The Nutcracker in 3D

December 23rd, 2010


The Nutcracker in 3D

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Set in 1920's Vienna, this a tale of a little girl, whose godfather gives her a special doll one Christmas Eve.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 4.3/10 (1,117 voted)

Critic's Score: 18/100

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy

Stars: Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, John Turturro

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.

Writers: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Chris Solimine

Elle Fanning - Mary
Nathan Lane - Uncle Albert
John Turturro - The Rat King
Frances de la Tour - The Rat Queen / Frau Eva
Richard E. Grant - Father
Yuliya Vysotskaya - Mother / The Snow Fairy (as Yulia Visotskaya)
Shirley Henderson - The Nutcracker (voice)
Aaron Michael Drozin - Max
Charlie Rowe - The Prince
Peter Elliott - Gielgud
Daniel Peacock - Gielgud
Alan Cox - Gielgud's Voice
Hugh Sachs - Tinker
Africa Nile - Sticks
Jonny Coyne - Gnomad (as Jonathan Coyne)


Official Website: Freestyle Releasing [United States] | Official site |

Release Date: 23 December 2010

Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary

Box Office Details

Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $65,894 (USA) (28 November 2010) (45 Screens)

Gross: $190,562 (USA) (12 December 2010)

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Did You Know?

The music for the songs in this film is adapted from the works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who composed the music for the ballet "The Nutcracker".

Continuity: 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.

User Review

Excellent Christmas fare for children

Rating: 10/10

Entertaining film for children. I will not allow political prejudices to cloud my feelings about this film. The principal characters and their dialogue is easy to follow for children, costumes are colorful and location/scenery is pleasant. All pluses for children. If you are looking for period ballet sequences, you should not view. Again, this film is most agreeable to children - all my grandchildren enjoyed this film, and have asked to view it more than once. My only regret is that I should have waited until December to allow the young ones to view this Christmas theme.

Don't allow the distraction of others with political agendas to influence your decision to allow children to enjoy this excellent work.


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