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Anastasia (1997)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  21 November 1997 (USA)
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The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anastasia (voice)
Dimitri (voice)
Vladimir (voice)
Rasputin (voice)
Bartok (voice)
Sophie (voice)
Young Anastasia (voice)
Rick Jones ...
Czar Nicholas / Servant / Revolutionary Soldier / Ticket Agent (voice)
Phlegmenkoff / Old Woman (voice)
Young Dimitri (voice)
Actress (voice)
Travelling Man / Major Domo (voice)
Charity James ...
Anastasia Impostor (voice)
Anastasia (singing voice)


The daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, Anastasia is found by two Russian con men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, promised to the ones who'll find her. But the evil mystic of the Tsar family, Rasputin, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anastasija  »

Box Office


$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$120,541 (USA) (14 November 1997)


£5,321,922 (UK) (29 May 1998)

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Did You Know?


Meg Ryan was in her mid-thirties when she voiced the eighteen-year-old Anya. See more »


Throughout the "Paris Holds the Key (to Your Heart)" number the rose in Anastasia's hair disappears and reappears several times. See more »


[first lines]
Dowager Empress Marie: There was a time, not very long ago, where we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. The year was 1916, and my son, Nicholas, was the czar of Imperial Russia.
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Crazy Credits

The version shown on HBO and related channels contains extra credits for the Spanish-language version of the film. The song over those credits, a Spanish version of "Journey to the Past," was on the film's soundtrack album. See more »


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Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)
Composed by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Bernadette Peters, Jonathan Dokuchitz, and Ensemble
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User Reviews

Has the sumptuous look of a Broadway musical...delightful entertainment...
22 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Some of the most beautiful animation and backgrounds in recent history are a central ingredient of "Anastasia", a charming full-length feature based on the famous title character and set against the period of the Russian revolution. Expert vocal work by Angela Lansbury (Dowager Empress), Meg Ryan (Anastasia), John Kusack (Dimitri) and many others, make the characters seem more dimensional than in most animated features. Particularly Dimitri and Anastasia, whose love-hate relationship seems startlingly real given the superb animation.

The score is studded with some Oscar-nominated music and the sinister moments have the kind of villain you love to hate (Rasputin). Some of the scenes might be too intense for small children--as well as a realistic railway scene on a runaway car--but all in all, should delight young and old. Angela Lansbury's voice is especially effective as the Empress. The art of animation doesn't get any better than this! This Don Bluth/Gary Goldman production is as good as anything Disney might have attempted.

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