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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.


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The tragic story of Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia, set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. It is an inside look into the private lives of Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, their daughters, their only son and the painful secret about their son and heir apparent which bound the Imperial Couple to the mystical Rasputin, and the eventual execution of the entire family. Written by Gailene Va. Holley <gvah@lava.net>

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Release Date:

13 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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(70 mm prints) (UK release)| (35 mm prints)


(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Grace Kelly was offered the role of Alexandra but turned it down. See more »


The hairstyles the four girls wear when they are in the basement, is based on the official photographs of 1914. In reality, when the four grand duchesses were imprisoned, they had their heads shaved due to illness. By the time they were killed in July of 1918 their hair had grown to the napes of their necks. See more »


Colonel Kobylinsky: Goodbye.
Tsar Nicholas II: What will you do now?
Colonel Kobylinsky: What can I do? Whatever side I join, I kill Russians. I don't know what to do anymore.
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Crazy Credits

"By courtesy of the National Theatre of G.B." is written underneath Tom Baker and Laurence Olivier's names in the end credits. "By courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company" is written underneath Janet Suzman's name. See more »


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1.Overture (02:19) 2.Nicholas and Alexandra (01:26) 3.The Royal Children (01:23) 4.The Palace (01:00) 5.Sunshine Days (03:21) 6.Alexandra (01:18) 7.The Romanov Tercentenary (00:52) 8.Lenin in Exile (01:21) 9.The Princessess (02:20) 10.The Breakthrough (02:35) 11.The Declaration of War (02:55) 12.Extracte (02:40) 13.The Journey to the Front (01:02) 14.Military March (02:40) 15.Rasputin's Death (01:28) 16.The People Revolt (01:19) 17.Alexandra Alone (01:11) 18.Farewells (02:30) 19.Dancing in the Snow (01:11) 20.Departure from Tobolsk (01:30) 21.Elegy (01:38) 22.Epilogue (01:50)
Soundtrack written by Richard Rodney Bennett.
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11 February 2001 | by (Stone Mountain, GA) – See all my reviews

Nicholas was King George V's cousin and Alexandra was Queen Victoria's granddaughter, so the casting of British actors Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman was a stroke of genius (and they are hardly "unknown" actors, at least in Britain). You actually believe they ARE the couple. Michael Jayston is truly remarkable as Nicholas and even resembles him. The rest of the cast is superb, especially Tom Baker's portrayal as Rasputin . . . marvelous!

The movie sticks pretty much to the facts. Keep in mind, Nicholas was not a bad man, but he didn't want to be Czar. He would have preferred to be a potato farmer. You feel the fear growing as Nicholas and his family slowly withdraw into their own world because of Alexis' Hemophilia. Nichola's stand that "God meant for me to rule" causes him to rarely listen to the good advice of the people around him and not heed the warning that he not go to the front to "take charge." Add to this the rumor of Alexandra being a German spy, Rasputin's death by Prince Yusupov and Grand Duke Dimitry, the loss of thousands of soldiers, the starving Russian people . . . and Nicholas leaves the door wide open for Lenin and his eventual return to power. After he abdicates, he and his family are shuttled around until they end up in Ekaterinburg and "The House of Special Purpose."

This is a great movie. See it if you have a long afternoon with nothing to do, you won't regret it.

BTW, the DVD version adds deleted scenes that sew up some loose ends.

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