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A Nutcracker Christmas (2016)

When her niece is cast in The Philadelphia Ballet's production of the Nutcracker, a jaded ex-ballerina is forced to come to terms with the life and love she left behind.


Michael Lembeck


Nicole Avril
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Acker ... Lily
Sascha Radetsky ... Mark
Sophia Lucia Sophia Lucia ... Sadie
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Carol
Kenneth Welsh ... Dimitri
Katherine Barrell ... Beth
Siobhan Murphy ... Jen
Shauna MacDonald ... Sharon
Raven Dauda ... Grace
Geri Hall ... Karen
Tina Pereira Tina Pereira ... Juliette
Brett van Sickle Brett van Sickle ... Darren
Sara Mitich ... Jade
Deborah Grover ... Ms. Hill
Shane Daly Shane Daly ... Martin (Dad)


Rising ballet star takes provincial talent Lily under his wing and they become a happy lover couple, until he agrees she should cancel her first star role due to her sister's tragic accident as her family expects. She resigns and moves back to her home town, as surrogate mother to orphaned niece Sadie, who probes no less gifted at ballet. An audition brings them to Philadelphia, where Mark is now choreographer. Lily still hides her dancing past for the mothers and holds back in reconnecting with Mark, but things have their course, with a star dancer's accident working out for them. Written by KGF Vissers

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Although The Nutcracker is arguably the most famous ballet work in the world and its composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is still considered the greatest ballet composer of all time, Tchaikovsky's name is nowhere to be found in the film's credits or even rates a mention anywhere in the film. However, in the Closed Captions, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is twice identified as "Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker'" and the Russian Dance is identified as "Tchaikovsky's Russian Dance." (However the immediately preceding Spanish Dance is identified as "whimsical music" (Throughout, the closed captioning identification of the music is haphazard and quixotic). See more »

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For fans of dance
19 November 2018 | by bobvonbSee all my reviews

Because our granddaughter is a dancer we have learned quite a bit about the effort and dedication needed to be even a decent dancer and the dancers in this movie are much more than 'decent', they are really good. So on that alone this is worth watching. However, it also had good production values, good dialog, and good acting. This is one we watched on the DVR and did not delete after watching. I'm sure we'll watch it at least once more this season.

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Release Date:

10 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nutcracker See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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16:9 HD
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