Synopsis: 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 comes 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.
Director(s): Kenneth Branagh
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 35 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Once upon a time,

there was a girl called Ella.

And she saw the world

not always as it was,

but as perhaps it could be,

with just a little bit of magic.

My darling!

To her mother and father,

she was a princess.

True, she had no title,

nor crown, nor castle,

but she was the ruler

of her own little kingdom,

whose borders were the house

and meadow on the forest's edge

where her people

had lived for generations.

With Mr. Goose

and all their animal family.

Hello, there.

What do you think you're doing?

Let the little ones have their share.

We don't want you getting

an upset stomach.

Gus-Gus, you're a house mouse,

not a garden mouse.

Isn't he, Jacqueline?

And you mustn't eat Mr. Goose's food.

Isn't that right, Mummy?

Do you still believe

that they understand you?

- Don't they, Mother?

- Yes.

I believe that animals listen

and speak to us

if we only have the ear for it.

That's how we learn to look after them.

Who looks after us?

Fairy godmothers, of course.

And do you believe in them?

I believe in everything.

Then I believe in everything, too.

Her father was a merchant

who went abroad

and brought tribute back from

all of Ella's subject lands.


Where are my girls, my beautiful girls?

Where are my darlings?

Ella missed him terribly

when he was away.

But she knew he would always return.

- There she is!

- Papa, welcome home!

How are you?

You've grown!

Haven't you, now?

- There you go, sir.

- What was that?


I found it hanging on a tree.

I think there may be something inside.

It's so pretty.

In French, that is un papillon.

You're standing on my feet!

Shall we?

Look, Mummy! I'm dancing!

Little papillon.

All was just as it should be.

They knew themselves to be the most

happy of families to live as they did

and to love each other so.

When I am king

dilly, dilly

You shall be queen

Lavender's green

dilly, dilly

Lavender's blue

You must love me

dilly, dilly

For I love you

But sorrow can come to any kingdom,

no matter how happy.

And so it came to Ella's home.

I'm so sorry.

Thank you, Doctor.

This must have been

very difficult for you.



Ella, my darling.

I want to tell you a secret.

A great secret that will see you through

all the trials that life can offer.

You must always remember this.

Have courage and be kind.

You have more kindness

in your little finger

than most people possess

in their whole body.

And it has power, more than you know.

- And magic.

- Magic?


Have courage and be kind, my darling.

Will you promise me?

I promise.




I must go very soon, my love.

Please forgive me.

Of course I forgive you.

I love you.

I love you, my darling.

I love you.

Time passed,

and pain turned to memory.

In her heart, Ella stayed the same.

For she remembered

her promise to her mother.

Have courage, and be kind.

Father, however, was much changed.

But he hoped for better times.

"And thence home,

"and my wife and I singing,

to our great content,

"and if ever there were a man

happier in his fortunes,

"I know him not."

Thus ends Mr. Pepys for today.

I do love a happy ending, don't you?

They're quite my favorite sort.

As well they should be.


I have come to the conclusion

that it's time, perhaps,

to begin a new chapter.

Indeed, Father?

You'll recall that some time ago,

in my travels,

I made the acquaintance

of Sir Francis Tremaine.


The Master of the Mercer's Guild,

is he not?


The poor man has died, alas.

His widow,

an honorable woman,

finds herself alone,

though still in the prime of her life.

You're worried about telling me.

But you mustn't be.

Not if it will lead to your happiness.



Do you think

I may be allowed one last chance,

even though I thought

such things were done with for good?

Of course I do, Father.

She'll merely be your stepmother.

And you'll have two lovely sisters

to keep you company.

Have courage, be kind.

Welcome, ladies. Welcome!

She's skinny as a broomstick!

And that stringy hair!

You're very nice.

Welcome. I'm so happy to meet you.

You have such pretty hair.

- Thank you.

- You should have it styled.

I'm sure you're right.

- Would you like a tour of the house?

- What did she say?

She wants to show us

around her farmhouse.

- She's proud of it, I think.

- Do they keep animals inside?

How charming. How perfectly charming.


Her stepmother-to-be

was a woman of keen feeling

and refined taste.

And she, too, had known grief.

But she wore it wonderfully well.

You did not say

your daughter was so beautiful.

She takes after her...

Her mother.

Just so.

What does Mummy mean?

What's so charming about it?

She's lying. That's just good manners.

Shut up.

How long has your family lived here?

Over 200 years.

And in all that time,

they never thought to decorate?

Anastasia, hush.

They'll think you are in earnest.

Ella's stepmother,

high-spirited lady that she was,

set out to restore life

and laughter to the house.

You are awful, Baron.

Fortune favors me again.

Well, look who's having

a party of their own.

Jacqueline, Teddy, Matilda,

greedy Gus-Gus.

Just what...

Yes, what do you think

you're up to, Lucifer?

Jacqueline is my guest,

and the eating of guests is not allowed.

Go on, now.

You've plenty of cat food

to keep you happy.

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Chris Weitz

Christopher John Weitz (born November 30, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his work with his brother Paul Weitz on the comedy films American Pie and About a Boy; the latter earned the brothers a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Among his other main works, Weitz directed the film adaptation of the novel The Golden Compass and the film adaptation of New Moon from the series of Twilight books, as well wrote the screenplay for Disney's 2015 live-action adaptation of Cinderella and co-wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with Tony Gilroy. more…

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