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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 (73) »

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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 Enchanted 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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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Tommy O'Haver): Squirrel-on-a-stick vendor. See more »

Goofs

When Char cuts Ella free from the ogre pot, she falls. In the next shot, she's still upright and he grabs her onto his horse. 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

Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Written by Leo Sayer and Vini Poncia (as Vincent Poncia, Jr.)
Performed by Leo Sayer
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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From a non-reader of the book, this is a fun treat
16 April 2004 | by kibler@adelphia.netSee all my reviews

Ella Enchanted (2004) Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Minnie Driver, Vivica A. Fox, Joanna Lumley, Patrick Bergin, Jimi Mistry, Eric Idle, Parminder K. Nagra, D: Tommy O' Haver. Fresh, revisionist twist on the Cinderella fairy tale: a young maiden tries unlocking an obedience curse, which her godmother cast upon her as a baby. This means, she's forced to do anything anyone commands her to do. Delightful fable has all the old-fashioned ingredients from the storybook (evil uncle, wicked stepsisters, etc.), but lively pop-songs, goofy humor, and a nice nod to the Grimm Brothers give it a hip kick, though the fantasy effects look only half-hearted at best. Headed by a wonderful cast, Hathaway is an utter joy. Pleasant family fare will take adults back to their youth and kids will live happily ever after. Based on the Gail Carson Levine book. Running Time: 96 minutes and rated PG for mild violence. ***


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