The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as possible to the original story. A lavish, exciting and heart-warming celebration of dance, of music, and of life. Based upon the Pacific Northwest Ballet's original production.
A magnificent Christmas spectacular
26 November 1986 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker
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Opening Weekend USA: $351,633,
30 November 1986
Gross USA: $781,727
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $781,727
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Aspect Ratio: 2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?
According to director Carroll Ballard
, the budget was so small that the film had to be shot in only 10 days. See more
Adult Clara (narrator)
In the language of this dream, in that palace of delight, we spoke with our whole selves... And my tall Nutcracker Cavalier had eyes only for me, for at least as long as that dream could be.
Wade Walthall is listed in the credits as playing the Nutcracker, when in fact he plays the Nutcracker Prince. The Nutcracker himself is billed in the credits as "Fighting Nutcracker", and is played by Jacob Rice. See more
Current (2009) prints of the film feature the MGM roaring lion logo at the beginning. This is because MGM now owns the Atlantic Pictures library. See more
Version of The Nuttiest Nutcracker
Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras See more