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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Details


Director Emile Ardolino's final film brings to the screen George Balanchine's famed ballet of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Balanchine's choreography has been restaged by the New York City Ballet under the direction of Peter Martins and features dancers Darci Kistler and Damian Woetzel as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier. Unfortunately, it also features a smirking and incongruous Macauley Culkin as The Nutcracker. The familiar tale concerns Marie (Jessica Lynn Cohen), a young girl who, at Christmas time, is given a gift of a nutcracker by her godfather, a magician. She also meets his nephew (played by Culkin). When she falls asleep, in her peaceful Christmas Eve dreams, the Nutcracker is transformed into a prince who rescues Marie from a multi-headed Mouse King and takes her on a trip to the Land of Sweets. The film is narrated in hushed tones by Kevin Kline. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 24, 1993


Darci Kistler
as Sugar Plum Fairy
Damian Woetzel
as Her Cavalier
Kyra Nichols
as Dewdrop
Macaulay Culkin
as Nutcracker Prince
Kevin Kline
as Narrator
Heather Watts
as Frau Stahlbaum
Kevin Kline
as Narrator


Emile Ardolino
Robert Hurwitz
Ralf Bode
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer