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Robert Fields ...
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Krystyna
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Julianne Gilliam ...
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Joe Aufiery ...
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Woman #5 / Woman in Black (as Gabriela Farrar)
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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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Kirkland was robbed
22 February 2008 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

Sally Kirkland is standout in this character driven drama. This film is what great films are all about, they tell great stories about people and get you thinking.

The script is fantastic and Kirkland is heart breaking. The film should be far better remembered than it is and film schools should use it in class.

Kirkland should have won the Oscar and had the film had better distribution and some more money behind it, she would have, but CHER had a huge campaign behind her for Moonstruck.

Kirkland is under rated and her two best roles since ANNA have failed to get distribution:

What's up Scarlet and Norma Jean, Jack, and Me.

A must see for film fans and those who love actors...


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