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Nutcracker (1986)

The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bigney ...
Herr Drosselmeier / The Pasha
Vanessa Sharp ...
Patricia Barker ...
Dream Clara / Ballerina Doll
Wade Walthall ...
Maia Rosal ...
Carey Homme ...
Mr. Stahlbaum / Moor
Russell Burnett ...
Jacob Rice ...
Martha Boyle ...
Adult at the Party / Snowflake / Waltz of the Flowers
Laura Schwenk ...
Adult at the Party / Snowflake / Moor / Waltz of the Flowers
Benjamin Houk ...
Adult at the Party / Mouse Captain / Dervish
Beatrice Bassett ...
Adult at the Party / Grandparent
Ann Renhard ...
Adult at the Party / Snowflake / Waltz of the Flowers
Dianne Brace ...
Adult at the Party / Snowflake / Moor / Waltz of the Flowers
Christian Cederlund ...
Adult at the Party / Moor
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The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as possible to the original story. A lavish, exciting and heart-warming celebration of dance, of music, and of life. Based upon the Pacific Northwest Ballet's original production. Written by Anonymous

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A magnificent Christmas spectacular

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Family | Fantasy | Music

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26 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Nutcracker: The Motion Picture  »

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$781,727 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

A monster from Maurice Sendak's book "Where the Wild Things Are" can be seen peeking over the horizon during the boat ride at the start of the second act. See more »

Quotes

Adult Clara (narrator): Dreams are strangely familiar places. They are not all make-believe, but only the homely inside of yourself, like the inner lining of your favorite coat, or like the sweet kernel of the hardest nut that only the jaws of my Nutcracker Prince could reveal to me.
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Crazy Credits

Wade Walthall is listed in the credits as playing the Nutcracker, when in fact he plays the Nutcracker Prince. The Nutcracker himself is billed in the credits as "Fighting Nutcracker", and is played by Jacob Rice. See more »

Connections

Version of Maurice Bejart's Nutcracker (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Duet of Daphnis and Chloe
from the opera "Pique Dame"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Robert Noble, Sarah Walker, and Cathryn Pope
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A Childhood Favorite
16 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We taped this off of television when I was very small, and since then one of my aunties taped over it and broke my Mom's heart. I was lucky enough to find an old library copy of it on ebay, and restore the Christmas tradition to my house. As an arts major, I'm sensible that there can't be too clean a transition from ballet to "motion picture." But I believe this film came as close as possible. It is, for the most part, a very well-taped performance of the Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker," with a few special effects and some narration. It's filmed on the Seattle Stage, and because of its movie-like qualities it can focus close on the dancer's faces and shows the great acting skills that many of them possess. I've heard a lot of criticism of the seeming obsession Drosselmyer holds with Clara, but I like it. It adds so much more the the scenes in her parent's party, and I don't think that he's got so much of a sexual yearning as he longs to connect with someone, and he loves his little niece. They shoot the family's congratulations with him when he presents the beautiful doll house, but then they all go off and leave him and, when he tries to join in conversation with Clara, she is afraid of him and backs away. Her fear of him and the sub textual sexual tension are what add to the somewhat erotic and sensual world of her dream, in the palace in Act II. Kent Stowell's choreography is the best I have ever seen in a production of this ballet, and the orchestra is amazing. I was always a huge fan of "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen," so Maurice Sendak's costumes and sets hold a very special place in my heart. And the passes des deuxes are some of the finest pairs ballet suites I've ever had the pleasure of watching. All in all, this is my number one favorite holiday film. And if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a copy, I highly recommend you add it to your family's must-watch list this year. :-)


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