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Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder 

Sociopathic socialite plots her father's murder.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Frances Schreuder 3 episodes, 1987
 Richard Behrens 3 episodes, 1987
 Franklin Bradshaw 3 episodes, 1987
 Berenice Bradshaw 3 episodes, 1987
David Ackroyd ...
Harris Laskawy ...
 Campbell 3 episodes, 1987
 Vittorio 3 episodes, 1987
 Mike George 3 episodes, 1987
Terrence Evans ...
 Doug Steele 3 episodes, 1987
Gerald Hiken ...
Thomas Hill ...
 Dr. Grant 3 episodes, 1987
 Frederick 3 episodes, 1987
Ryan MacDonald ...
 Divorce Judge 3 episodes, 1987
 Dr. Blake 3 episodes, 1987
 Robert Reagan 3 episodes, 1987
 Judge Baldwin 3 episodes, 1987
 Bernard Bradshaw 3 episodes, 1987
Michael Welden ...
 Frances' Companion 3 episodes, 1987
Joseph Whipp ...
 Miss Taylor 3 episodes, 1987
Ben Hartigan ...
 Minister 3 episodes, 1987
Paul Jonathan Henry ...
 Marco (Age 7) 3 episodes, 1987
 Frank the Bartender 3 episodes, 1987
Jarrett Lennon ...
 Lorenzo Bradshaw (Age 5) 3 episodes, 1987
Cathryn Perdue ...
 Nancy Jones 3 episodes, 1987
 Marco (Age 4) 3 episodes, 1987
Edmund Stoiber ...
T.J. Worzalla ...
 Ariadne (Age 4) 3 episodes, 1987
Peter Crook
Cindi Dietrich
Dean Dittman
Todd Everett ...
 Lie Detector Interrogator 3 episodes, 1987
Tom Hodges
 Ariadne Shreuder 3 episodes, 1987
Matthew Newmark ...
 Lorenzo (Age 8) 3 episodes, 1987
John Petlock
Andy Wood


Sociopathic socialite plots her father's murder.

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1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cascanueces: Dinero, locura y asesinato  »

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(3 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Based on the real life of Frances Schreuder. See more »


Version of At Mother's Request (1987) See more »

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Brilliant Lee Remick Performance as New York City Ballet's Nightmare
20 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I think I recall some legal problems in getting the full details of Frances Schreuder's involvement with the New York City Ballet into the miniseries; those details can be found in the Shana Alexander document, in which Balanchine at least is mentioned as having seen her from a distance.

She wanted to buy out of her Mormon background and her skinflint bore of a father. As an unscrupulous person in the extreme, she trained her sons in crime and got one of them to kill his grandfather, her father.

With his money, she gave a huge sum to the New York City Ballet and got on their governing board, major equipment for her ambitions as a Manhattan socialite. Balanchine's most expensive ballet up to that point, 'Robert Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze', was financed with Schreuder money (it was interesting to see the ballet after knowing the story: Suzanne Farrell was still appearing in it in 1986; I doubt if any of these glorious dancers gave this another thought--although I certainly did; in any case, a number of them had known her before she was found out. Even after her trial was well under way, she would follow them up to Saratoga in the summer, I think as late as 1983.) I believe it was Lincoln Kirstein's testimony which ultimately saved her from the death penalty.

In any case, Frances Schreuder died just over a month ago.

Beautiful Lee Remick, of the ravishing smile, a hardworking and occasionally brilliant actress if ever there was one, died in 1993. This miniseries could have been a lot better if the NYCB involvement could have been emphasized and developed in some reasonable depth, but it got the essential story across, especially if you also read the Alexander account. And Remick's performance was pyrotechnical, fabulous with vitriol and every conceivable nuance of rage and hate.

Such governing boards began applying more stringent measures such as doing some research into the backgrounds of overly generous donors whose money they might not find as useful as once it has seemed when it just arrives unannounced in the mail--and an angel is not necessarily behind it...

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