MARIA LA DEL BARRIO,(roughly translated as Maria of the Borough) starring Mexican singer Thalia as Maria and actor Fernando Colunga (Esmeralda, La Usurpadora) as Luis Fernando and first released in 1995, produced by Televisa. Unlike the 1979 original, Maria Hernandez is no lost heiress but a 15 year old homeless girl on the streets who is taken in by a priest and handed over to a rich man in the parish to work as a maid but as we all know, the man, Don Fernando de la Vega had other ideas; he legally adopted her as his daughter - much to his wife's (Victoria) and niece's(Soraya) horror; arranging for her education and so on. Along came the spoilt, drunken son, Luis Fernando who at first tried to seduce the young and beautiful Maria but ended up falling in love with her and changing his ways.
VERDICT???? : I PREFER THE ORIGINAL, HANDS DOWN.