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James Goldman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 December 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Czar 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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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Among the last of the "thinking man's epics" and one of the best. See more (50 total) »

Cast

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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
New Philharmonia Orchestra .... orchestra
 
Other crew
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
David Giles .... dialogue coordinator
John Mollo .... uniform and military advisor
Sam Spiegel .... presenter
Patrick Isherwood .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
183 min | UK:189 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (UK release) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | 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

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Trivia:
The last cinema film of Sir Michael Redgrave.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Rasputin:All saints were sinners once. God loves sinners.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Yankee DoodleSee more »

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75 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Among the last of the "thinking man's epics" and one of the best., 5 October 2002
Author: GulyJimson (GulyJimson@aol.com) from Los Angeles, CA

At the time of it's release in December of 1971, "Nicholas and Alexandra" must have seemed like an anachronistic piece of film-making, especially when compared with fellow Best Picture Nominees, "A Clockwork Orange", "The French Connection" and "The Last Picture Show". Based on a best-selling work of popular history, it was film making on a grand scale, boasting for it's cast a veritable who's who of the English speaking stage, a sweeping love story spanning many years, thrown over thousands of miles, using the conflict of World War I and the Russian Revolution as it's background. It must have seemed to many like the best film David Lean never made. And superficially it does resemble Lean's epic of a few years earlier, "Doctor Zhivago". Indeed three of Lean's close associates, Producer Sam Spiegel, Production Designer John Box, and Cinematographer, Freddie Young all shine in this production. Unfortunately having arrived late in the historical epic film cycle, it was largely dismissed at the time of it's release by critics, but time has revealed it's many virtues.

Produced with lavish care and attention to detail by Sam Spiegel for Horizon Pictures, "Nicholas and Alexandra" is among the last of the great "thinking man's epics" and one of the best. This is due in no small measure to the wonderful screenplay by James Goldman. Goldman, who also scripted "The Lion in Winter" and "Robin and Marian" had a fine ear for dialogue, and "Nicholas and Alexandra" is a pleasure to listen to as well as to behold. Like Robert Bolt's "Lawrence of Arabia", Charles Wood's "Charge of the Light Brigade" and Robert Ardrey's "Khartoum", all fine historical epics, Goldman's "Nicholas and Alexandra" is elevated by an intelligent script laced with fine dialogue. Transposing history onto the screen is never an easy task, but the story of the last years of the Romanov Dynasty is well served by Goldman. He skillfully telescopes events, while still remaining basically true to historic fact. One way or another, all films dealing with history compromise fact for drama. The best of them achieve a balance between the two. Those pedants who quibble over this fact of life, please refer to the historical plays of Shakespeare for it's validation.

Among the film's many pleasures is the high level of acting by an impressive cast. Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman are simply magnificent in the lead roles. It was an uncanny and bold choice using two unknowns to star in a film of this scope, and they have no problems carrying the three hour film. Both create complex, three-dimensional characters, deeply flawed, yet appealing, sympathetic and infuriating. it is the film's unwillingness to portray them as simply victims that gives it tragic grandeur. A special note must be made of Tom Baker's performance as Rasputin. Too often in previous movies film-makers have exploited the sensational events of the man's life and nothing more. This film actually had the courage to downplay those lurid elements, striving instead for complexity of character. Here we have a tortured individual, a charlatan and a monk, lascivious yet craving spiritual redemption. The Imperial Children are also sensitively depicted, with a standout performance by Roderic Noble as the hemophiliac only son, Alexis. The internal angst he brings to the part in his later scenes is impressive. Franklin J. Schaffner's able direction keeps the film moving along, and at no time is there any danger of the film losing focus on the two leads. This was no mean feat considering the powerhouse supporting cast that included, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Harry Andrews, Irene Worth, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, Michael Bryant, Brian Cox, Eric Porter, Timothy West, Peter McEnery, Julian Glover, Roy Dotrice, Maurice Denham, Alan Webb, Guy Rolfe, Steven Berkof and John Wood, all of whom do memorable turns.

In the first half of the movie, the filmmakers vividly bring to life the isolated fairy-tale world the Imperial Family inhabited. The beautiful palaces, and villas provide a striking contrast to the shabby, squalid prison quarters of the film's second half, which deals largely with the Romanov's exile and imprisonment in Siberia. The murder of the Royal Family in the basement of the Ipatiev house, the so called "House of Special Purpose" is one of the most strikingly directed scenes in the film. The brutal suddenness with which it is depicted packs quite a wallop. Filmed in Panavision, the film is gorgeous to look at. John Box's recreation of Imperial Russia at the turn of the century truly deserved it's Academy Award for Best Production Design, as did Yvonne Blake for Best Costume Design. Freddie Young's stunning cinematography and Richard Rodney Bennett's haunting music score were also nominated, though they both lost to other films. Finally it is a beautifully edited film, a marvelous example of invisible editing used to create a subtle, but powerful sense of irony. A superb film that deals intelligently with the problems inherent in transposing history onto film.

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