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The Nutcracker (1964)

Der Nußknacker (original title)
A one-hour version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, with a somewhat revised storyline reminiscent of "The Wizard of Oz".




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Complete credited cast:
Edward Villella ...
Melissa Hayden ...
Patricia McBride ...
Host / narrator (U.S.version)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Barra
Paul Birgk
Hugo Delavalle
Edith Demharter
Renate Deppisch
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Helga Heinrich ...
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Niels Kehlet ...
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Harald Kreutzberg ...
Monika Müller


A one-hour version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, with a somewhat revised storyline reminiscent of "The Wizard of Oz".

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21 December 1965 (USA)  »

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The famous "March" is heard during the opening credits to the production (which were made especially for this CBS presentation of the film), but not during the actual film. The actual film begins with the "Overture Miniature", which is also the music that begins the ballet. See more »


As he is speaking during the introductory host sequence, Eddie Albert can quite obviously be seen glancing to the side occasionally to read the cue cards. See more »


[last lines, about Drosselmeyer]
Narrator: ...for he knew that miracles are born in the dreams of children.
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The Nutcracker
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Franz Allers
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Great Dancing Here!
24 December 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is quite a wonderful version of the Tchaikovsky ballet. Much of the pantomimed story is condensed so that most of the movie is dancing. There are some interesting adaptations made to the traditional presentation. What is so valuable here is one of the few film recordings of Edward Villella performing at his peak. Also Patricia McBride is excellent. Their duets are so memorable that I have never seen any as exciting in the many live and video performances I have seen (including Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland). I used to watch this movie on a regular basis as it was available to show to school students from my local library. I would really love to see it released on video so it can be fully appreciated.

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