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.
A magnificent Christmas spectacular
Did You Know?
According to director Carroll Ballard
, the budget was so small that the film had to be shot in only 10 days. See more
Adult Clara (narrator)
Dreams are strangely familiar places. They are not all make-believe, but only the homely inside of yourself, like the inner lining of your favorite coat, or like the sweet kernel of the hardest nut that only the jaws of my Nutcracker Prince could reveal to me.
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
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
Version of The IMAX Nutcracker
Duet of Daphnis and Chloe
from the opera "Pique Dame"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Robert Noble, Sarah Walker, and Cathryn Pope See more
26 November 1986 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker
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Opening Weekend USA: $351,633,
30 November 1986
Gross USA: $781,727
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $781,727
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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