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Release Date:
16 December 1977 (USA) See more »
This Friday, [December 16, 1977] join Mikhail Baryshnikov in the realm of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and sheer magical entertainment. (poster for original telecast)
The television adaptation of the Baryshnikov production. | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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A Lost Childhood Memory!!!! :o( See more (8 total) »


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Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Nutcracker / Prince
Gelsey Kirkland ... Clara
Alexander Minz ... Drosselmeyer
Gayle Young ... Mr. Stahlbaum
Sallie Wilson ... Mrs. Stahlbaum
Warren Conover ... Fritz - Clara's Brother / Shepherd Dancer
Rebecca Wright ... Doll
George De La Pena ... The Moor / Russian Dance
Marcos Paredes ... The Mouse King / Drunken Christmas Party Guest
Cynthia Harvey ... Snowflake Soloist
Jolinda Menendez ... Snowflake Soloist / Spanish Dance
Rodney Gustafson ... Court Buffoon
Charles Maple ... Court Buffoon
Eric Nesbitt ... Court Buffoon
Gregory Osborne ... Court Buffoon / Harlequin
Clark Tippet ... Spanish Dance
Hilda Morales ... Chinese Dance
Áurea Hammerli ... Shepherd Dance
Kirk Peterson ... Chinese Dance
Roman L. Jasinski ... Russian Dance (as Roman Jasinski)
Nanette Glushak ... Waltz Soloist
Marie Johansson ... Waltz Soloist
Victor Barbee ... Waltz Soloist
Richard Schafer ... Waltz Soloist
Norman Rose ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine Spizzo Serrano ... Corps de ballet member (uncredited)
Raymond Serrano ... Corps de ballet member (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Charmoli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yanna Kroyt Brandt  narration

Produced by
Lois Bianchi .... associate producer
Herman Krawitz .... executive producer
Yanna Kroyt Brandt .... producer
Cinematography by
Larry Boelens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Max K. Curtis  (as Max Curtis)
Gary Princz 
Production Design by
Boris Aronson 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson  (as Frank Thompson)
Makeup Department
Patrick Moreton .... Miss Kirkland's hair designed by (as Patrick D. Moreton)
Production Management
Barrie Diehl .... production manager
Art Department
Irving Milton Duke .... assistant to Mr. Aronson
Lisa Jalowetz .... assistant to Mr. Aronson
E.J. Taylor .... puppets
Camera and Electrical Department
Jennifer Tipton .... lighting designer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Boehm .... wardrobe
May Ishimoto .... wardrobe
Barbara Matera .... costumes executed by
David Murin .... assistant: to Mr. Thompson
Editorial Department
Max K. Curtis .... editor: video tape (as Max Curtis)
Gary Princz .... editor: video tape
Music Department
Boys of Desborough School .... chorus
Roger Durston .... chorus master: Boys of Desborough School
National Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra (as The National Philharmonic)
Andrew Raeburn .... music producer
Steven Rosenthal .... pianist
Kenneth Schermerhorn .... conductor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky .... music by (as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
John Kurlander .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Mikhail Baryshnikov .... choreographer
Mikhail Baryshnikov .... production: ballet
Dick Beard .... assistant: Mr. Charmoli (as Richard Beard)
Bettina Brooks .... production assistant
Lucia Chase .... director: The American Ballet Theatre
David Krawitz .... assistant to producer
Remi Saunder .... assistant to producer
Jurgen Schneider .... assistant: Mr. Baryshnikov
Oliver Smith .... director: The American Ballet Theatre
John R.J. Toland .... assistant to producer
Vasili I. Vaynonen .... choreographer: "Snowflake Waltz" (as Vasily Vainonen)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

78 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (original telecast) | Stereo (recent telecasts)
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Did You Know?

This was originally a stage production, but rather than taping or filming it in a theatre with a live audience, Baryshnikov chose to have the sets enlarged and taped it in a television studio with no audience.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:It is Christmas Eve. In just a few hours, the clock will chime midnight - a time of magic, and of dreams.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Nutcracker (1994/I) (V)See more »
The NutcrackerSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Lost Childhood Memory!!!! :o(, 9 December 1999
Author: jewel0911 from Hainesport Township, New Jersey

The Nutcracker was shown on PBS for years...and I loved it. When it first came out I was 9 years old, and now I am 31. I thought this rendition of the Nutcracker was the most excellent piece that I have ever seen. I have seen other Nutcracker ballets, but nobody can touch this classic. Nobody can beat the pairing gracefulness and power of Mikhail Baryshnikov portraying the Nutcracker Prince and Gelsey Kirkland portraying Clara. After seeing this for the first time I wanted to become a ballerina. The ballet crew, music, and props were outstanding. You got very caught up in the story. I was very upset when PBS didn't show this anymore. It was a tradition every year for me and my family to watch. >

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