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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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Writers:
Robert K. Massie (book)
Edward Bond (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
13 December 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The sadly forgotten epic See more (55 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 Dmitry

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
Robert K. Massie (book)

Edward Bond (additional dialogue)

James Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Andrew Donally .... associate producer
Sam Spiegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography)
 
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 .... hairdresser
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)
Peter Melrose .... scenic artist (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 .... second unit cameraman
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
 
Other crew
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
David Giles .... dialogue co-ordinator
John Mollo .... uniform and military adviser
Sam Spiegel .... presenter
Patrick Isherwood .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
183 min | UK:189 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (UK release) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:NRC | 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) (1992) (2002) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #22875) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
John Wood (Colonel Kobylinsky) later played Ptoyr Stolypin in Rasputin (1996) (TV), which depicted many of the same events.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At the 1907 Fifth Party Congress in London, James Hazeldine's character introduces himself to Lenin for the first time using the name 'Stalin'. Not only had they met before, but the name 'Stalin' wasn't adopted until 1912.See more »
Quotes:
Tsarevich Alexei:Alexei, Alexei, mustn't run and mustn't play, mustn't jump and mustn't climb, must be careful all the time.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wiegenlied (Cradle Song) Op.49, No.4See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The sadly forgotten epic, 5 October 2013
Author: clarne from Norway

"Nicholas and Alexandra" is one of the last of the grand, sweeping epics that dominated the box office in the 50's and 60's. With the new wave of young, reckless directors who took to the scene in the 70's this kind of filmmaking seemed strangely dated. Ironically enough it kind of mimics the fate of the Romanov family, holding on to ideals that can no longer protect them. The genre, which had started with aplomb with movies like "Gone With The Wind" didn't draw the numbers it used to, and after seeing this movie I can't help but think of what a shame that is.

The movie is off to a slow start, and doesn't really grab the viewer until after the introduction of Rasputin. From there on in it's pure cinematic joy to witness the fate of the Tzar and his family unravel.

The actors do a tremendous job. It's obvious that the producers wanted their actors to look as much like their characters as possible, and while this doesn't necessarily strengthen the movie by itself it clearly gives it a stronger feel of authenticity. Furthermore they perfectly embody their flawed characters. The czar, beautifully played by Michael Jayston is a warm, caring man who unfortunately is totally unfit to be a czar. He is out of touch with his people, and feebly clings to his autocratic power. Jayston manages to portray an almost absurd certainty in his divine right, and ability to rule while at the same time exposing his uncertainty and fright. Janet Suzman is equally impressive as the loving, but domineering Alexandra.

The look and feel of the movie is also fantastic. The jaw-dropping visuals of Russia perfectly accommodates the story, and the music is wonderful all the way through. The pace is slow, and it's easy to see why critics who had just witnessed the exhilarating pace of movies like "A Clockwork Orange" or "The French Connection". But this was how these kinds of movies were made, and "Nicholas and Alexandra" does not shame the genre. It's actually a beautiful end to a spectacular genre which is well worth a look for anyone with a soft spot for David Lean-like movies.

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