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Nutcracker (1986)

The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as ... See full summary »

Director:

Carroll Ballard

Writers:

Kent Stowell (conceived by), Maurice Sendak (conceived by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Duncan Bigney Mitchell Hugh Duncan Bigney Mitchell ... Herr Drosselmeier / The Pasha (as Hugh Bigney)
Vanessa Sharp Vanessa Sharp ... Young Clara
Patricia Barker Patricia Barker ... Dream Clara / Ballerina Doll
Wade Walthall Wade Walthall ... Nutcracker Prince
Maia Rosal Maia Rosal ... Mrs. Stahlbaum / Peacock
Carey Homme Carey Homme ... Mr. Stahlbaum / Moor
Russell Burnett Russell Burnett ... Fritz
Jacob Rice Jacob Rice ... Fighting Nutcracker / Dervish
Martha Boyle Martha Boyle ... Adult at the Party / Snowflake / Waltz of the Flowers
Laura Schwenk Laura Schwenk ... Adult at the Party / Snowflake / Moor / Waltz of the Flowers
Benjamin Houk Benjamin Houk ... Adult at the Party / Mouse Captain / Dervish
Beatrice Bassett Beatrice Bassett ... Adult at the Party / Grandparent
Ann Renhard Ann Renhard ... Adult at the Party / Snowflake / Waltz of the Flowers
Dianne Brace Dianne Brace ... Adult at the Party / Snowflake / Moor / Waltz of the Flowers
Christian Cederlund Christian Cederlund ... Adult at the Party / Moor
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Storyline

The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as possible to the original story. A lavish, exciting and heart-warming celebration of dance, of music, and of life. Based upon the Pacific Northwest Ballet's original production. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

A magnificent Christmas spectacular

Genres:

Family | Fantasy | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$351,633, 30 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$781,727
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Maurice Sendak includes a homage to his favorite composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During Clara's dream, as the furniture around her seems to grow, we see an enormous bust of Mozart peering down at her. See more »

Quotes

Adult Clara (narrator): [opening lines] Christmas long ago was the memory of a dream that seemed never to end. But somewhere in the middle of that dream, I always did wake up, just in time to attend the Christmas party.
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Crazy Credits

Wade Walthall is listed in the credits as playing the Nutcracker, when in fact he plays the Nutcracker Prince. The Nutcracker himself is billed in the credits as "Fighting Nutcracker", and is played by Jacob Rice. See more »

Alternate Versions

Current (2009) prints of the film feature the MGM roaring lion logo at the beginning. This is because MGM now owns the Atlantic Pictures library. See more »

Connections

Version of Dziadek do orzechów (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71)
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras
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A classic
30 November 1999 | by sspisakSee all my reviews

This is easily the best adaptation of The Nutcracker I've seen, on stage or film. Ballard is a great director who adapts his skills to the material. The images really flow, and the Maurice Sendak designs are at once graceful and funny and slightly malevolent (giving the material the edge it needs to avoid candyland preciousness). The critics (Ebert, Maltin, et al) really missed the boat on this one. Most of them criticized the fact that Ballard edits into the dancing. But he edits superbly, highlighting the movements that should be highlighted, at precisely the right moment. There's never a cut or a camera move that feels out of place. It's a classic--sadly neglected now (not even available on video).


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