Snow White (1987 film)

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Snow White
Directed by Michael Berz
Produced by Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Written by Michael Berz
Based on Snow White by the Brothers Grimm
Starring Diana Rigg
Sarah Patterson
Billy Barty
Nicola Stapleton
Distributed by MGM
Release dates
1987 (USA)
Running time
83 minutes
Country Israel
United States
Language English

Snow White is a 1987 American musical/fantasy film based on the classic fairytale and released as part of the "Cannon Movie Tales" series. The film was released straight to video. In August 2005 it was released on Region 1 DVD by MGM.


The film opens with a local Prince traveling in the woods with his men. The Prince discovers a beautiful young woman, Snow White, lying in a glass coffin. The seven dwarfs arrive and tell the Prince the story of Snow White through flashback.

A handsome and courageous King and his fair Queen rule their kingdom well. While sewing with her handmaidens one winter's day, the Queen accidentally pricks her finger with her needle and blood falls on the snow outside her windowsill. The King declares that they will have a child with cheeks as red as blood, hair as black as ebony and skin as white as snow. After some time, the Good Queen gives birth to a daughter named Snow White, but dies shortly after her child is born.

The King marries again, but the new queen, Snow White's evil stepmother, (Diana Rigg) is an evil and vain woman who is very jealous of Snow White (Nicola Stapleton). When the King and Snow White leave for hunting, the Evil Queen asks her huntsman to take Snow White away and kill her. The huntsman succeeds in taking Snow White away from her father, and was ready to execute her. However, Snow White manages to escape from the huntsman, and into the forest, where she discovers a cottage belonging to seven kindly dwarfs - Iddy, Biddy, Kiddy, Diddy, Fiddy, Giddy and Liddy - who allow her to stay with them. The King is heartbroken when he is told that Snow White has been eaten by wild animals, and he is killed in battle.

Many years pass and Snow White (Sarah Patterson) grows into a beautiful young woman. When the Evil Queen asks her mirror who the fairest is, she is told that Snow White, who is alive in the forest, is the fairest of them all. The Evil Queen then decides to get rid of the girl herself, trying to kill Snow White three times. First, disguised as a gypsy woman, she gives Snow White a tight bodice, but the dwarfs cut her out of the bodice. Then, the Queen, disguised as an Asian comb seller, pushes a poisoned comb into Snow White's hair, but the dwarfs manage to revive her by removing the comb. The third time, the Evil Queen prepares a poisoned apple and disguises herself as an old peasant woman. Snow White resists at first, until the Evil Queen cuts the apple in half so they may share it. Snow White eats the poisoned half of the apple and falls to the floor. The dwarfs are unable to revive her, and place her inside a glass coffin.

The film returns to the present, where the dwarfs have allowed the Prince to take Snow White away. While the Prince and his men are transporting her to her resting place, the coffin accidentally falls off the wagon, causing the piece of poisoned apple to dislodge from Snow White's throat, and she awakens. The Prince is enchanted by Snow White and asks her to marry him, and she accepts.

Invitations are sent out to every kingdom for their wedding, and the Evil Queen receives one as well. The Evil Queen is told by her magic mirror that the Prince's bride is the fairest in the land. She smashes her mirror in a fit of rage, which causes her to age rapidly. The Evil Queen rushes to the church and is shocked to see Snow White as the bride. The Evil Queen, now an ugly old hag, limps out of the church and disintegrates into ashes. Snow White and the Prince are married and live happily ever after.


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