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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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Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture  »

Box Office

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$781,727 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Maurice Sendak includes a homage to his favorite composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During Clara's dream, as the furniture around her seems to grow, we see an enormous bust of Mozart peering down at her. See more »

Quotes

Adult Clara (narrator): The Christmas parties of long ago all blur and mix in memory. The real and the unreal become as one.
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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 »


Soundtracks

The Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71)
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras
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A classic
30 November 1999 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This is easily the best adaptation of The Nutcracker I've seen, on stage or film. Ballard is a great director who adapts his skills to the material. The images really flow, and the Maurice Sendak designs are at once graceful and funny and slightly malevolent (giving the material the edge it needs to avoid candyland preciousness). The critics (Ebert, Maltin, et al) really missed the boat on this one. Most of them criticized the fact that Ballard edits into the dancing. But he edits superbly, highlighting the movements that should be highlighted, at precisely the right moment. There's never a cut or a camera move that feels out of place. It's a classic--sadly neglected now (not even available on video).


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