This fine adaptation of the classic fairy tale is a family affair: Amy Irving acts with her mother (Priscilla Pointer) and stepfather (Robert Symonds), and her brother David makes his auspicious writing-directing debut here. In order to make the movie within its minibudget, many corners
have been cut, but not in the sets, which are lovely. Billy Barty, who has been in movies for almost 50 years, is wonderfully sly, cunning, and grumpy in his role. A fine picture for children.