MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 129,047 this week

The Nutcracker (1968)

TV Movie  -   -  Music  -  10 March 1968 (UK)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 13 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(story), (revisions to original story)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 339 titles
created 04 Jul 2011
 
a list of 188 titles
created 11 Jul 2012
 
a list of 116 titles
created 02 Oct 2012
 
list image
a list of 21 titles
created 07 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "The Nutcracker" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Nutcracker (TV Movie 1968)

The Nutcracker (TV Movie 1968) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Nutcracker.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Paul Czinner
Stars: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, David Blair
Schwanensee (1967)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Truck Branss
Stars: Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn
Nutcracker (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A Russian ballet dancer defects from the USSR, emigrates to England, and joins a ballet company run by a powerful, wealthy lady (Joan Collins).

Director: Anwar Kawadri
Stars: Joan Collins, Carol White, Paul Nicholas
Nutcracker (2001)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

It's another crazy Christmas and psychotherapist Dr. Carlton Fairfax, Jr. is losing control of his patients and his sanity - then he meets one particularly mysterious patient who sees to it that he definitely continues down that road.

Director: Glen Grefe
Stars: Bill Bragg, David Hess, Christine Marie Schneider
The Nutcracker I (Video 1994)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This is a revival of a production first staged in Russia in 1934, before the complete "Nutcracker" was ever performed in the United States... See full synopsis »

Director: Yvon Gérault
Stars: Larisa Lezhnina, Viktor Baranov, Piotr Russanov
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Merle Park ...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoffrey Cauley ...
Chinese Dancer
Michael Coleman ...
Spanish Dancer
Lesley Collier ...
Shepherd Dancer (as Leslie Collier)
Leslie Edwards ...
Alexander Grant ...
Arabian Dancer
Carole Hill ...
Shepherd Dancer
Stanley Holden ...
Grandfather
Ronald Hynd ...
Russian Dancer
Ann Jenner ...
Luisa
Betty Kavanagh ...
Gerd Larsen ...
Grandmother / Arabian Dancer
Keith Martin ...
Fritz / Chinese Dancer
Kenneth Mason ...
Chinese Dancer
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

character name in title | See All (1) »

Genres:

Music

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

10 March 1968 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

Several dancers who play more than one role in this production are credited for playing only one role, while others are credited for playing several roles. See more »

Connections

Version of The Nutcracker (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conducted by John Lanchbery
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wonderful dancing, choreography and orchestral playing, rather drab production values
12 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have always been enchanted by ballet, and The Nutcracker has always been one of my absolute favourites. I love the magical story and especially Tchaikovsky's gorgeous music. Several productions have captivated me like the 1989, 1985, 1977, 2001, 2009 and 1994 productions, and seeing as this 1968 performance was Rudolf Nureyev I was expecting great things.

There is much to love about this Nutcracker, but at the same I was a little disappointed. The lighting and especially the sets look rather dark and grim, for a rather festive story it seemed almost nightmarish. I personally would have preferred brighter and more Christmassy-looking colours, especially in Act 2 which is often magical but too drab here. This was further accentuated by the scene with the mice, which is too menacing and with the tearing and clawing of Clara's dress it was almost like an attempted rape. I guess that's not quite what Nureyev intended, but it just came across this way to me, the mice should be intimidating but I think that was taken to extremes here.

However, I thought the costumes were nice. But it was in the musical and dancing values where the performance really excels. The orchestral playing sparkles with lushness, power and pathos, while the conducting is perfectly judged in tempo, the Trepek and March are efficient in speed and the Pas-De-Deux is alive to nuances. The choreography, apart from with the mice is impeccable, especially the mirroring technique in the Grand Pas-De-Deux that is very effective and very Rudolf Nureyev. I also liked the idea to have the divertissements danced by various people in Clara's life, if it was to show that she was dreaming about them it was a very interesting touch. The dancing is very skilled and danced with emotion. Merle Park handles the difficult choreography with ease with no arm or leg gestures out of place, she is more convincing as a ballerina than as a young girl, but actually I've found that true of most Claras. Rudolf Nureyev is well and truly in his element in his best years, and his Prince is handsome and very masculine, his dancing is done with perfect lines too. I wasn't so sure about his Drosselmeyer though, I thought it would have worked better with somebody older, then again I may be alone in that notion.

Overall, slightly disappointing but marvellously danced and some interesting choreography. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Nutcracker (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?