The Nutcracker

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Marie (Cohen) falls asleep after a party at her home and dreams herself (or does she?) into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her beloved Nutcracker (Culkin) comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King, then is turned into a Prince after Marie saves his life.
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Music
Director(s): Emile Ardolino
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

This is the Stahlbaum's house.

These are their children,

Marie and Fritz.

It was Christmas Eve...

...when there was always

a big family party.

The children had been waiting

and waiting for the guests to arrive.

The house was full of rich,

wonderful smells...

...of baking and chocolate

and peppermint sticks.


Something was happening...

...behind the living room door.

The tree!

Here they all came,

the Christmas guests...

...uncles, aunts and cousins,

all splendidly dressed for the party.

Here they came...

...for the happiest night of the year.

It was such a tree, and surrounded

by the most tantalizing presents.

But first, it was time

for the games to begin...

...and the Christmas dancing.

But what was this?

Who was this?

A strange man...

...with three huge boxes...

...and a boy.

Then Marie knew.

It was her godfather, Drosselmeier.

Magical things always happened

when he came to the house.

It was her godfather

Drosselmeier's nephew.

She'd never met him before.



After Godfather Drosselmeier put his magical

dancing dolls back in their boxes...

...he brought out toys for the children.

A hobby horse...

...for Marie.

Well, maybe not.

But look, here's something better.

A soldier...

...with a strong jaw.

He's a nutcracker!

Who shall have him?

Marie slept that Christmas Eve.

And she dreamed of

Godfather Drosselmeier...

...and his very special nephew.

She dreamed of her own

dear nutcracker...

...and his sad fate.

He was down there alone

in the living room, in the dark.

All on his own.

Magical things always happened...

...when Godfather Drosselmeier

came to the house.

In the snowy forest... the enchanted land to which

Marie and her prince had come...

...the snowflakes danced.

News of the prince and Marie...

...was brought to the land

of the Sugarplum Fairy... the Christmas tree angels.

One by one...

...the Sugarplum Fairy brought in

all the delights of her land.

Hot Chocolate from Spain.

Coffee from Arabia.

Chinese Tea.

The Candy Canes.

Marzipan and her shepherd girls.

The little Polichinelles... dolls.


...and her garlands of flowers.

The Sugarplum Fairy welcomed them...

...and asked the prince to tell

of his adventures as the nutcracker.

A wonderful throne and banquet were

brought in for Marie and the prince...

...and the Sugarplum Fairy

announced that in their honor...

...everyone in turn would dance.

Into the great room, the Sugarplum

Fairy came with her cavalier... dance for Marie and her prince.

Marie knew that it was time

to leave the enchanted land...

...though everything she had seen,

like a wonderful dream...

...would stay with her...


And her nutcracker prince

would go with her...

...on this magical Christmas Eve.

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Susan Cooper

Susan Mary Cooper (born 23 May 1935) is an English author of children's books. She is best known for The Dark Is Rising, a contemporary fantasy series set in England and Wales, which incorporates British mythology, such as the Arthurian legends, and Welsh folk heroes. For that work, in 2012 she won the lifetime Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association, recognizing her contribution to writing for teens. In the 1970s two of the five novels were named the year's best English-language book with an "authentic Welsh background" by the Welsh Books Council. more…

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