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.
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 »
When Cinderella and the Prince are singing in the marketplace, after the boxes get trampled by the royal carriages, the purple hat box changes positions. In the next scene from the back, the purple box is hanging in Cinderella's hand, and then the next shot it is perfectly intact sitting on top of the rest of the boxes. The box's placement changes a couple more times. See more »
Why would a fella want a girl like her? / A frail and fluffy beauty? / Why can't a fella ever once prefer / a solid gal like me!
She's a frothy little bubble / with a flimsy kind of charm / and with very little trouble / I could break her little arm!
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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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