Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Poster


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.
Peter O'Toole was asked to play Rasputin.
Yul Brynner actively sought the role of Rasputin.
Grace Kelly was offered the role of Alexandra but turned it down.
It was Laurence Olivier who first suggested Tom Baker to be cast as Rasptuin.
The last cinema film of Sir Michael Redgrave.
British TV were unable to show this film for years because of a rights problem.
Roderic Noble was chosen due to his resemblance to Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov.
Audrey Hepburn was considered to play Alexandra.
Rex Harrison turned down to role of Count Witte, saying, "Tell him [Sam Spiegel] I do not play bit parts."
First Cinema film of Janet Suzman.
First cinema film of John Shrapnel.
Press reports at time of pre-production said that Rex Harrison and Vanessa Redgrave were to appear as the leads. However, a recent biography of producer Sam Spiegel stated that paperwork (in an Israeli museum) belonging to Spiegel shows that he never offered them the leads.
Film debut of Brian Cox.
Marlon Brando was considered for the role of Rasputin.
Lindsay Anderson was asked to direct.

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