In 1920s Vienna, a young girl receives a magical doll on Christmas Eve.

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (screenplay) (as Andrei Konchalovsky), Chris Solimine (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Philipps ... Dr. Freud
Fernanda Dorogi ... Dr. Freud's Niece
Kriszta Dorogi ... Dr. Freud's Niece
Dániel Mogács ... Trolley Bus Orchestra Conductor
Elle Fanning ... Mary
Stuart Hopps ... Butler / The Rat Queen's Servant
Aaron Michael Drozin ... Max
Nathan Lane ... Uncle Albert
Richard E. Grant ... Father
Yuliya Vysotskaya ... Mother / The Snow Fairy (as Yulia Visotskaya)
Frances de la Tour ... Frau Eva / The Rat Queen
Jonny Coyne ... Gnomad (as Jonathan Coyne)
Shirley Henderson ... The Nutcracker (voice)
Peter Elliott ... Gielgud
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Gielgud
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Storyline

1920s Vienna. Nine-year-old Mary lives in a home filled with lovely things and loneliness. Bothered by bratty brother Max and neglected by well intentioned, but distracted, parents, she yearns for companionship and adventure. On Christmas Eve, Mary's beloved Uncle Albert arrives with the gift of a wooden nutcracker doll. Later that night, Mary's imagination brings the doll to life. Introducing himself as "NC," he takes her on a wondrous journey through a stunning dimension where toys assume human form and everything appears ten times larger. But danger lurks. An army of toothy rat creatures, led by the flamboyant Rat King and his devious mother, has unleashed a plot to overthrow humanity. When NC is captured and placed under a paralytic spell, Mary, Max and a spirited band of toy sidekicks must rescue him from the Rat King's clutches and thwart his wicked plans to 'ratify' the world. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, scary images, action and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the scene where Mary first meets Sticks, Tinker, and Gielgud, when they are all downstairs of the dollhouse and Sticks appears to be spinning a drumstick with his fingers, he actually is not spinning it. He is just turning his hand so that it looks like the drumstick is spinning. See more »

Goofs

As Uncle Albert sings the song about the pebble to Father and Mother in the study and the camera moves back and forth the ink smudge on Father's right ring finger changes in size and colour. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Albert: Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
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Connections

Version of The Nutcracker (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Begins Again
Written by Tim Rice
Music adapted from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Charlie Rowe and chorus
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Awful.
4 December 2011 | by mumandkidsSee all my reviews

Even the kids hated it. At end daughter asked if we could put it in the rubbish. I wanted to stop watching by halfway.

Holocaust themes, dark and violent for younger children, and lots of rat teeth.

To be fair, make-up and costumes were alright plus Elle Fanning is gorgeous and a talented actress but even as the main redeeming feature she was unable to support this holocaust-themed bastardisation of a ballet. Tim Rice may be good at lyrics but the breaks into song were un-natural and whole thing forced, boring and dreary. Composers would be turning in their graves. I truly hope I never watch this again!


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Details

Country:

UK | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2011 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nutcracker: The Untold Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,944, 28 November 2010

Gross USA:

$195,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,177,993
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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