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Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

Tri orísky pro Popelku (original title)
Life changes dramatically for a Czech housemaid when the house driver gives her three magical hazel nuts.


Václav Vorlícek


Bozena Nemcová (story), Frantisek Pavlícek (as Bohumila Zelenková)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Libuse Safránková ... Popelka / Aschenbrödel
Pavel Trávnícek ... Prince / Prinz
Carola Braunbock ... Mother / Stiefmutter
Rolf Hoppe ... King / König
Karin Lesch ... Queen / Königin
Dana Hlavácová ... Dora (as Daniela Hlavácová)
Jan Libícek ... Preceptor / Präzeptor
Vítezslav Jandák ... Kamil
Jaroslav Drbohlav ... Vítek
Vladimír Mensík ... Vincek / Vinzek
Míla Myslíková ... Housekeeper / Haushälterin
Helena Ruzicková ... Princess Drobena / Kleinröschen
Jan Sus Jan Sus ... Hind
Milos Vavruska ... Huntsman
Jirí Ruzicka ... Cook / Küchenjunge


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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Drei Nüsse für Aschenbrödel


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The film became a traditional Christmas Eve movie on TV in Czech republic and several other European countries. However, according to the original script, it was supposed to be filmed in the summer. To completely rewrite each scene for the winter was the idea of the director Václav Vorlícek. See more »


Obvious day-for-night in many of the outdoor sequences, with wildly inconsistent light levels from shot to shot within the same scene. See more »


Referenced in Máme rádi Cesko: Episode dated 27 February 2016 (2016) See more »


Melodie beze slov
Music by Karel Svoboda
Performed by Jitka Molavcová
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Grew up with this one
14 April 1999 | by RICOKaSee all my reviews

Well, I grew up with this movie and ever since I watched it for the first time, it has lost none of its magic. Music, acting, location (near Dresden, by the way), everything is just fine. And there is one thing for sure: no US-version of "Cinderella" can keep up with this one. Some sort of simplicity might make the difference. Although it´s just a fairy tale, it moves your heart.

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German | Czech

Release Date:

16 November 1973 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Nuts for Cinderella See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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1.37 : 1
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