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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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Storyline

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)  »

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

The film's soundtrack album bears the same title as the movie posters ("Nutcracker: The Motion Picture"), but in the film's credits the full title is simply "Pacific Northwest Ballet's 'Nutcracker'". The title "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture" never appears onscreen. See more »

Quotes

Adult Clara (narrator): In the language of this dream, in that palace of delight, we spoke with our whole selves... And my tall Nutcracker Cavalier had eyes only for me, for at least as long as that dream could be.
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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 Great Performances: The Hard Nut (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71)
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras
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The only version, as far as I'm concerned
24 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the version of the Nutcracker that I grew up watching, and fell in love with. I loved its dark undertones and its creepy aesthetic, and as an adult I can appreciate the psychology behind the production. It seems some people are put off by the darker aspects of this interpretation, but I guess it's all what you're used to; after becoming accustomed to this version, other versions made me recoil with their saccharine cuteness. If you are looking for a strict ballet performance, this might not be the film for you, as it is first and foremost a dramatic film--think of it as a fantasy movie with dance in place of dialogue. The attention to detail and the deliberate choices in the casting, costumes and props are all wonderful, as are Maurice Sendak's sets. Again, this is a somewhat off-beat interpretation of the story, and does not ever get very sugary, but its multifaceted, complex and provocative imagery is definitely pretty sweet.


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