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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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
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 Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras See more