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
When Meg Ryan was offered the role of Anya, she could not decide if she wanted to accept it or not. Upon hearing of Ryan's indecision, Fox took an audio clip of Ryan talking in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and created a short animated sequence of Anya speaking the lines. They sent the clip to Ryan, and she was so impressed that she changed her mind and accepted the role. See more »
When Anastasia breaks into the palace looking for Dimitri, she finds the place almost intact, along with many precious items such as plates, fine tapestries, candlesticks, furniture, and, most notably, a painting in which she recognizes herself. Actually, the Winter Palace - depicted in the movie, as it is the only one located in St. Petersburg - was stormed and looted in 1917 by Russian revolutionaries of everything valuable. Besides, all the paintings where slashed with bayonets and, from the river, the cruiser Aurora used the facade for target practice. Moreover, by 1927, when the action is supposed to take place, the Palace was rebuilt and was seat of the Hermitage Museum, so the conditions in which Anastasia finds the Palace, as shown in the movie, are impossible. See more »
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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The first part of the initial set of the credits shows clips of the film. See more »
Suspend any disbelief, and the movie is *outstanding*
The best way to watch a movie is with suspension of disbelief - Just trust what the producers present you with and don't question it. With that, "Anastasia" is one of the most delightful movies I've seen in some time. It's like an old musical, with people spontaneously erupting into choreographed dance, but with modern dialog (And funny, at that!), an enjoyable romance, and action sequences to keep things moving. The music, while nothing to remember to the point of distraction, was perfect for humming, and even worked to advance the plot - Unlike so many animated songs put in for the sake of having a song. So it wasn't historically perfect - if it were, there'd be no story. Go ahead and feel smug that you know what really happened, but don't turn to comment to your neighbor, lest you miss one minute of the wonderfully unfolding plot.
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