American businessman Jack Woods rents a cottage on the enchanted Emerald Isle which is occupied by a family of leprechauns. Leprechaun Seamus Muldoon's son and son's friends crash the ... See full summary »
Dame Diana Rigg (TV's "The Avengers"), Billy Barty ("Willow") and Sarah Patterson ("The Company of Wolves") as Snow White star in this feature-length, live-action, musical version of the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins.
A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only ... See full summary »
Born from a drop of blood in a flutter of apple blossoms, and framed in ebony, a young girl named Snow White becomes the blessing of a loving peasant couple, John and Josephine. But with her birth comes a curse and the end of her mother's life. Left alone with an infant daughter, John braves a brutal winter in search of food for his starving angel. Salvation comes unexpectedly when the father's tears melt the frozen tomb of a bewitched creature, the Green-Eyed One. In thanks, the insinuating beast grants John three wishes: nourishment for Snow White, a kingdom in which to raise his family and a queen by his side. But John's cause for celebration is short-lived. For the Green-Eyed One has devious plans for the well-being of his own family. Owing his loathsome spellcasting daughter, Elspeth, a long-awaited wish, he encourages her desires for appointment to the throne. A kingdom to rule is hers for the waiting, the new King John is hers for the belittling and a luscious little ... Written by
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The prince-turned-bear plot is actually taken from "Snow-White and Rose-Red", another German fairy tale also collected by the Brothers Grimm. See more »
Monday's child is fair of face.
Tuesday's child is full of grace.
Wednesday's child is full of woe.
I MOST CERTAINLY AM NOT!
Thursday's child has far to go.
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A letdown considering the source and the talent - pretty Grimm.
Hallmark Entertainment's seemingly remorseless quest to film every fairy
tale ever made meant that they'd eventually get to the Grimm brothers' tale
of Snow White and the seven dwarves - except that as told by adapters
Caroline Thompson and Julie Hickson only six of them are dwarves, as part of
their development of the classic tale. Unfortunately, you know what they say
about the road to hell and good intentions.
"Snow White" also works in a few elements of "The Snow Queen" - the shards
of Queen Elspeth's mirror flying into people's eyes and causing them to not
see her evil for what it is - but also adds some interesting twists to the
yarn; her psychosis is for once given some basis (the Queen's insecurity
over the hideousness that is her true self is the ultimate cause for her
going over the edge when her mirror informs that it is her stepdaughter, not
she herself, who is the fairest of them all), and the septet - the days of
the week in... um... corporeal form - are also a bit more defined than the
norm. Lovely British Columbia scenery and a fine score by Michael Convertino
also help; the problem with "Snow White" is, however, Snow White
Other characters here get fleshed out, but Snow White remains a bit too
passive for comfort - it's less the fault of Kristin Kreuk's performance
than the basic script and character, but there's only so much you can do
with a symbol instead of a person. Miranda Richardson has much more scope as
the wicked stepmother, and is clearly enjoying herself (although you do
wonder why nobody notices the woman is obviously a few sandwiches short of a
picnic), but a few less wisecracks would have helped - "It looks like I
finally left you breathless!" she cackles post-poisoned apple
A lot more wonder would also have helped; "Snow White" is sadly short of
magic, and doesn't really take as much advantage of its story as it could
(except for the sadly truncated attack of the garden gnomes... not as daft
as it sounds, trust me). This is particularly sad considering Caroline
Thompson did such a good job on "Black Beauty" and as the scripter of "The
Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Edward Scissorhands." It is, however,
always good to watch Vincent Schiavelli and Michael J. Anderson (the dwarf
from "Twin Peaks") - but fairytale completists, Richardson fans and guys in
love with the brunette from "Smallville" will get more from this ultimately
dull tale than I did.
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