfectly to their designated roles. In conclusion I would not suggest this movie to grown ups- as they would certainly NOT enjoy this step out of reality – however this would be a great movie for kids and may be pre teenagers and if you are an Anne Hathaway fan like me – well than don't miss this.


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