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Release Date:
6 April 1966 (USA) See more »
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The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery," Rasputin. Although not quite historically... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Works best as a Christopher Lee vehicle. See more (36 total) »


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Christopher Lee ... Grigori Rasputin
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

Joss Ackland ... The Bishop
Robert Duncan ... Tsarvitch
Alan Tilvern ... Patron
John Welsh ... The Abbot
John Bailey ... The Physician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Ripper ... Waggoner (voice)
Mary Barclay ... Superior Lady (uncredited)
Michael Cadman ... Michael (uncredited)

Helen Christie ... First Tart (uncredited)

Lucy Fleming ... Wide Eyes (uncredited)
Michael Godfrey ... Doctor (uncredited)
Fiona Hartford ... Tania (uncredited)
Prudence Hyman ... Chatty Woman (uncredited)
Bryan Marshall ... Vasily (uncredited)
Bridget McConnell ... Gossip (uncredited)
Jay McGrath ... Dancer (uncredited)
Robert McLennan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ... Waggoner (uncredited)
Veronica Nicholson ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Mary Quinn ... Innkeepers Wife (uncredited)
Robert Rowland ... Bin Man / Bar Drunk (uncredited)
Celia Ryder ... Fat Lady (uncredited)
Cyril Shaps ... Foxy Face (uncredited)
Leslie White ... Cheeky Man (uncredited)
Brian Wilde ... Vassily`s Father (uncredited)
Maggie Wright ... Second Tart (uncredited)
Jeremy Young ... Court Messenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Sharp 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
Original Music by
Don Banks 
Cinematography by
Michael Reed (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roy Hyde 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Burrows (wardrobe)
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ross MacKenzie .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Peter Diamond .... fight arranger (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as Cece Cooney)
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Don Banks .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Lorna Selwyn .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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91 min
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:(Banned) (1966) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (VHS/DVD rating) (uncut) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | West Germany:12

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Filmed back-to-back with Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), using many of the same cast members and sets.See more »
Continuity: During the fight in the barn, Rasputin brings the blade down on his opponent's left arm, just below the elbow, and yet it is the right hand, cut off just above the wrist, that ends up on the floor.See more »
[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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Works best as a Christopher Lee vehicle., 16 February 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

This viewer is not surprised to learn that this Hammer production is far from being an accurate portrayal of the real-life Russian peasant monk. It's to be expected that for the sake of a good show that films such as this will play fast and loose with the facts. However, it must be said that this IS a damn good show. Lee is allowed the chance to really cut loose for once, and he does a marvelous job of going over the top as the lusty, life-of-the-party Rasputin, who has genuine healing abilities but also a very conniving and self-serving nature. After gaining some attention for curing a sick woman, he soon finds a means of manipulating his way into the royal family of early 20th century Czarist Russia. Naturally, there are those who aren't fooled by him and will seek to destroy him once they have the chance. The Hammer studio does an immaculate job, as always, in recreating the sights and sounds of a period piece. Top talents such as production designer Bernard Robinson and (supervising) editor James Needs are at the top of their game. Don Banks composed the very unsubtle, thunderous music score, which does come in handy when Rasputin is required to make an entrance. The excellent cast includes beautiful Barbara Shelley and Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews, Dinsdale Landen, Renee Asherson, Derek Francis, and Joss Ackland; other than Lee, the performer that really stands out is Richard Pasco as Dr. Bruno Zargo, an alcoholic who becomes putty in the hands of the mad Rasputin. Lee himself is a delight, his rich voice booming with authority. He simply commands the screen, and keeps the right insane, evil glint in his eyes at all times. The most entertaining of all the scenes is one in which a furious Landen unthinkingly rushes into a confrontation with Lee only to find himself outmatched. The final battle is an exciting one, with Rasputin proving to be exceedingly difficult to finish off. Overall, this isn't top drawer Hammer, but it's still quite enjoyable, and worth a viewing for fans of the studio and star. Seven out of 10.

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