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 hemophilia and conventional medicine failing to help him. Alexandra looks into finding holistic treatment and finds Father Grigory 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 charlton/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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John Wood (Pyotr Stolypin) previously played Colonel Kobylinsky in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), which depicted many of the same events. See more »

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After Rasputin first heals Alexis, when Nicholas and Alexandra are conversing privately, Nicholas is seen wearing a shirt with a capital letter "N" monogram, presumably for his first name. In the Russian Cyrillic alphabet, however, the capital letter corresponding to an English N is written as "H". See more »

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Tsar Nicholas II: [to Alexandra] Smile. I never see you smile. Do you remember the little cottage we stayed in when we visited your family in Germany? And the picnics we used to have, and the songs we sang under the chestnut trees?
Tsarina Alexandra: What in the world made you think of that?
Tsar Nicholas II: And how those fisherman splashed us with their oars and didn't know who we were. We were soaked all over. And how we never ever wanted to leave... we are locked in, the key has been lost and now we must stay there forever.
[they kiss]
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Version of Rasputin and the Empress (1932) See more »

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Movie's Accuracy is offset by obvious omissions
31 December 2002 | by (Glenolden, PA) – See all my reviews

For once, after all the nonsense written and shown about the infamous Grigori Rasputin, this film makes an excellent effort at accuracy and objectivity. The characters look incredibly like the historical people they play: Alexis (The heir and narrator), the Tsar (Masterfully played by Ian Mc Kellam), the four daughters; unfortunately, the character of the Empress, Alexandra, is terrible; not only does she not look like her but portrays none of Alexandra's personality (Unlike the excellent job done by Janet Suzman in Nicholas and Alexandra). The movie is breathtaking in its on-location shots, especially St. Petersburg and the interiors of the palace. With so much effort put into accuracy, though, I don't understand how, with the climax of the film, Rasputin's murderers are incomplete: it was not just Felix Yussupov but the Tsar's nephew and favorite, Grand Duke Dmitri, who pulled off the killing. This movie completely excludes Dmitri. Still, if the viewer is just looking for an above average account of the strangest period in history (Without looking TOO close), this movie will do the trick.


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