A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.


Ashleigh Powell (screen story and screenplay by), E.T.A. Hoffmann (suggested by the short story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mackenzie Foy ... Clara
Tom Sweet ... Fritz
Meera Syal ... Cook
Ellie Bamber ... Louise
Matthew Macfadyen ... Mr. Stahlbaum
Nick Mohammed ... Short Butler
Charles Streeter ... Tall Butler
Morgan Freeman ... Drosselmeyer
Jayden Fowora-Knight ... Phillip
Prince Prince ... Jingles the Horse
Helen Mirren ... Mother Ginger
Omid Djalili ... Cavalier
Jack Whitehall ... Harlequin
Eugenio Derbez ... Hawthorne
Richard E. Grant ... Shiver


All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key, a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman's) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice, and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Dame Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril | See all certifications »

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Filming began in October 2016 in South Kensington and Pinewood Studios in England. See more »


Benjamin Stahlbaum gives his children some presents to open but the eldest, Louise, objects that it's not Christmas Day - so he explains that these came from their mother, who asked to him to do this on Christmas Eve. However, in Victorian London it was Christmas Eve that was the traditional day for sharing family presents. See more »


Drosselmeyer: [to Clara; from trailer] Your mother was the cleverest inventor I ever knew.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Dolittle (2020) See more »


When You Wish Upon A Star
Composed by Leigh Harline
Produced by James Newton Howard
Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Featured Piano Soloist - [Láng Lang]
Lang Lang appears courtesy of Universal Music Limited (Hong Kong)
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Beautiful Entertainment for Children
9 June 2020 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Victorian England, the teenager Clara (Mackenzie Foy) is a young scientist that lives with her older sister Louise (Ellie Bamber), her younger brother Fritz (Tom Sweet) and her widower father Mr. Stahlbaum (Matthew Macfadyen). The family misses their mother and wife Marie Stahlbaum (Anna Madeley), who was also a scientist and has recently passed away. On the Christmas Eve, Mr. Stahlbaum delivers a gift left by Marie for each sibling and Clara receives an egg-shaped locked box without a key to open it. The family goes to the ball promoted by Clara's godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), who is also a man of science, to spend the night and she asks for the key to him. When Mr. Drosselmeyer delivers his gifts for each child he is hosting, Clara crosses the boundary of a world created by her mother, where Clara is a princess, and ruled by the regents of the realms Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets that protect them from Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), who is the tyrant of the Fourth Realm in the beginning of an adventure full of fantasy and betrayal.

"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is a beautiful family entertainment for children. The cinematography and CGI are amazing and will certainly satisfy the target audience. The cast has names such as Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Keira Knightley, but the lead actress Mackenzie Foy is weak. Unfortunately, the story is silly for adults, and the film does not have any heart. Lasse Hallström is a magnificent director, but this movie is bureaucratic and shows no emotion. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Quebra-Nozes e os Quatro Reinos" ("The Nutcracker and the Four Realms")

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Release Date:

2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,352,491, 4 November 2018

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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