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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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Christopher Lee writes history! See more (49 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:
Mary Barclay ... Superior Lady (uncredited)
Michael Cadman ... Michael (uncredited)

Helen Christie ... First Tart (uncredited)
Maxwell Craig ... Bar Patron (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)
Jim O'Brady ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mary Quinn ... Innkeepers Wife (uncredited)
Ernie Rice ... Bartender (uncredited)
Michael Ripper ... Waggoner (voice) (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 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ross MacKenzie .... production manager (as Ross Mackenzie)
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)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe
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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Christopher Lee and Francis Matthews spent several days filming an extended fight sequence for the film's ending. Eventually, much to Matthews's disappointment, most of the scene ended up on the cutting-room floor, leaving his bloody lip in the penultimate shot unexplained.See more »
Factual errors: Although the Russians cross themselves correctly (right to left), the crucifixes and crosses are almost all Western rather than Orthodox, and there is an unbearded priest.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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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Christopher Lee writes history!, 1 April 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

In case you're anxious to find out more about the TRUE story of Rasputin, you better search for some lame books in a library or attend classes given by nearly dead history teachers as accuracy isn't exactly this film's biggest trump! However, if you're hoping to see an exciting and atmospheric adventure, this Hammer highlight is highly recommended! It's one of the rather few movies centering on Russia's most infamous history icon Grigori Rasputin. The story especially focuses on his persona and not exactly on his place in history. Rasputin is a barbaric and womanizing drunkard, but gifted with astonishing healing powers and hypnotizing skills. When the monastery doesn't put up with his vile and aggressive actions any longer, he travels to St. Petersburg where he works himself all the way up into the Tsar-family, through manipulation of servants and innocent women. The film uses good looking set pieces and costumes but, naturally, it wouldn't be half as memorable if it weren't for Christopher Lee. Our legendary horror vet gives away one of the most energetic performances in horror-history and he really does look terrifying! It seemed to me that Lee was happy for not wearing his Dracula outfit for a change and this definitely reflects in his great acting. The tension and eeriness in 'Rasputin: The Mad Monk" entirely relies on Lee's charisma, grimaces and rude voice. The supportive cast is more than decent, with familiar names like Barbara Shelley (Dracula Prince of Darkness, Quartermass and the Pit), Susan Farmer (Die, Monster Die) and Richard Pasco (The Gorgon) as Rasputin's petrified opponents. Don Sharp once again does a solid directing job and I wish to stress again that he's a vastly underrated filmmaker. Sharp has made some really good genre movies that remain undiscovered to this date, like "Dark Places", "Psychomania" and "Kiss of the Vampire".

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