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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 Bigney Hugh Bigney ... Herr Drosselmeier / The Pasha
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:

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 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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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 IMAX Nutcracker (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71)
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras
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The Perfect Dancers meet the Perfect Production
28 December 2003 | by NativeTexanSee all my reviews

Superior Dancers, fabulous sets by Maurice Sendak, and a better telling through dance and sets than any other Nutcracker ballet I have seen. The ballerinas and danseurs are not only technically superior, they are wonderful actors through their faces as well as their dancing.


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