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Director:
Writer:
Yanna Kroyt Brandt (narration)
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Release Date:
16 December 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
This Friday, [December 16, 1977] join Mikhail Baryshnikov in the realm of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and sheer magical entertainment. (poster for original telecast)
Plot:
The television adaptation of the Baryshnikov production. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
User Reviews:
A festive bon bon See more (8 total) »

Cast

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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 Curtis .... editor: video tape
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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Runtime:
78 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (original telecast) | Stereo (recent telecasts)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[offscreen]
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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Soundtrack:
The NutcrackerSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A festive bon bon, 13 June 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Although I am no dancer, I have always taken a big interest in ballet, because I love the music, the stories and the choreography. This is especially true of The Nutcracker and all of the Tchaikovsky ballets.

The story of the ballet is timeless, and I loved the decision they made here to make Clara go on a sort of journey character-wise, starting off as a young girl and maturing throughout. And of course Tchaikovsky's music is outstanding, very sparkling and elegant.

This Nutcracker is wonderful. The only disappointments for me are some muffled sound and some of the sets are rather murky-looking for my tastes, however some of them do look very nice.

Any small faults aside, the costumes are gorgeous, and the camera work and editing are excellent. But what makes this excellent production are the dancing and the leads. This production puts a lot of emphasis on intricate dancing and choreography as has been said before, and this was a decision that paid off and was entirely successful, not just in the duets and group dances but especially in the solo performances, my favourites being the grand party and Kirkland's dance involving jingling bells. As great as Mikhail Barishnikov is here, and he is, very, the star of the show is Gelsey Kirkland, who nails Clara's character and her dancing is just breathtaking.

Overall, a real festive bon bon. If in the want of lavish sets maybe this is not quite the production to sink yourself into first, but if in the want of fine performances and some of the best attention to choreography and dancing you'd want, look no further than this. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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