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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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Complete credited cast:
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Barbara Shelley ...
Sonia
Richard Pasco ...
Dr. Zargo
Francis Matthews ...
Ivan
Suzan Farmer ...
Vanessa
Dinsdale Landen ...
Peter
Renée Asherson ...
Tsarina (as Renee Asherson)
Derek Francis ...
Innkeeper
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The Bishop
Robert Duncan ...
Alan Tilvern ...
Patron
John Welsh ...
The Abbot
John Bailey ...
The Physician
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Michael Ripper ...
Waggoner (voice)
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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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Trivia

As a young boy, Christopher Lee actually met the assassins of Rasputin (Prince Yusupoff and Dmitri Pavlovich) before playing Rasputin in the film. He also met Rasputin's daughter, Maria in 1976. She told the actor that Lee had her father's "expression." 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 »

Quotes

[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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Hammer's best pseudo-historic epic
29 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Hammer Film's relatively unambitious adventure in historical exploitation is lifted above the norm by 2 major factors: the genius of set designer Robinson and the fine heavy styles of Chris Lee and Barby Shelley, pros of the genre in every sense. The scene with Rasputin smoking in bed while Shelley cowers in a gathering of blankets is a classic visual statement.

This film tells the story of Rasputin with more of an eye to screen exploitation values than truth (which I think is how it should be, as Plato said that truth is rarely a likely story), including a scarring incident with acid -- what Hammer Film would be complete without facial mutilations? Chris Lee's use of his body and hands is notable; Don Sharp's direction is fine. If only it wasn't quite so cheap, and thus confined (mostly to one or two houses, which is all Bray Studios was), this could have been a really good film. Mediocre script also helps drag it down, but Lee and Shelley's styles are so forceful that it is almost unnoticeable.


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