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Anna (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 November 1987 (USA)
Anna is a middle-aged actress looking for work in New York City, with the help of her sometime lover, Daniel. She used to be a Czech film star married to the director Tonda, who is now ... See full summary »

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Robert Fields ...
Daniel
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Krystyna
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Director #1
John Robert Tillotson ...
Director #2
Julianne Gilliam ...
Woman Author
Joe Aufiery ...
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Ruth Maleczech ...
Woman #1 / Woman Named Gloria
Holly Villaire ...
Woman #2 / Woman with Bird
Shirl Bernheim ...
Woman #3 / Woman in White Veil
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Woman #4 / Woman in Bonnet
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Woman #5 / Woman in Black (as Gabriela Farrar)
Jordana Levine ...
Woman #6 / Woman in Turban
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Anna is a middle-aged actress looking for work in New York City, with the help of her sometime lover, Daniel. She used to be a Czech film star married to the director Tonda, who is now successfully making commercials in New York. After the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, Anna was imprisoned and eventually exiled. Anna takes in the young girl Krystyna, who has just arrived from Czechoslovakia, and speaks no English. Anna and Daniel help Krystyna learn English and start a promising acting career. However, the only job Anna can find is as an understudy. Written by Will Gilbert

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Lately, she's been contemplating love, exile, murder, and acting.

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28 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Anna - Exil in New York  »

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$1,236,848 (USA)
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The film is loosely based on the life of Polish actress Elzbieta Czyzewska, who had trouble establishing herself as an actress in New York after fleeing her homeland. She made a comeback after the film's release, winning an Obie Award for her performance in the play "Crowbar," and appearing in movies like Running on Empty (1988) and Music Box (1989). See more »

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Featured in The Simple Life: Almost Fame-Less (2007) See more »

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Kirkland saves this flick from sudden death
6 July 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Once a film star in Czechoslovakia, a middle-aged Anna has to settle for the humiliation of an off-Broadway understudy role only to watch her inexperienced and recently emigrated young protege (Porizkova) find sudden success in Hollywood. There is probably only one reason to watch "Anna", a clumsy slice-of-miserable-life story, and that is Kirkland's wonderful portrayal of her courageously vulnerable character. Likely to have only narrow appeal, "Anna" is a Czech flavored indie worth a look and a must see for Kirkland fans. C+


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