Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)
"Tri orísky pro Popelku" (original title)

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Life changes dramatically for Czech housemaid Cinderella when the house driver gives her three magical hazel nuts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Libuse Safránková ...
Pavel Trávnícek ...
Carola Braunbock ...
Rolf Hoppe ...
Karin Lesch ...
Dana Hlavácová ...
Dora (as Daniela Hlavácová)
Jan Libícek ...
Vítezslav Jandák ...
Jaroslav Drbohlav ...
Míla Myslíková ...
Helena Ruzicková ...
Princess Drobena
Jan Sus ...
Milos Vavruska ...
Jirí Ruzicka ...


The film stars Libuse Safránková as the title character, a young woman who is put upon by her stepmother and stepsisters. The film employs a twist, though, when a handsome prince comes knocking. Cinderella does not simply fall into the prince's arms. In this version, he must actively pursue the young woman who is a skilled sharpshooter prone to wearing hunting outfits. Cinderella also has three wishes at her disposal, gained from three magic nuts. Written by Ørnås

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16 November 1973 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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Three Nuts for Cinderella  »

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In the ball scene, fat dancer Drobena (played by Helena Ruzicková is introduced as "daughter of the Baroness Courtebiche". Baroness Courtebiche is character from the book Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier. See more »


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Melodie beze slov
Music by Karel Svoboda
Performed by Jitka Molavcová
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Fairy-tale Masterpiece
2 September 2000 | by (Tbilisi, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Perhaps, one of the few really good things about living in former USSR was the possibility to see lots of magnificent East European fairy-tale Films, and among these "3 nuts for Cinderella" (as this film was called In my country) is undoubtedly the most recommended. I really do believe that it is really one of the best fairy tale s made on film of all times and of course the best out of those made about Cinderella - There were some quite good films and cartoons made in Russia and Europe, but they still lack the magic that this film possesses, and don't even get me started about the American films about Cinderella. All of them, with the exception of quite nice but too standard and unoriginal Disney cartoon, were simply terrible, and I have a special dislike to that oddity with Drew Barrymore that was worth watching only for ever wonderful Angelica Huston.

"Tri orioshky" is a real masterpiece. Story itself is more a mix of Cinderella and Peau d'âne fairy tales. All its components (acting, screenplay, sets, camera-work, score) are top-notch and the entire film has certain humanity and naiveté that is clearly missing from most of the modern children's movies. However I am sure whoever loved this film as a child would re-watch it as an adult with great pleasure.

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