Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only "surviving" child of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia.

Director:

Writers:

, (book)
Reviews
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Anastasia (1956)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1789, when the Revolution went on, a bandit named "Black Tulip" held the surroundings of village Roussillon in fear. The poor people respected him as Robin Hood, who declare himself a ... See full summary »

Director: Christian-Jaque
Stars: Alain Delon, Virna Lisi, Dawn Addams
Treasure Island (TV Movie 1990)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Young Jim Hawkins, while running the Benbow Inn with his mother, meets Captain Billy Bones, who dies at the inn while it is besieged by buccaneers led by Blind Pew. Jim and his mother fight... See full summary »

Director: Fraser Clarke Heston
Stars: Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed
War and Peace (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the the Napoleonic Era.

Stars: Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer
Metroland (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The sudden reappearance of his best friend Toni, after ten years absence, causes Chris to remember his past, to question some of his lifestyle decisions and to re-evaluate his life and marriage to Marion.

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Christian Bale, Lee Ross, Emily Watson
A Murder of Quality (TV Movie 1991)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Taken from the book by John le Carre, George Smiley rallies to the aid of his former intelligence colleague, Ailsa Brimley, to investigate a mysterious letter from a junion master's wife at... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland, Glenda Jackson
Mary, Mother of Jesus (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A believable telling of the life of Mary, the chosen by God, mother of Christ. The story follows Mary before conception, at the revealing of the impending birth by the angel Gabrie, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Christian Bale, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman
Royal Deceit (1994)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This re-telling of Hamlet goes back to the original Danish source material. The opening scenario remains the same: Hamlet's father murdered by his brother who then weds the widowed mother. ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Axel
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren, Christian Bale
Coco Chanel (TV Movie 2008)
History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The life story of legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel.

Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Barbora Bobulova, Brigitte Boucher, Emilie Caillon
De-Lovely (2004)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda.

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Bobby Platt is a mentally slow young man who escapes an abusive, hateful stepfather who has killed his pets one by one. To save himself, Bobby runs away and meets a strange old man who ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Thomas
Stars: John Hurt, Christian Bale, Daniel Benzali
Heart of the Country (TV Mini-Series 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: Susan Penhaligon, Christian Bale, Rosalind Bennett
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Prince Erich
...
Serge Markov
...
...
Isabel Von Hohenstauffen
...
Dr. Hauser
...
...
...
Grand Duke Cyril Romanov
...
...
Andrea Bretterbauer ...
Sonya Markov
Sydney Bromley ...
Herbert
Arnold Diamond ...
Dr. Markov
Edit

Storyline

Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only "surviving" child of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Great Romantic Enigma of the Twentieth Century

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

7 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anastasia  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Christian Bale's first movie. See more »

Goofs

At the film's end, the narrator's quote "The trial started in 1939..." should've had 1938 as its starting year.... See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Is that a threat, your highness?
Grand Duke Cyril Romanov: No, it's an expression of intent.
See more »

Connections

Version of Anastasia (1967) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mystery Solved,Yet Legend Still Remains.
23 November 2008 | by (Beijing, China) – See all my reviews

It's out of question that the real Anna Anderson was NOT Princess Anastasia. Apart from very distinctive differences in physical appearance(Anderson's eyes are perceivably larger, lips thicker, nose larger and turned up at the end....etc), Anderson's unable to speak Russian was a ridiculous tell......That's why I detest Anna Anderson and her confederates so much. Not a lot of swindlers have the audacity and endurance to scam for 60+ years with such a blatantly untenable scheme.

Yet to some extent I have sympathy for Anna Anderson. Life must have been hard for a young Polish peasant worker in those days. And to impersonate another woman for 60+ years is an arduous task for anybody.She had to hold back her fleshy lips all the time to mimic the thin lips of Anastasia's, and had to occasionally go lunatic to make people believe all her chaotic memory was just a result of mental problem.

Anna Anderson was an awesome woman on a wrong track. Had she put her good-looks, learned elegance, endurance, acting skills into proper use, she could of made a first-class actress.

On a side note: Some main characters of this two-parter seem to be loosely based on real figures. Prince Erich could be a mixture of Gleb Botkin(believed by many the most possible brain behind the whole scheme), Duke George and Dmitri of Leuchtenberg, and several other figures. And Darya Romanoff seem to be based on the gorgeous Princess Xenia Georgievna Romanova. But unlike the real confederates, Prince Erich was motiveless in this show and supported Anna out of love for and sincere belief in her, which is touching.

On the whole this is a great show. Fictionalised a bit but still remains faithful to the reality. The power of Amy Irving's acting lies in that she successfully represented Anderson's self-assuredness, the mixture of impersonating others and being herself is intriguing. Just as Princess Xenia said about Anderson:"She was herself at all times and never gave the slightest impression of acting a part." Highly recommended.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
question Musical_Fanatic
anybody? sbmr12
Time Line phacops
Does anybody know... coloraturahoney
Discuss Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?