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The Nutcracker (1977)

The television adaptation of the Baryshnikov production.

Director:

Tony Charmoli

Writer:

Yanna Kroyt Brandt (narration)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Nutcracker / Prince
Gelsey Kirkland ... Clara
Alexander Minz ... Drosselmeyer
Gayle Young Gayle Young ... Mr. Stahlbaum
Sallie Wilson Sallie Wilson ... Mrs. Stahlbaum
Warren Conover Warren Conover ... Fritz - Clara's Brother / Shepherd Dancer
Rebecca Wright Rebecca Wright ... Doll
George De La Pena ... The Moor / Russian Dance
Marcos Paredes ... The Mouse King / Drunken Christmas Party Guest
Cynthia Harvey Cynthia Harvey ... Snowflake Soloist
Jolinda Menendez Jolinda Menendez ... Snowflake Soloist / Spanish Dance
Rodney Gustafson Rodney Gustafson ... Court Buffoon
Charles Maple Charles Maple ... Court Buffoon
Eric Nesbitt Eric Nesbitt ... Court Buffoon
Gregory Osborne Gregory Osborne ... Court Buffoon / Harlequin
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The television adaptation of the Baryshnikov production.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This Friday, [December 16, 1977] join Mikhail Baryshnikov in the realm of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and sheer magical entertainment. (poster for original telecast)

Genres:

Fantasy | Music | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nutcracker See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jodav Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (original telecast)| Stereo (recent telecasts)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Once credited as having been first telecast on New Year's Day 1977, this was in fact telecast during the Christmas season of that year. This is why it was eligible for Emmys in 1978, rather than 1977. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[offscreen]
Narrator: It is Christmas Eve. In just a few hours, the clock will chime midnight - a time of magic, and of dreams.
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Crazy Credits

Marcos Paredes, who dances both the roles of The Mouse King and the drunken guest at the Christmas party, does not receive any screen credit for playing the drunken guest. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original CBS broadcast presentation of this production featured more narration than the later television broadcasts of it. In the original 1977 version, as the mice appear in their tuxedos, the narrator explains that, in Clara's imagination, they represent the adults at the Christmas party, and in Act II, just before the series of dances at the Kingdom of Sweets, the narrator mentions that Clara "must touch each couple to bring them to life". In the PBS version, all mention of the mice representing the adults was removed, but the narrator still commented that Clara had to bring the couples to life. On the current DVD, and on all PBS telecasts now, all narration stops after the opening scene. The narration was removed without having to cut any of the music or the dancing; both have always remained intact in all of the versions of this "Nutcracker". See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast with the Arts: The Nutcracker (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker
(ballet)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn, with the boys of the Desborough School Chorus, conducted by Roger Durston
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A Lost Childhood Memory!!!! :o(
9 December 1999 | by jewel0911See all my reviews

The Nutcracker was shown on PBS for years...and I loved it. When it first came out I was 9 years old, and now I am 31. I thought this rendition of the Nutcracker was the most excellent piece that I have ever seen. I have seen other Nutcracker ballets, but nobody can touch this classic. Nobody can beat the pairing gracefulness and power of Mikhail Baryshnikov portraying the Nutcracker Prince and Gelsey Kirkland portraying Clara. After seeing this for the first time I wanted to become a ballerina. The ballet crew, music, and props were outstanding. You got very caught up in the story. I was very upset when PBS didn't show this anymore. It was a tradition every year for me and my family to watch. >


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