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Anastasia (1956)

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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General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine
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Boris Adreivich Chernov
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Baroness Elena von Livenbaum
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Chamberlain
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Piotr Ivanovich Petrovin (as Sacha Pitoeff)
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Prince Paul von Haraldberg
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Irina Lissemskaia
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Stepan (as Gregoire Gromoff)
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Mikhail Vlados
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Marusia (as Ina de la Haye)
Katherine Kath ...
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Yul Brynner as the arch-conspirator See more »


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13 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Anastasia, la princesa vagabunda  »

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$3,520,000 (estimated)
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2.55 : 1
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One of the characters mentions the "Mad Monk". He is referring to Grigory Rasputin, the infamous Siberian monk who worked for a time in the royal court as a healer to Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II's son and Anastasia's brother. He was thought to be able somehow to control the prince's hemophilia, and was said to have enormous -- and many said undue -- influence over the Tsarina Alexandra because of it. His controversial life ended with his murder, supposedly by other members of the royal family. See more »

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[last lines]
Boris Adreivich Chernov: Your Majesty, I beg you. They're all waiting down there. What shall we say to them? What can we say to them?
Dowager Empress: [emphatically] Nothing. Paul, your arm. I will speak to them.
Boris Adreivich Chernov: Oh, thank you, your Majesty.
Boris Adreivich Chernov: [calling everyone to attention by clapping] Everybody, please.
Prince Paul von Haraldberg: [the Prince escorting the Dowager Empress down the hallway toward the ballroom full of guests] Forgive me Marie, but what will you say?
Dowager Empress: Say? Oh, I will say, 'The play is over. Go home.'
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Opening credits prologue: PARIS 1928

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Version of Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986) See more »

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13 August 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Critics were too quick to applaud this musty adaptation of Marcelle Maurette's play starring Ingrid Bergman as a rag-woman picked by crafty businessman Yul Brynner to be groomed into Russian royalty Anastasia, a Duchess long though deceased. Helen Hayes is exceptionally good as the cautious Dowager Maria, whom Ingrid must work hard to convince, however Bergman herself (despite winning a Best Actress Oscar for this 'comeback' performance) is mannered, and she has no on-screen rapport with Brynner whatsoever. As a result, the romantic underpinnings of the story do not come off, and the thin plot keeps going after all its pieces have already come into play. The production is appropriately opulent, but the film isn't especially moving or memorable. ** from ****


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