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Nicholas and Alexandra -- The fall of the last Russian czar is the subject of this lavish, Oscar(r)-winning epic.


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13 December 1971 (USA) See more »
Tsar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 11 nominations See more »
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Michael Jayston ... Nicholas

Janet Suzman ... Alexandra
Roderic Noble ... Alexis
Ania Marson ... Olga

Lynne Frederick ... Tatiana
Candace Glendenning ... Marie
Fiona Fullerton ... Anastasia

Harry Andrews ... Grand Duke Nicholas (Nikolasha)
Irene Worth ... The Queen Mother Marie Fedorovna

Tom Baker ... Rasputin

Jack Hawkins ... Count Fredericks

Timothy West ... Dr. Botkin
Katherine Schofield ... Tegleva
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Gilliard
John Hallam ... Nagorny

Guy Rolfe ... Dr. Fedorov

John Wood ... Col. Kobylinsky

Laurence Olivier ... Count Witte
Eric Porter ... Stolypin

Michael Redgrave ... Sazonov
Maurice Denham ... Kokovtsov
Ralph Truman ... Rodzianko
Gordon Gostelow ... Guchkov

John McEnery ... Kerensky
Michael Bryant ... Lenin
Vivian Pickles ... Mme. Krupskaya

Brian Cox ... Trotsky
James Hazeldine ... Stalin

Stephen Greif ... Martov

Steven Berkoff ... Pankratov

Ian Holm ... Yakovlev
Alan Webb ... Yurovsky
Leon Lissek ... Avadeyev
David Giles ... Goloshchekin

Roy Dotrice ... General Alexeiev

Martin Potter ... Prince Yussoupov
Richard Warwick ... Grand Duke Dimitry

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Dr. Lazovert

Alexander Knox ... The American Ambassador
Ralph Neville ... The British Ambassador
George Rigaud ... The French Ambassador (as Jorge Rigaud)

Curd Jürgens ... The German Consul (as Curt Jurgens)

Julian Glover ... Gapon

John Shrapnel ... Petya

Diana Quick ... Sonya
John Forbes-Robertson ... Col. Voikov
Alan Dalton ... Flautist
David Baxter ... Young Bolshevik
Penny Sugg ... Young Opera Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robin Askwith ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Barta Barri ... (uncredited)
Frank Braña ... (uncredited)

Jeremy Brett ... (uncredited)
Don Jaime de Mora y Aragón ... Minister Reporting to Grand Duke Nicholas (uncredited)

Directed by
Franklin J. Schaffner 
Writing credits
Edward Bond (additional dialogue)

James Goldman (screenplay)

Robert K. Massie  book

Produced by
Andrew Donally .... associate producer
Franklin J. Schaffner .... producer (as Franklin · J · Schaffner)
Sam Spiegel .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Production Design by
John Box 
Art Direction by
Ernest Archer 
Jack Maxsted 
Gil Parrondo 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
A.G. Scott .... hair stylist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Paquita Trench .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Luis Roberts .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Box .... second unit director
José López Rodero .... assistant director (as Jose Lopez Rodero)
Miguel Gil .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
Eddie Fowlie .... property master
Robert W. Laing .... assistant art director (as Bob Laing)
Alan Roderick-Jones .... assistant art director
Gus Walker .... construction manager (as Angus Walker)
Benjamín Fernández .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
George Stephenson .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Eddie Fowlie .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Manuel Berenguer .... cameraman: second unit
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Antonio Castillo .... costumes: Alexandra & Marie Fedorovna
Anthony Powell .... costumes: second unit
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor
Christopher Gunning .... additional music: Arranged and conducted by
The Philharmonia Orchestra .... orchestra (as New Philharmonia Orchestra)
Other crew
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
David Giles .... dialogue coordinator
John Mollo .... uniform and military advisor
Sam Spiegel .... presenter
Patrick Isherwood .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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183 min | UK:189 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (UK release) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Argentina:13 | Chile:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Grace Kelly was offered the role of Alexandra but turned it down.See more »
Factual errors: The near-ending scene where the family is laughing about unflattering photos taken of them and reading letters from their relatives, friends and teachers has Nicholas saying "in a 'month or two'" as when "Mama" (Nicholas'; the Queen Mother) would be off to England in. Actually, Marie Feodorovna didn't go to England until 1919, the year after the family's July 1918 deaths.See more »
[after Nagorny saves Alexei from falling off a rock he was climbing]
Tsarevich Alexei:It's all right, Nagorny. You'll always save me.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating look at Czarist Russia during the Revolution..., 7 November 2009
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

This lavish version of NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA will especially appeal to anyone who is fascinated by their legendary story and the bitter fate which awaited the family of Nicholas Romanov. One of his daughters was Anastasia. Her story, too, has been told in films and books.

JANET SUZMAN is excellent as the woman who turns for comfort and hope to a madman, Rasputin, while her ineffective husband is unable to convince her that he is a charlatan. MICHAEL JAYSTON is effective as Nicholas, inhabiting the role so completely that you feel he is the man himself. TOM BAKER, who bears a striking resemblance to the real Rasputin, is also up to the demands of his role.

There's a vast canvas of historical background filmed in splendid Technicolor with obviously no expense spared in all the costuming and production design details. The only real drawback is a lack of pacing in several key dramatic scenes, especially toward the end when the family's execution turns into an endless wait for the assassins to enter the room. Many scenes could have been more tightly edited to reduce the running time of over three hours.

The supporting cast includes famous names like LAURENCE OLIVIER and MICHAEL REDGRAVE in what amount to bit roles. The daughters have little to do but the hemophiliac son, Alexis, is played with great sensitivity by RODERIC NOBLE.

The realization that she is responsible for carrying the genes that gave her son his condition, is what torments Alexandra and leads to her unwise decision to take counsel from Rasputin.

Dramatically, the film suffers from the slow pacing--but the story itself is so compelling that it makes up for this deficiency by providing scenes of epic grandeur and stunning cinematography.

It fully deserved its Oscars for Best Art Direction and Costume Design. It was nominated for several other Oscars but Janet Suzman lost to Jane Fonda of KLUTE and the Best Picture award went to THE FRENCH CONNECTION.

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