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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.


Robert Iscove


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





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


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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Did You Know?


Prince Christopher's full name is Christopher Rupert Windermere Vladimir Carl Alexander François Reginald Lancelot Herman Gregory James. See more »


Cinderella is wearing different slippers when she exits the carriage, as opposed to the ones given by her fairy godmother. They have a strap and a higher heel. See more »


Lionel: His royal highness Christopher Rupert son of his majesty King Maximillian Godfee Ladeslous Leapolt Sydney.
Ensemble: [speaking in unison] Sydney?
Lionel: Sydney. Fredrick John is giving a ball.
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Version of Cendrillon (1922) See more »


In My Own Little Corner (reprise)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Brandy Norwood
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Startling at first, but ultimately winning.
20 April 2003 | by dietzbergerSee all my reviews

If there's anything to be criticized in the Cinderella story, it's the fundamental premise that Cinderella is passive...but then it's a one-plot story that doesn't give her the chance to "evolve" as Harry Potter does. But don't we all wish to have our problems solved and our dreams made to come true for us?

I love this updated version of the story because, at least for me and my family, it represents a double fantasy of the way the world should be. While the multi-colored cast might be jarring for those who knew the original version (which I saw as a kid), I thought it was brilliant. My kids don't look like me--my daughter is Chinese and my son is Guatemalan. So for them to see a black queen and a white king with an Asian son, who falls in love with the beautiful but misused black stepdaughter of a white woman with one black and one white daughter--neither of whom look remotely like her--isn't as un-real (or merely PC) as some people might think. For my family, it's an affirmation of modern reality. For my daughter to see a handsome Asian prince fall in love with a beautiful dark-skinned Cinderella is incredibly powerful.

Also, while I am not a huge fan of any one person in the cast, I thought they all performed wonderfully within the limits of the genre. Peters' "Falling in love with love" blew me away, because it actually gives you a moment of real sympathy for the stepmother--no one is wicked always, it seems to say, and heartbreak has hardened her heart against her beautiful stepdaughter. Instead of merely evil, she becomes tragic.

The costumes and sets were great--firmly placing this in the vaguely "old world" romantic place that fairy tales live--the pop stylings and characters of the actors instantly make this a period piece of the late 20th century--but that's just fine. Cinderella will be reborn many times in the coming generations.

It would be nice to see a subtle re-working of Cinderella with even more sympathy for the stepmother and sisters, and a little more complexity of character and plot to make the heroine and hero less two-dimensional--but then it wouldn't really be a children's movie, would it?

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Release Date:

2 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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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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