An oppressed young woman finds happiness when she secretly attends the royal ball.

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King Rupert III
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Royal Adviser
Jane Alden ...
Arlene
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Bertha
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Edgar
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Arturo
Lise Lang ...
Young Lady at Ball
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Maiden at Ball
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An oppressed young woman finds happiness when she secretly attends the royal ball.

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Royal Adviser: My feet are killing me.
Prince Henry: And their feet are killing me. If I see one more fallen arch I'll scream.
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Delightful rendition of the classic tale
2 June 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the best of Shelley Duvall's high-quality "Faerie Tale Theatre" series. The ugly stepsisters are broadway-quality comedy relief, and Eve Arden is the personification of wicked stepmotherhood. Jennifer Beals does an excellent job as a straight Cinderella, especially in the garden scene with Matthew Broderick's Prince Charming. Jean Stapleton plays the fairy godmother well, although I'm not sure I liked the "southern lady" characterization with some of the lines. Steve Martin's comedy relief as the Royal Orchestra Conductor is quintessential Martin, but a tiny bit misplaced in the show's flow.

As is customary with the series, there are several wry comments thrown in for the older children (ages 15 and up). With a couple of small bumps, the show flows well, and they live happily ever after. Children up to age 8 will continue to watch it after the parents finally get tired of it -- I found 3 times in one day to be a little too much.


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