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Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  6 April 1966 (USA)
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The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery," Rasputin. Although not quite historically accurate and little emphasis is put on the politics of the day, Rasputin's rise to ... See full summary »

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Barbara Shelley ...
Sonia
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Dr. Zargo
Francis Matthews ...
Ivan
Suzan Farmer ...
Vanessa
Dinsdale Landen ...
Peter
Renée Asherson ...
Tsarina (as Renee Asherson)
Derek Francis ...
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The Bishop
Robert Duncan ...
Alan Tilvern ...
Patron
John Welsh ...
The Abbot
John Bailey ...
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The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery," Rasputin. Although not quite historically accurate and little emphasis is put on the politics of the day, Rasputin's rise to power and eventual assassination are depicted in an attempt to explain his extraordinary power and influence. Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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Raspoutine, le moine fou  »

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Nicholas Pennell was by error listed in Hammer PR materials as playing the role actually played by Dinsdale Landen See more »

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Ivan has a bloody lip at the end of the film, with no explanation as to its cause. In fact, the injury was the result of an extended fight sequence, which they spent several days filming, but which was eventually cut from the finished film. See more »

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[first lines]
Doctor: No point in me staying here any longer. Keep her warm. If she recovers consciousness, give her a little brandy.
Innkeeper: And if she doesn't, doctor?
Doctor: Send for the priest.
Innkeeper: Oh God.
Doctor: Nothing more I can do.
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Historically inaccurate hokum which Christopher Lee fans will adore!
5 April 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

It goes without saying that Hammer's look at the infamous Rasputin is historically inaccurate and should NOT be watched by anyone looking for a history lesson. But who cares when a movie is this damn entertaining? Hammer vet Christopher Lee has an absolute ball playing the wine-guzzling, womanizing Russian mystic and con-man. This role really lets Lee cut loose from his Dracula persona and he takes full advantage of it, leering, laughing, boozing, even dancing! Christopher Lee fans will absolutely lap this movie up! I wouldn't say it was his best performance, but it's certainly one of his most enjoyable. The cast also includes some familiar faces, and Barbara Shelley ('Village Of The Damned', 'Quatermass and the Pit') is particularly fine, as is Richard Pasco as Zargo, the disgraced alcoholic doctor who Rasputin manipulates for his own ends. I can honestly say I've only seen one of two duds made by Hammer, and this is certainly not one of them. It's a bit of a potboiler I suppose, but a very good one, with strong production values, and overall it's a lot of fun and Lee is magnificent! Recommended to Hammer, and most especially, Christopher Lee fans.


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