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Nutcracker (1982)

R | | Drama, Music | November 1984 (USA)
A Russian ballet dancer defects from the USSR, emigrates to England, and joins a ballet company run by a powerful, wealthy lady (Joan Collins).


Anwar Kawadri

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Collins ... Mme. Laura Carrere
Carol White ... Margaux Lasselle
Paul Nicholas ... Mike McCann
Finola Hughes ... Nadia Gargarin
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Sir Arthur Cartwright
Leslie Ash ... Sharon
Murray Melvin ... Leopold
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Markovitch
Geraldine Gardner Geraldine Gardner ... Markova
Cherry Gillespie Cherry Gillespie ... Mireille
Jane Wellman Jane Wellman ... Grace
Ed Bishop ... Sam Dozier
Jo Warne ... Madame Olga
Martin Burrows Martin Burrows ... Tom
Fran Fullenwider Fran Fullenwider ... Vi


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

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Drama | Music


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Release Date:

November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nutcracker Sweet See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Jershaw See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Joan Collins now refers to the film as "a horrible mistake". See more »


The Nutcracker
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Simon Park (uncredited)
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Joanie dances to a different beat
3 March 2004 | by drella666See all my reviews

Disco was on its deathbed even as Joan Collins boogied in her mules during her 70s comeback (The Stud, The Bitch). So, what new moves could she try as the 80s dawned? Rejecting the idea of leading a troupe of bodypoppers, she simply remade her previous disco films in the ballet milieu. All the crucial elements are there: Joanie playing a tough cookie, lithe young things taking their clothes off, and once-respected character actors (hello, William Franklyn) standing around looking embarrassed.

Kitsch fans will particularly relish the performance of Cherry Gillespie (ex-Pans People, and "Disco Girl" in The Bitch. Or was it the Stud?)

Paul Nicholas is in it, some time after he got his kit off in "Hair", and before his glory days advertising Farah slacks and Rougemont Castle British wine.

Do not watch when sober, it's quite dull in such circumstances.

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