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
published 1812
by the Brothers Grimm
Starring Diana Rigg
Sarah Patterson
Billy Barty
Nicola Stapleton
Music by Arik Rudich
Cinematography Amnon Salomon
Edited by Moshe Avni
John S. Smith
Distributed by Cannon Films
Release date
1987 (US)
Running time
83 minutes
Country Israel
United States
Language English
Box office $41,316,184

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 handsome young prince traveling through the forest in winter with his men. In a forest glen, the prince finds Snow White lying in a glass coffin. The seven dwarfs arrive and tell the Prince of Snow White's story through flashback.

A courageous King and his fair Queen rule their kingdom well. One winter's day while sewing with her maids, the Queen accidentally pricks her finger with her needle, and a single drop of blood falls on the snow outside her windowsill. The King declares they will have a child with hair as black as ebony, cheeks as red as blood, and skin as white as snow. The Good Queen eventually gives birth to a daughter, whom she names Snow White, but dies shortly after her child is born.

When Snow White (Nicola Stapleton) has grown into a kind child, her father marries again. However, the new queen (Diana Rigg) is evil and vain and jealous of Snow White. When her magic mirror tells her that Snow White is now the fairest in the land, the Evil Queen orders the huntsman (Amnon Meskin) to take Snow White into the forest and kill her, and to bring back her liver as proof of her death. During a hunting trip, the huntsman succeeds in taking Snow White away from her father but is unable to harm her. Instead, he orders her to hide in the forest from her stepmother and never come back to the castle. Snow White flees into the forest where she finds 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 had been eaten by wild animals, and later he is killed in battle.

A few years later, Snow White (Sarah Patterson) grows into a beautiful young woman. When the Evil Queen asks her magic mirror "who is the fairest one of all", she learns that Snow White is still alive. The Evil Queen attempts to kill Snow White three times. First, she disguises herself as a gypsy woman and laces up Snow White in a tight bodice, only for the dwarfs to cut the lace with scissors. The second time, she disguises herself as an Asian comb seller and gives Snow White a poisoned comb, only for the dwarfs to remove the comb from her hair. Finally, the Evil Queen disguises herself as an old peddler woman and offers Snow White a poisoned apple. Snow White resists at first, but relents when the Evil Queen cuts the apple in half so they may share it. Snow White eats the poisoned half of the apple and collapses. The dwarfs are unable to revive her, and place her inside a glass coffin.

The film returns to the present, where the dwarfs allow the Prince to take Snow White to a proper resting place. When Snow White is being transported, the coffin accidentally falls off the wagon due to a tree falling down by a snowstorm, causing the piece of poisoned apple to dislodge from Snow White's throat, and she wakens. The Prince is enchanted that Snow White magically revived herself and asks her to marry him, and she accepts.

Invitations to the wedding are sent throughout the land, and the Evil Queen receives one as well, leaving the magic mirror into concluding that the Prince's bride is the fairest in the land. Enraged, the Evil Queen smashes her mirror, which causes her to age rapidly. She rushes to the church in time to see that the bride is Snow White, and then disintegrates into ashes before heading back to the carriage. Snow White and the Prince are married and live happily ever after.



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