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Anna Karenina (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  4 April 1997 (USA)
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Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.

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Storyline

Anna is a young and elegant wife of Mr. Karenin, who is wealthy and old. She meets the handsome Count Vronsky. Anna and Vronsky fall in love with each other, and he comes to be with her in St. Petersburg. They are very happy together and make a great looking couple, but soon their happiness gets under social pressures. Anna is hopelessly begging Mr. Karenin for a divorce, but he wants to keep the mother of their child. She has another baby born from her lover Vronsky. Conflict between her untamed desires and painful reality causes her a depression and suicidal thoughts. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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In a world of power and privilege, one woman dared to obey her heart.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,268 (USA) (4 April 1997)

Gross:

$791,830 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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Trivia

This was the first western production of "Anna Karenina" to be filmed in Russia (St. Petersburg). See more »

Goofs

Rakhmaninov's music, the Vespers and the Second Symphony, used throughout the film, were not written until at least 30 years after the novel was written and 20 years afterthe film says it is set. See more »

Quotes

Anna Karenina: What are you doing here?
Vronsky: You know that I have come to be where you are. I cannot help myself.
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Version of Anna Karenina (1915) See more »

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Elegie, Op. 3/1
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by Howard Shelley
Courtesy of Hyperion Records by arrangement with Source/Q
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a beautiful moving masterpiece
4 November 2000 | by ( usa) – See all my reviews

I first saw anna towards the end when i was home from school sick. I could not take my eyes off the television and was spellbound. i did not even know what the movie was called and I caught only the last half hour but I went out the next day and rented it and ended up with a 7 day late charge. It was so deeply moving and beautiful. I was mesmerized. The only flaw in this film was the weak link named mia kirschner, but it can be forgiven because marceau and beans performances were absolutely stunning. I have cried my heart dry watching this film every time and i watch it once a week at least. Bean is brilliant throughout but he is incredible at the end talking to tolstoy in the train about going off to die. he is so restrained and holding pain within and trying to hold up some sort of front that is strong and it is made so clear to the audience exactly what he is going through. both actors go through great transformations from beginning to end. the dazzling socialite and the handsome virile soldier who become shells of those former selves drowning into madness and grief. Perhaps the two most poignant parts for me are the scene of anna playing with the doll and the smile on her face just as she falls onto the train tracks. Sorrowfully beautiful,utterly romantic, and tragic. One of my all time favorite movies.


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