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Anastasia (1997)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anastasia (voice)
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Dimitri (voice)
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Vladimir (voice)
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Rasputin (voice)
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Bartok (voice)
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Sophie (voice)
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Young Anastasia (voice)
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Rick Jones ...
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Phlegmenkoff / Old Woman (voice)
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Young Dimitri (voice)
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Actress (voice)
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Travelling Man / Major Domo (voice)
Charity James ...
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Anastasia (singing voice)
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Storyline

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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Discover the Adventure Behind the Greatest Mystery of Our Time


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Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Music Box  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$120,541, 16 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$58,406,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$139,804,348
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The real Anastasia was born at the Peterhof Palace, which was called "The Farm" by her family. It was designed in imitation of the Palace of Versailles, in France. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Marie gives Anastasia a music box, Dimitri is seen in the background being grabbed and taken away to the kitchen. However, when Rasputin appears at the ball, Dimitri can be seen again behind the Dowager Empress and Anastasia. Although Rasputin's appearance may have been later on in the night, it is unlikely Dimitri was able to leave the kitchen again if he had already left once. See more »

Quotes

[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 »


Soundtracks

Once Upon a December
Composed by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Liz Callaway
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DA!
12 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely LOVE this movie! I am a little amused by all the people having a problem with this movie not being historically accurate. Need I remind people that this is a cartoon, not a documentary? I was actually impressed with the attention to details: Nicholas looks very much like he did in life, Anastasia's little brother's sickness is not overlooked (he is walking with a limp), 'Once upon a December's words 'Someone holds me safe and warm... ' sound so much like a Russian Gypsy song!

That said, I do have to say that there are a few things that could have been prevented by hiring one Russian speaking person. Examples: When Dimitry and Anya first meet, he has a problem pronouncing her name. That would never happen. Anya is a very common name in Russia and would not be mistaken for anything else. Also, when Sophie opened the door she says something that IS NOT a Russian name, very silly. Another example would be Anastasia looking through her family album, when they make her memorize thing, remember the picture of uncle Vanya? ("Loved his vodka, got it Anya?") Well, he just looks like a common peasant, not a member of royal family.

Bartok…. I wonder who thought of the name…. It is not a Russian name… My guess is that it was meant to be 'BRATOK' which means 'little brother', used to address a companion, a friend.

So.. those are my thoughts. All in all, I highly recommend the movie. Not as an educational historical reference, but as a wonderful entertaining musical animated movie! The fact that is NOT Disney is actually a big plus for me!

Enjoy!


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