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Anastasia (1956)

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An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.



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Complete credited cast:
General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine
Boris Adreivich Chernov
Martita Hunt ...
Baroness Elena von Livenbaum
Felix Aylmer ...
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Piotr Ivanovich Petrovin (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Ivan Desny ...
Prince Paul von Haraldberg
Irina Lissemskaia
Grégoire Gromoff ...
Stepan (as Gregoire Gromoff)
Karel Stepanek ...
Mikhail Vlados
Ina De La Haye ...
Marusia (as Ina de la Haye)
Katherine Kath ...


Russian exiles in Paris plot to collect ten million pounds from the Bank of England by grooming a destitute, suicidal girl to pose as heir to the Russian throne. While Bounin is coaching her he comes to believe she is really Anastasia. In the end the Empress must decide her claim. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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From the sensational Broadway stage success that had audiences crying its acclaim! See more »


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Release Date:

13 December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anastasia, la princesa vagabunda  »

Box Office


$3,520,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Anastasia" by Marcelle Maurette (English adaptation by Guy Bolton) opened at the Lyceum Theatre on December 29, 1954, ran for 272 performances and closed on September 24, 1955. See more »


Dowager Empress: We are most of us lonely, and it is mostly of our own making.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 6 January 1957 (1957) See more »

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A great argument for letter boxing
8 July 2000 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie with fabulous performances by Brynner, Bergman, and Hayes. My one complaint is not about the movie, but the videotape. Litvak made a beautiful movie and used every inch of the screen. There are multiple scenes where the three principals are located left, right, and center. With pan-and-scan you can never see more than two of them at a time. This movie deserves to be re-released in its original aspect; better yet, release it on DVD. But go ahead and see it; you will be moved by the story.

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