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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

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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 <>

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



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Audrey Hepburn was considered to play Alexandra. See more »


Rasputin continuously mispronounces Matushka (little mother) when addressing Alexandra. The accent is on the first syllable. See more »


[after the assassination attempt on Count Stolypin]
Tsar Nicholas II: He's a good man. They always kill good men. The ones who've helped them most. They killed my grandfather. He freed the serfs, you know, he helped them. So they threw a bomb. Stolypin's a good man.
[feels in his pocket]
Tsar Nicholas II: I can't find a match.
Vice Premier Kokovstov: They've found the man who did it.
Tsar Nicholas II: Man?
Vice Premier Kokovstov: Some sort of revolutionary.
Tsar Nicholas II: Damn them all. You help them, and they kill you for it. Give them Dumas, and they give you bombs. I want them paid in kind. Do you understand...
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Wiegenlied (Cradle Song) Op.49, No.4
Music by Johannes Brahms
Words from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Sung by Alexandra
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I do not understand the reservations
4 August 2002 | by (Bamberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

It may have something to do with the fact that I was at Princeton at the same time as the screenwriter's hemophiliac son, but everyone seems to be falling over themselves in finding fault with this nearly perfect movie. Tom Baker didn't "fade into obscurity," he became the most famous Doctor Who. The principals are exemplary and totally true to every historic account I've read. One commentator mentions inanely that Nikolaus was a cousin of King George while Alexandra was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Excuse me folks, we all know that. It makes them first cousins, which is one of the reasons the heir to all the Russias had a deadly hereditary disease. (Nikolaus, George V, and Kaiser Wilhelm were all first cousins.) This movie knocks one out with its combination of costume drama and realism. I don't make ten favorites lists but if I did it might be there. An absolute must see, over and over again.

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