During the 16th Century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.
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 <email@example.com>
There are many historical inaccuracies in this film, but neither the film makers nor Robert K. Massie, whose book this title is based upon, can be held responsible for the inaccuracies in regard to characters and events. When Robert K. Massie initially researched materials for his book, the Soviet government was still in power in Russia and would only authorize viewing of those "facts" that had been assumed by people and "approved" by the then ruling government to be examined by researchers of the Romanov family. It was not until the Soviet government fell in 1991 that documents that had been secreted away and which were hidden from the public could be fully examined and researched. See more »
When one of Nicholas' advisers goes to meet with him on his train, he arrives in a 1930 Ford Model A. This scene is set during World War One (1914-1918) See more »
[as Nagorny is to be executed]
I'd like to kill them.
Tsar Nicholas II:
Wait and see. They'll do what's right.
I know him. He's a murderer.
Tsar Nicholas II:
He's a thoughtful man. He'll send Nagorny back to us. He's not a monster. I've never known a heart without some murder in it. I made these men. They are our Russians. I am responsible for what they are. I let them starve. I put them in prisons. And I shot them. If there's hatred in them now, I put it there. But they ARE filled with love. And mercy, too. You must remember that...
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"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 »
2.Nicholas and Alexandra (01:26)
3.The Royal Children (01:23)
4.The Palace (01:00)
5.Sunshine Days (03:21)
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)
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)
19.Dancing in the Snow (01:11)
20.Departure from Tobolsk (01:30)
Soundtrack written by Richard Rodney Bennett. See more »
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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