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Anastasia (1997)

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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 ...
Young Dimitri (voice)
Actress (voice)
Travelling Man / Major Domo (voice)
Charity James ...
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:

The Music Box  »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$120,541, 16 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dimitri is supposedly based on Leonid Ivanovich Sednev, a kitchen boy who served the Romanovs along with his uncle. When the family was executed, Leonid was among the few members of the entourage that were spared by the Soviets, who sent him off to live with relatives. See more »


At the very beginning, when the Dowager Empress climbs into the carriage, we clearly hear the man say "Yah!", yet his mouth doesn't move. 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 first part of the initial set of the credits shows clips of the film. See more »


Spin-off Bartok the Magnificent (1999) See more »


Journey to the Past
Composed by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Liz Callaway
Orchestrated by William David Brohn
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A classic for all ages
17 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Let others carp about the disservices to history: this Anastasia rises above its flaws to offer an engaging, emotionally resonant story of a girl's search for identity. Within its historical, quasi-factual context, the film presents a situation almost everyone can relate to--that of trying to find one's place in the world. Orphaned Anya's quest for her past (and, consequently, her future) strikes universal emotional chords: singing "Journey to the Past," she sets out with both trepidation and hope to find her identity and her place in the world. The haunting, poignant "Once Upon a December" sequence, one of the finest scenes in any recent film, is unforgettable, as we watch Anya's yearnings take the form of a ghostly dance with memories of a vanished life. And the final reunion where hostility melts gradually into acceptance, is one of the most moving and satisfying moments in film. Everything about the film bespeaks loving attention and quality: the magnificent animation and design re-create lavish Russian and Parisian locations (complete with recognizable artworks and cameos by celebrities of the '20s), and the screenplay balances action, humor, and genuine emotion. Villain Rasputin is clearly aimed at children, and some of the repartee between Anya and unlikely hero Dimitri may seem jarringly anachronistic, but viewers of any age should still enjoy this timeless coming-of-age story.

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