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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 ...
Maxime
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Storyline

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


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13 December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anastasia, la princesa vagabunda  »

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$3,520,000 (estimated)
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In reality, Anna Anderson never met the Dowager Empress, Czarina Maria Fyodorovna. The Empress believed that her son and his family had survived and were still in Russia. Grand Duchess Olga, the younger daughter of Maria Fyodorovna, did meet Anna Anderson while the latter was convalescing in a sanitarium and visited her a few more times before making the determination that something was not right with the ailing woman's claims. The Grand Duchesses Olga and Xenia did not wish to upset the aged Empress and it is not known if they mentioned Anderson to her at all. The Dowager Empress remained in Denmark until her death in 1928. In 2006 her remains were transferred to St. Petersburg, where she was laid to rest beside her husband, Czar Aleksandr III. See more »

Quotes

Anastasia: The poor have only one advantage; they know when they are loved for themselves.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: PARIS 1928

RUSSIAN EASTER See more »

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Eine kleine Nachtmusik: Serenade Nr. 13 for strings in G major, KV 525
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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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