ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale 

A contemporary remake of "Cinderella" aimed at a pre-teen audience, for an ABC (American Broadcasting Company) Afterschool Special.

Director:

Lee Grant

Writer:

Jeffrey Kindley
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Episode cast overview:
Pearl Bailey ... Martha Dermody
Kyra Sedgwick ... Cindy Eller
Jennifer Grey ... Laura Eller
Kelly Wolf Kelly Wolf ... Liza Eller
Grant Show ... Gregory Prince III
Melanie Mayron ... Janet Eller
Stephen Keep Mills ... Mr. Eller (as Stephen Keep)
Sylvia Miles ... Sweet Susie
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A contemporary remake of "Cinderella" aimed at a pre-teen audience, for an ABC (American Broadcasting Company) Afterschool Special.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tender treatment of the story with 80's style
13 July 2004 | by patrokovSee all my reviews

I fondly remember this after school special. It features the bony Kyra Sedgwick as a teen girl whose father has just remarried after her mother died. The fairy godmother is a mystic bag lady played wonderfully by Pearl Bailey. In a twist, the stepmother is kind and understanding, but that's more than offset by the evil stepsisters who belittle Cindy for her lack of 80's style. Of course now, we would appreciate Cindy's understated, if plain taste, and revile the hip 80's glitz. And of course a pre-Ferris Bueller/Dirty Dancing Jennifer Grey is one of those evil stepsisters. It was cheesy and self-aware, but nonetheless had a certain charm mainly due to the chemistry between Sedgwick and Bailey.


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