HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Tsar Nicholas in Russia.

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In 1910s Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra find their son Alexei, sole heir to the Romanov dynasty, suffering from hemophelia and conventional medicine failing to help him. Alexandra looks into finding holistic treatment and finds Father Grigori Rasputin, a destitute monk who claims he had a vision from the Virgin Mary telling him that the Tsar needed him. Though Nicholas and the royal doctor are both skeptical of Rasputin's alleged healing abilities, young Alexei quickly bonds with the charleton/prophet, so he remains in the Royal Court. But Rasputin's constant boozing and womanizing angers the aristocracy and worsens the already unstable tensions between Nicholas and his subjects. With the seeds of revolution brewing, it becomes increasingly apparent that a bad end awaits for the entire Royal Family. Written by Ronos

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He Was A Magician. A Madman. A Savior And Seducer....


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Rated R for violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny  »

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Filmed in only eight weeks. See more »

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When Rasputin arrives in St. Petersburg he is shown standing before the Winter Palace in Palace Square. The palace appears as it does today, painted green with white and gold accents. At the time of Rasputin's arrival in 1911 however, the palace was painted entirely in dull red. The palace's current color scheme was not applied until the 1930s. See more »

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Alexei: [to his mother] I'll always love you more than anyone, and you'll always love me more than anyone.
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Version of Rasputin, Demon with Women (1932) See more »

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Good drama, mediocre history.
17 June 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

HBO's "Rasputin" is an Emmy winning retelling of an old story around which swirls as much legend as fact. The film stretches the emotional and dramatic moments while condensing the history as it goes for the viscera with Rickman painting a sensationalized portrait of the enigmatic and shadowy title character. A stuttering drama dumbed down for prime time audiences, "Rasputin 1996" should be an entertaining watch for those who like a little history with their television dramas.


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