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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

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 (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:

$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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Overcast skies in Ireland were digitized a brilliant blue to create more of a fairytale atmosphere. 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

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

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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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This almost works...
17 April 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

The story of young Ella who was given the gift of obedience is a very frustrating movie, it should be wild and charming and funny and the best thing since sliced bread, or if not sliced bread then The Princess Bride, but some how it doesn't quite work as whole.

The cast is game, the special effects are good and the direction seems to be mostly on target, but somewhere along the way the movie decided to be too hip, too happening, too many things all at once. Its a comedy, fantasy, adventure, musical and a few other things all at the same time. It has timeless humor and humor that is in danger of dating very badly. It feels some times like a TV movie for kids and at other times something that should be on the big screen for everyone. It doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Somehow I think that there were too many people with too many ideas (good ideas) but no one to say too much is a bad thing.

I like this movie a lot, the pieces much more than the whole, but I can't help but wanting to beat up everyone involved in it because this should be so much better.

Six out of ten. Wait for video.


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