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 snowy woods with his men, collecting treasures they find, but what the Prince really desires is a fairest bride. The Prince discovers a beautiful princess, Snow White, lying in a glass coffin protected by an owl, raven, and a dove. The seven dwarfs arrive and tell the Prince the story of Snow White through flashback.

A 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 remarries, but the new queen, Snow White's stepmother, (Diana Rigg) is a wicked woman who is very jealous of Snow White (Nicola Stapleton). When the King and young Snow White leave for a hunting trip, the Evil Queen orders her Huntsman to take Snow White away and dissect her liver. The Huntsman succeeds in separating Snow White from her father, and was ready to execute her. However, Snow White manages to escape 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 in exchange for housekeeping. The King is heartbroken when he is told that Snow White had been eaten by wild animals, and he died in an unknown battle.

Years pass and Snow White (Sarah Patterson) grows into a beautiful woman. When the Evil Queen asks her magic mirror who is the fairest one, she is told it's Snow White, who is alive. Evil Queen then decides to get rid of the girl herself. In clever disguises, Evil Queen attempts to kill Snow White: by giving her a tight bodice, and a poisoned comb into Snow White's hair, but the dwarfs saved and revive her. The third time, Evil Queen madly prepares a poisoned red apple. Snow White resists at first, until Evil Queen then slices the apple in half so they may share it. Snow White eats the poisoned half of the apple and falls to the floor comatose. The dwarfs are unable to revive her, and place her inside a glass coffin ever since.

The film returns to the present, where the dwarfs have allowed the Prince to take Snow White with him. While the Prince and his men are transporting her to a proper 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; she accepts.

Arriving at the Prince's castle, he introduces Snow White to his father. Invitations are sent out to every kingdom for their wedding, and the Evil Queen receives one as well. 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. Evil Queen rushes to the church and is shocked to see Snow White as the bride. The Evil Queen, transformed now into an ugly and 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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