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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Poster

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It was Laurence Olivier who first suggested Tom Baker to be cast as Rasputin. Olivier was director of the National Theatre in England and Baker was a member of the company.
Yul Brynner actively sought the role of Rasputin.
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.
The film could not be shown on television in the UK for many years because of a copyright problem.
Peter O'Toole was asked to play Rasputin, but turned it down.
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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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Grace Kelly was offered the role of Alexandra but turned it down.
Roderic Noble was chosen due to his resemblance to Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov.
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This was Janet Suzman's first film.
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For many years it was believed that Prime Minister David Lloyd George's wartime coalition government would not allow the Romanovs to come to the UK after the first revolution in 1917. However, many years later it was confirmed that it was actually King George V who was against the idea due to the possibility of unrest similar to the previous year's Easter Rising in Ireland. The King forced the government to withdraw its offer of asylum to the Romanovs, in an apparent abuse of his position as a constitutional monarch.
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Audrey Hepburn was considered to play Alexandra.
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Marlon Brando was considered for the role of Rasputin.
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The character played by Curd Jürgens is Arthur Zimmermann, the German Foreign Secretary who was instrumental in trying to arm rebellions in Ireland and India during World War I, as well as offering a military alliance with Mexico which caused the United States to enter the conflict.
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Ian Holm, Michael Redgrave, Jack Hawkins and Laurence Olivier had all previously appeared in Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), a World War I film that had Czar Nicholas II portrayed by Paul Daneman.
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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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The film takes place from August 12, 1904 to July 17, 1918.
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The United States was only able to enter World War I after Nicholas had abdicated, as this meant that the Allies were now all democracies fighting against the absolutist regimes of the Central Powers.
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Since Nicholas had already abdicated, it is debatable whether he had the legal right to abdicate on behalf of his son.
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Yurovsky (Alan Webb ), the old man in charge of the house the Romanov family are taken to in the final part of the film, in real life was only 40 years old at the time.
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Despite the massive box office success and critical acclaim that Sam Spiegel had brought Columbia with " On the Waterfront", " The Bridge on the River Kwai ", and " Lawrence of Arabia", the studio were unwilling to give Spiegel the budget he needed due to a string of recent box office failures including " The Chase " and " The Night of the Generals ".
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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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John Wood (Colonel Kobylinsky) later played Ptoyr Stolypin in Rasputin (1996), which depicted many of the same events.
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Julie Christie turned down the role of Alexandra.
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James Goldman also scripted the 1987 mini - series " Anastasia ".
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Liv Ullman screentested with Michael Jayston for the role of Alexandra.
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Vanessa Redgrave was considered for the role of Tsarina Alexandra.
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