What script has managed to do so surprisingly well is first of all to modernize the classic Cinderella tale, making it entertaining and (almost) believable for adults while preserving basic pattern and texture of the original for the youngsters.
Richard Chamberlain makes a believable, feet-on-the-ground Prince, Gemma Craven is a pretty and very effective Cinderella.
Michael Hordern steals many a scene as the king, in a very good performance; Kenneth More has great moments as the chamberlain; while Edith Evans thefts the scenes she’s in with some irresistible windup oneliners.
Physical facets, from eye-popping Pinewood Studio sets to the lushly romantic Austrian exteriors, are standout.
1977: Nomination: Best Adapted Score, Song