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Cinderella (1997)

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Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.

Director:

Robert Iscove

Writers:

Oscar Hammerstein II (book), Robert L. Freedman (teleplay)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandy Norwood ... Cinderella (as Brandy)
Bernadette Peters ... Cinderella's Stepmother
Veanne Cox ... Calliope
Natalie Desselle Reid ... Minerva (as Natalie Desselle)
Paolo Montalban ... Prince Christopher
Jason Alexander ... Lionel
Whoopi Goldberg ... Queen Constantina
Victor Garber ... King Maximillian
Whitney Houston ... Fairy Godmother
Michael Haynes Michael Haynes ... The Coachman
Scott Fowler Scott Fowler ... Dancer #1
Noel Peters Noel Peters
Nathan Prevost ... Dancer #2
Travis Payne ... Dancer #3
Jennifer Lee Keyes Jennifer Lee Keyes ... Dancer #4
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Storyline

Cinderella (Brandy) chafes under the cruelty of her wicked stepmother (Bernadette Peters) and her evil stepsisters, Calliope (Veanne Cox) and Minerva (Natalie Desselle), until her Fairy Godmother (Whitney Houston) steps in to change her life for one unforgettable night. At the ball, she falls for handsome Prince Christopher (Paolo Montalban), whose parents, King Maximillian (Victor Garber) and Queen Constantina (Whoopi Goldberg), are anxious for him to find a suitable paramour.

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Trivia

Brandy Norwood became the first African-American to play Cinderella. This version broke viewership records when it debuted, and it holds the record for the bestselling video for a made-for-TV movie. See more »

Goofs

During the song "A Lovely Night", when Cinderella is dancing around with her stepsisters the crew can be seen in the mirrors on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Minerva: Did you ever see such a lazy girl in your life?
Calliope: Who are you calling lazy?
Minerva: Not you, stupid, Cinderella!
Calliope: Oh. Who are you calling stupid?
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Connections

Version of Cinderella (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Falling in Love with Love
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Bernadette Peters, Veanne Cox, and Natalie Desselle Reid
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Surprisingly terrific!
7 November 2004 | by rachellevittSee all my reviews

We received this movie as a gift and it sat unwatched for a year until my 3-yr old pulled it out. I don't usually tear up during movies, but this production is stunning to watch, and lovingly detailed. The costumes, the sets, the colors are hypnotic, very much like a dream. I particularly appreciate the inclusive, multi-racial cast, especially because we're used to seeing all combinations of families here in Cambridge. Whitney Houston's voice gives new meaning to the idea of fairy godmother. It's really her show; the whole theme that "nothing is impossible" rings even truer when you know about Houston's own history as a young housewife singing in her basement, dreaming of something better. Brandy makes a most sympathetic Cinderella-- she's not passive, she just doesn't know what to do, and her transformation from scullery maid to conficent princess is as believable as it is lovely to watch. This production is also unpretentious in that it's not preachy, or divisive. There is no one evil or bad; everyone's clearly trying to do the best they can. What more can you ask for? I'm in love with this movie, and credit Houston with a clear vision of how the dusty Cinderella story can become timeless and compassionate with just a few strategic modern touches!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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