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Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986)

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

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Sonya Markov
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Herbert
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In 1920s Berlin, suicidal asylum patient Anna Anderson claims to be Anastasia Romanov, the supposedly dead daughter of the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, who got dethroned and murder by the communists along with his entire immediate family during the Russian Revolution. She is so convincing in her descriptions of her life on the court and how she escaped the communist purge that, after leaving the asylum, she slowly gains followers willing to believe her story. However, the surviving members of the Romanov family who now live in exile are not among them. This skepticism soon turns into mutual animosity.

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The Great Romantic Enigma of the Twentieth Century


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Trivia

Christian Bale's first movie. See more »

Goofs

In 1918, while held captive by "moderate" guards, Alexandra remarks about Nicholas' mother being "safe in England". In reality, the Queen Mother's arrival in the U.K. didn't happen until 1919, the year after the family's deaths. See more »

Quotes

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

Version of Anastasia (1997) See more »

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Not as good as it could have been
19 January 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

It's a shame, because although this film is entertaining (in an American soap-opera sort of way), the fact that it's so loosely based on the story of Anastasia and the book by Peter Kurth, means it doesn't really live up to it's potential.

The real characters of the Romanovs, the uprisal of the Bolsheviks, imprisonment and execution, royal conspiracies, and in general, an accurate portrait of Anna Anderson's life, all take secondary place to beautiful setting, pretty costumes, an attractive cast (most of the acting is quite good) and an unfortunate 80's tinge (too many perms).

The film goes off on a tangent, eventually delving into the realms of fantasy and sickly Mills&Boon-style romance. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun film to watch, but had it been more intelligent, more ACCURATE and more sinister & mysterious, it would have been so much more captivating and entertaining. I gave it 6/10.


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