A romantic drama, this movie takes the magical and grim elements from the original fairy tale and treats the tale of Cinderella as if it were a true story. The setting for the film is renaissance France. Ever After stars Drew Barrymore as Danielle de Barbarac, Anjelica Huston as the wicked stepmother the Bareness Rodmilla de Ghent and Doughray Scott as the Crown Prince of France. This movie runs for one hour and twenty-one minutes.
As a child Danielle only had her father for company. Being raised by her father caused Danielle to be a tomboy, always playing with the help and getting full of mud.
One day when her father comes home from a trip, Danielle learns that he has married a baroness, and she now has a stepmother and two stepsisters. Danielle's father hopes that with a mother and two sisters, she will have the guidance to become a lady. As her father leaves for a business trip, he suffers a heart attack and dies. This leaves everything to the baroness, and Danielle is treated no better than the hired help.
Moving ten years into the future, Danielle now works the grounds with the rest of the house staff. One day the Prince comes and steals a horse. For Danielle's silence, he pays her heavily, and, dressed as a courtier, she uses the money to purchase the freedom of one of the house staff, sold to pay off the baroness' debts. She again meets the prince, and he is intrigued by her. Asking a name, she gives him her mother's, Nicole de Lancrate.
The two eventually run into each other constantly and fall in love. When the baroness finds out, she exposes her as a commoner in the hopes that the prince will marry her daughter Marguerite. Deciding to marry Danielle even though she is not royalty, he seeks her at the baroness' home and learns that she has been sold. They eventually marry and send for the baroness and her daughters, only to have them stripped of their title and made servants for the palace.