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
26 November 1986 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture
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Opening Weekend USA: $351,633,
30 November 1986, Limited Release
Gross USA: $781,727
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Aspect Ratio: 2.20 : 1
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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
Version of The Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras See more