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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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Storyline

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 opening narration itself, the only section of the narration included on the 2004 DVD and all current telecasts, has been somewhat altered as well. On the original CBS telecasts, and on the first few PBS telecasts, all the dolls that Drosselmeyer conjures up were identified by the narrator, including the Harlequin, the Ballerina Doll, and the Moor. (This was before the actual Christmas Party scene.) On the remastered DVD, and on current telecasts, the Harlequin, the Moor, and the Ballerina Doll are not actually identified by the narrator; the camera simply pans over them as the music plays. See more »

Connections

Version of Great Performances: The Nutcracker (2001) 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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Always wonderful.
1 September 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

As far as I'm concerned you can hardly see 'The Nutcracker' too many times. Here's your chance to see a couple of the greatest dancers of their time, Mikhail Baryshnikov and camera-shy Gelsey Kirkland, in one of the all-time classics. Plus the music of Tchaikovsky is glorious from beginning to end.


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