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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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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

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): 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 »

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 The Nutcracker (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71)
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras
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A fresh, inspiring performance of Tchaikovsky's balletic masterpiece
28 October 2005 | by klbinphxSee all my reviews

PickMePickMe's commentary is almost three years old now, but it isn't too late to completely refute it. What was this reviewer watching? As far as the performers and dancing is concerned, this troupe has been 'fooling' the people of the US Northwest for over twenty years now with the Sendak Nutcracker. Tell it to the annual sold out performances!

As for the production itself, it couldn't be more cinematic without losing its balletic base. The Drosselmeyer toyshop background for the overture, for example, isn't even seen on stage, nor are the soaring views of Clara's living room. I could go on, but I suspect that PMPM is locked into to the wooden performances of the seventies, well represented in the current VHS/DVD world.

The overall production, as far as Nutcrackers go, is a stupendous, breathtaking affair and very accurately implies the dark E.T.A. Hoffmanesque background of the ballet.

The only letdown associated with it is the lack of a DVD, with which everyone's Christmas would surely brighten.


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