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Cinderella (2015)

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When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

Chris Weitz (screenplay by), Charles Perrault (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Stepmother
Lily James ... Cinderella
Richard Madden ... Prince
Helena Bonham Carter ... Fairy Godmother
Nonso Anozie ... Captain
Stellan Skarsgård ... Grand Duke
Sophie McShera ... Drisella
Holliday Grainger ... Anastasia
Derek Jacobi ... King
Ben Chaplin ... Ella's Father
Hayley Atwell ... Ella's Mother
Rob Brydon ... Master Phineus
Jana Pérez ... Princess Chelina of Zaragosa (as Jana Perez)
Alex Macqueen ... Royal Crier
Tom Edden ... Lizard Footman
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Storyline

A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella's life. Ella becomes one with her pure heart when she meets the Prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes, and a little help from her fairy godmother, of course.

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Midnight is just the beginning.


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To prepare for his role as Prince Kit, Richard Madden had to have his hair chemically straightened and wear extensions since his hair was relatively short before production. See more »

Goofs

When the lizard becomes a coachman he has a forked tongue, but while waiting for Ella (who's fleeing at midnight) he catches a fly with a long pointed tongue. See more »

Quotes

Cinderella: So, you're the prince.
Prince Charming: Well, not "the prince", exactly. There are plenty of princes in the world. I'm only *a* prince.
Cinderella: But your name's not really Kit.
Prince Charming: Oh, certainly it is, and my father still calls me that, when he's especially un-peeved at me.
Cinderella: But you're no apprentice.
Prince Charming: I am. An apprentice monarch. Still learning my trade.
Cinderella: Oh, gosh!
Prince Charming: Look, please forgive me. I thought you might treat me differently if you knew. I mistook you for a good, honest country girl, and now I see you didn't want to overawe a ...
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Crazy Credits

After the Fairy Godmother sings "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song)" in the last part of the end credits, she asks "Oh, where did everybody go?" right before the closing Disney logo appears. See more »

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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Mary Poppins Returns (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Lavender's Blue
Traditional
Sung by Hayley Atwell (uncredited), Eloise Webb (uncredited), and later by Lily James (uncredited)
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Has the original version of the fairy tale gone out of style?
15 March 2017 | by filipemanuelnetoSee all my reviews

This movie has been very poorly understood by the public. Unlike previous films, which seek to rewrite traditional fairy tales or watch them from new perspectives ("Maleficent", "Ever After", or even the animations "Brave" or "Tangled"), this film is the live-action version of the fairy tale in its more traditional version. Therefore, we know the whole story and very little has been changed or added. Any problem? Not for me. I usually like original versions more than any contemporary re-interpretations, but it seems that fairy tales have gone out of style.

One of the criticisms I saw was the Cinderella's passive attitude: the girl was educated under values of kindness and generosity (something our current society no longer knows) and isn't willing to abdicate these principles in adversity. Maybe she think that would betray her mother's memory. For our society, which treats the dead as unknown and the living even worse, such submission and servitude is unacceptable! The oppressed must revolt! Cinderella shouldn't serve the tea, she should take that teapot and stick it in her stepmother's throat! Or should she kick her feet and whine, saying "I don't do it, I'm sick of it"? If you are reading this and you're also think that Cinderella should revolt, then you're one more who has totally forgotten what a fairy tale is. A fairy tale is not about reality or what we do. It's about moral values and what we should do. And the moral teaching conveyed by this tale is that biblical passage "turn the other cheek", that you must have heard in Sunday School if you have frequented it. Cinderella's tale is entirely about this! She had the courage to silently endure her suffering and to forgive those who hurt her and, in the end, her reward was to fall in love with a prince and change her life. Her stepmother's punishment didn't delay: she ended up punished, but not by the person she most offended. Moral of the story: love your enemy and forgive, you will have the reward, sooner or later.

Well, the movie is great and is absolutely true to the original fairy tale, including with regard to costumes and sets, which are beautiful. Unfortunately, CGI is too obvious. I would have preferred realistic sets in proper locations rather than the green screen, which should be used with more caution. I have seen some criticism about the large neckline of Cinderella's dress but, in the historical period in which the tale was set (19th century), the ball dress were usually very low-cut. But don't complain! We see women with even fewer clothes on our streets today and we find it natural! Lily James and Cate Blanchett are the main actresses of the film and it is their work (as stepmother and stepdaughter) that supports the whole plot. Blanchett, unsurprisingly, shone with her usual charm, and the veiled but venomous malice she had bestowed on her character. James is an actress I didn't know but I liked to see, having done her work quite well. It's a young actress, surely this movie isn't going to be the movie of her life, but she left a promise of talent that may come to blossom. Helena Bonham Carter and Stellan Skarsgård also enter the film in supporting roles that their talent makes it seem easy.

This movie will easily please all those who want to watch a movie with the original Cinderella story. It's absolutely the same as the book our grandparents used to delight our childhoods. However, if you've gotten tired of it and prefer a modern version of the story this movie is not for you.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,877,361, 15 March 2015

Gross USA:

$201,151,353

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$542,351,353
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Sound Mix:

Datasat (uncredited)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1 (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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