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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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Storyline

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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...is the story of the love that changed the world forever!


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13 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Nicolás y Alejandra  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints) (UK release)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The execution scene proved to be emotionally taxing for Candace Glendenning (Marie). Glendenning claimed that she had gotten so "caught up in the story" and drew a close bond with the cast, that she had felt they were all a real family. During the execution scene Glendenning broke down in tears on the set, and had to be taken backstage to be given a cup of tea to settle down, before she could return to film again. See more »

Goofs

When Yakovlev (Ian Holm) is helping the royal family to escape he has a conversation with Nicholas (Michael Jayston) at the back of the train in which he states "You only know how many soldiers died because someone counted them for you. Seven Million!" In fact there were less than two million Russian soldiers killed during WWI. See more »

Quotes

Tsarevich Alexei: Why did you abdicate for me? You never asked!
Tsar Nicholas II: I didn't want you to pay for my mistakes.
Tsarevich Alexei: Am I not paying for them now? Aren't we all?
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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 »

Connections

Version of Rasputin (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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