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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 »

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Cast

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

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Family | Fantasy | Music

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Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$351,633, 30 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$781,727
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Carroll Ballard, the budget was so small that the film had to be shot in only 10 days. See more »

Quotes

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.
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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 »

Connections

Version of The Nutcracker (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71)
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras
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I pity you
16 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I feel great pity for those who have only been able to see this on film, and for the fact that this film is not available on tape or even better DVD. Living only 12 miles from the Seattle Opera House where this particular production is staged each year (to sell out houses) I have seen it both ways. The film has very few effects which don't exist on the stage so when you are seeing the film you are seeing the stage show. As for the story line, this version holds the closest to the original story of any version I have ever seen, and I've seen quite a few. Truly this is a film to be treasured and shared and hopefully the owners of the film will realize this and make it available to the general public once again.


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