The Secret of the Nutcracker

DVD Release: October 20, 2009
The Secret of the Nutcracker


An enchanting new spin on the classic tale

Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic novel, The Secret of the Nutcracker features the talents of Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Water Horse) as Drosselmeyer and introduces Janelle Jorde as Clara in a charming union of fantasy and reality that captures the true essence of Christmas.

This delightful holiday tale follows 12-year-old Clara’s mystical journey on Christmas Eve to find her father, who is captive in a World War II Prisoner of War camp. Worried and longing to see her father, she receives unexpected help from the mysterious Drosselmeyer, who befriends Clara and brings her the gift of magic and hope when she needs it most.

The Secret of the Nutcracker features the soaring music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Four exquisite dance spectacles by the world-renowned Alberta Ballet are woven throughout to create Clara’s wondrous dream world.

Dove Review

The Nut Cracker has been a classic for generations at Christmas time, and here is the story of a magical journey of a young Clara. Set in the World War 2 era the viewer follows Clara and her family as they prepare for the Christmas holiday. With the help of her new friend, Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara experiences the joy and sadness of war, her missing father and the importance of believing in her dreams.

This is a magical tale that is accompanied by classical music and gracious ballet dancers as the story is charmingly laid out before you. With lessons of believing in your dreams, that you are never alone and a reminder of the presence of love, this is a wonderful addition to your Christmas movie collection. At times there are some scenes that may be scary for younger children but it is a classic for all times. We award the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this family DVD for ages 12 and over.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple kiss.
Language: H-2, Thank God in reverence; Name calling such as "stupid" and "dummy".
Violence: WW II scenes; soldiers in a prisoner of war camp; scary Bear like monsters in Nazi uniforms chasing young girl and family in dream.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Fantasy magic.


Company: BFS Ent. and Multimedia
Writer: John Nurrell
Director: Eric Till
Genre: Christmas
Runtime: 87 min.
Starring: Brian Cox, Janelle Jordem Helene Joy, Tom Carey, Brendon Meyer, Ryan Grantham, Ricardo Hoyos
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe