Peter the Great (1986)

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This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the efforts of Peter in transforming Russia in an "all European" country, importing scientists, costumes, technology and military tactics. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Maximilian Schell depicts the turbulent events occurring during the shooting of this mini-series in his autobiographical novel "Der Rebell" (written in 1997). Written from the point-of-view of an actor (i.e. Schell) who particularly suffers because of the harassments of his replaced director Kevin Kramsky (a nom de plume for Marvin J. Chomsky) who is therefor killed by the actor at the end of the novel. See more »

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Factually imperfect perhaps, but a wonderful, wonderful movie.
7 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Polish commentator (see above) has it right. Some of the facts may be inaccurate but this is a superb film, visually and dramatically.Most important, the basic theme of a brilliant but eccentric and sometimes viciously cruel ruler who despite all of his shortcomings is determined to drag his country into a modern world is undoubtedly correct.Roosevelt and Churchill would have loved him. The Massie novel has been described as one of the most illuminating portraits ever of Russia as it really is.Too bad old Karl XII (actually it was a Swedish General namedLoewenhaupt) lost the battle of Poltava, but he did. And when Karlhimself fell victim to a stray battlefield bullet a few years later,one of his senior officers commented, "Gentlemen, the comedy is over."


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