On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Marie (Cohen) falls asleep after a party at her home and dreams herself (or does she?) into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her ... See full summary »


Emile Ardolino


Susan Cooper (narration)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Darci Kistler ... The Sugarplum Fairy
Damian Woetzel Damian Woetzel ... The Sugarplum Fairy's Cavalier
Kyra Nichols ... Dewdrop
Wendy Whelan ... Coffee
Margaret Tracey ... Marzipan
Gen Horiuchi ... Tea
Tom Gold ... Candy Cane
Lourdes López Lourdes López ... Hot Chocolate
Nilas Martins Nilas Martins ... Hot Chocolate
William Otto ... Mother Ginger
Peter Reznick ... Fritz
Karin von Aroldingen Karin von Aroldingen ... Grandparent
Edward Bigelow Edward Bigelow ... Grandparent
Heather Watts Heather Watts ... Frau Stahlbaum
Robert LaFosse Robert LaFosse ... Dr. Stahlbaum


On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Marie (Cohen) falls asleep after a party at her home and dreams herself (or does she?) into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her beloved Nutcracker (Culkin) comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King, then is turned into a Prince after Marie saves his life. Written by Anonymous

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The joy of the New York City Ballet in an exciting family holiday motion picture.


Family | Fantasy | Music


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[first lines]
Narrator: This is the Stahlbaums' house. These are their children, Marie and Fritz. It was Christmas Eve, when there was always a big family party. The children had been waiting and waiting for their guests to arrive. The house was full of rich, wonderful smells of baking, chocolate, and peppermint sticks.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Macaulay Culkin is listed as playing Drosselmeier's nephew, but he is not listed as playing either The Nutcracker or The Prince. See more »


Version of The Nutcracker: The Untold Story (2010) See more »


The Nutcracker: Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier Coda
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The New York City Ballet Orchestra (with chorus) conducted by David Zinman
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Beautiful, despite Culkin casting
28 January 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

I'm not a ballet expert, but I love this production. It's interesting to dissect because there are two camps for this very famous 110 year-old ballet: those who like it as a children's story and those who like it as an adult's. It's been staged both ways in the past as others have already mentioned. This version allows the kids to be front and center, but it has some stellar, sophisticated moments in it as well: the Act 1 finale dance of the snowflakes is a stellar moment of beauty and style, with its ice-blue lighting and costuming and multi-racial Corps De ballet. In Act 2, there's no contest: amongst the innocent dances of the sweets, 'Arabian Coffee' soloist Wendy Whelan sexily attacks the stage in cat-like fashion. The pink-and-purple lighting and floating cinematography and the dancer's serpent-like movements do not resemble any other moment in this already polished film, and one can't help but think that director Emile Ardolino deliberately planned it that way. (It's like watching Ann Reinking or Carol Haney on the Broadway stage.) As far as the smirking Macaulay Culkin is concerned, his presence didn't bother me since he was the right age at the time of filming (and did have some ballet background) and frankly, he smirks in most films he's in. What're you gonna do?

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Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$783,721, 28 November 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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