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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Poster

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Audrey Hepburn was considered to play Alexandra.
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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.
Grace Kelly was offered the role of Alexandra but turned it down.
Yul Brynner actively sought the role of Rasputin.
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It was Laurence Olivier who first suggested Tom Baker to be cast as Rasptuin.
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British TV were unable to show this film for years because of a rights problem.
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This was Sir Michael Redgrave's final film before his death on March 21, 1985 at the age of 77.
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Peter O'Toole was asked to play Rasputin.
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Rex Harrison turned down the role of Count Witte, saying, "Tell him [Sam Spiegel] I do not play bit parts."
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This was Janet Suzman's first film.
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Roderic Noble was chosen due to his resemblance to Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov.
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Marlon Brando was considered for the role of Rasputin.
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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.
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This was Brian Cox's first film.
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This was John Shrapnel's first film.
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Lindsay Anderson was asked to direct.
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The director Franklin J. Schaffner and Laurence Olivier (Count Witte) died only nine days apart: on July 2, 1989 and July 11, 1989 respectively.
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George Stevens, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Anthony Harvey and Charles Jarrott were all approached about directing the film before Franklin J. Schaffner was finally signed.
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The film takes place from August 12, 1904 to July 17, 1918.
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