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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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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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

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Arabian Dance is cut from the television production due to running time constraints. This dance is also a running-time casualty in Great Performances: The Hard Nut (1992). 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

Although the original telecast was broadcast in mono only (the year being 1977), the current DVD has been issued in two versions of stereo sound - a 2.0 mix and an optional 5.1 surround mix. The Blu-Ray version has been issued in a Dolby AC-3 Surround mix. All current telecasts of the Baryshnikov "Nutcracker" are now presented with stereo sound. See more »

Connections

Version of Nutcracker on Ice (1998) 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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Unparalleled Choreography
29 November 2015 | by klasikvhsSee all my reviews

They rarely show this on TV anymore, but it is by far the best of them all! Misha is at the height of his airborne talents. and his choreography in the "arabian dance, Russian dance, Chinese dance, etc..." is absolutely unparalleled. it's become an obsession to see it every year at this time. i suppose they never air it on TV anymore is because it's just the best one there is out there and they want you to spend the money and rent it or buy it. but if you're a ballet fan, i'd say buy it. and if you're not a ballet fan... set your DVD and JUST WATCH THE SEQUENCE where the duo's of internationally ethnic dancers perform for Misha and Kelsey. there's a Spanish dance, an arabian dance, a Russian dance, a Chinese dance, a Russian dance and a milliton dance. each performed by a male and female duo.


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