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The Nutcracker (1993)

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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 »

Director:

Emile Ardolino

Writer:

Susan Cooper (narration)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Family | Fantasy | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$783,721, 28 November 1993

Gross USA:

$2,119,994

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,119,994
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Narration recorded by Kevin Kline was a last-minute addition that was heavily protested by Macaulay Culkin's father, Kit Culkin, who vowed that his son would do no publicity for the movie until the narration was dropped. Reluctantly, producer Arnon Milchan dropped the narration to appease the Culkins. Kit Culkin then returned with a list of other demands which so incensed Milchan that he reinstated Kline's narration, losing the use of the Culkins' publicity. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Version of The Nutcracker (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker: Marie's Dream
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The New York City Ballet Orchestra (with chorus) conducted by David Zinman
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About the music
5 December 2007 | by The_Naked_LibrarianSee all my reviews

As far as I can recall, Balanchine's alterations to Tchaikovsky's score are as follows:

1) The final section of the Grossvatertanz (a traditional tune played at the end of a party) is repeated several times to give the children a last dance before their scene is over.

2) A violin solo, written for but eliminated from Tchaikovsky's score for The Sleeping Beauty, is interpolated between the end of the party scene and the beginning of the transformation scene. Balanchine chose this music because of its melodic relationship to the music for the growing Christmas tree that occurs shortly thereafter.

3) The solo for the Sugar Plum Fairy's cavalier is eliminated.

It seems to me the accusation that Balanchine has somehow desecrated Tchaikovsky's great score is misplaced.


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