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Writers (WGA):
Leo Tolstoy (novel)
Bernard Rose (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 April 1997 (USA) See more »
In a world of power and privilege, one woman dared to obey her heart.
Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Somewhere inside this lukewarm movie, there's a very good movie struggling to get out. See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sophie Marceau ... Anna Karenina

Sean Bean ... Vronsky

Alfred Molina ... Levin

Mia Kirshner ... Kitty

James Fox ... Karenin

Fiona Shaw ... Lydia

Danny Huston ... Stiva

Phyllida Law ... Vronskaya

David Schofield ... Nikolai
Saskia Wickham ... Dolly
Jennifer Hall ... Betsy
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Princess Schcherbatksy
Valerie Braddell ... Ambassador's Wife

Petr Shelokhonov ... Kapitonich (as Pyotr Sholokhov)
Niall Buggy ... Doctor

Anthony Calf ... Serpuliovskoy

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Pestov
Hamish Falconer ... Seriozha
Stefan Gryff ... Korunsky
Barbara Horne ... Miss Edwards
Larissa Kouznetsova ... Agatha

Jeremy Sheffield ... Boris

Justine Waddell ... Countess Nordston
Mikhail Khmelyov ... Mahotin (as Mikail Hmelev)
Yuliya Krasnova ... Annushka (as Julia Krasnova)
Ludmila Kurepova ... Sorokina
German Maksimov ... Priest
Tatyana Zakharova ... Midwife (as Tatiana Zaharova)
Sergei Shcherbin ... Korney (as Sergei Scherbina)
Gelena Ivlieva ... Lizaveta (as Gelena Ivleva)
Vadim Sadovnikov ... Inn Priest (as Father Vadim Sadovnikov)
Sergei Parshin ... Doctor's Doorman
Valeriy Kukhareshin ... Specialist Doctor
Nora Gryakalova ... Myagkaya
Oleg Kosminsky ... Titus
Victor Gurianov ... Peasant
Igor Efimov ... Servant
Konstantin Lukashov ... Moscow Railway Worker
Aleksandra Lavrova ... Young Anna (as Alexandra Lavrova)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kseniya Rappoport ... Maria (as Ksenia Rappoport)
Leonti Varentsov ... Peasant

Directed by
Bernard Rose 
Writing credits
Leo Tolstoy (novel)

Bernard Rose (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Davey .... producer
Jim Lemley .... associate producer
Stephen McEveety .... executive producer
Vladimir Zhelezniakov .... assistant producer
Cinematography by
Daryn Okada (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Victor Du Bois 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
John Myhre 
Art Direction by
Sergei Shemyakin 
Set Decoration by
Marthe Pineau 
Costume Design by
Maurizio Millenotti 
Makeup Department
Roy Bryson .... hair stylist
Lydia Milars .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chris Silver Finigan .... co-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Carter .... third assistant director
Mark Cotone .... assistant director
Martin Krauka .... second second assistant director
Laura Nisbet .... assistant director
Art Department
Olga Alymova .... art department coordinator
James Edward Ferrell Jr. .... set art director
Candi Guterres .... property master
Tracy Michele Tabb .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Linda Di Franco .... foley editor
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Albert Gasser .... sound editor
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Rich Green .... foley artist
Nigel Holland .... sound designer
Nils C. Jensen .... sound effects editor
Steve Kohler .... sound
Adam Kopald .... sound effects editor
Lilya Korolova .... sound assistant
Val Kuklowsky .... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Piero Mura .... sound editor
John Murray .... foley editor
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Todd Toon .... supervising sound editor
Dan Yale .... foley editor
Dean A. Zupancic .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Kevin Draycott .... special effects technician
Andy Williams .... special effects coordinator
Oleg Botin .... stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunt coordinator
Zed Korshoonoff .... stunts
Peter Miles .... stunt performer
Nikolay Pavlyuk .... stunt performer
Sergei Shulga .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Alekseev .... dolly grip
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Mike Hodges .... key grip
Jack McCollum .... best boy electric
Anatoliy Neznanov .... electrician
Casting Department
Douglas Wright .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giovanni Casalnuovo .... assistant costume designer
Deirdre N. Williams .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Maria Montoreano .... associate film editor
David Orr .... color timer
Brad Watson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dean Beville .... music editor
D. Chris Smith .... music editor
Georg Solti .... music director (as Sir Georg Solti)
John Stronach .... music supervisor
William Jacobs .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Beche .... location manager
Pablo Ferro .... title designer
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Charles Kaye .... executive assistant: to Sir Georg Solti
Shauna L. Kroen .... assistant accountant
Christie Mattull .... insurance services
Yuliya Sobolevskaya .... production assistant
Gerardo Sacco .... special thanks: Jewelry

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina" - International (English title) (complete title), UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sensuality/nudity
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (video rating) | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

This was the first western production of "Anna Karenina" to be filmed in Russia (St. Petersburg).See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Vronsky is shown out of Karenin's house after Anna's near death, a Soviet-era lamppost is visible further down the street.See more »
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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19 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Somewhere inside this lukewarm movie, there's a very good movie struggling to get out., 7 March 2005
Author: Mary Kae from United States

"Anna Karenina" isn't quite a terrible movie. The scenery is pretty; the score, courtesy of Tchaikovsky, is great; and the attempt to balance the two types of relationships is a noble one. Unfortunately, "Anna Karenina" is a severely hobbled movie.

The biggest problem, it pains me to say, is the miscasting of Sophie Marceau in the central role. She is never passionate enough to make us understand why she gives up everything for Vronsky (Sean Bean). Even during some of the more passionate scenes, she is still too composed and collected (Bean suffers from a similar problem, although not as severely as Marceau). Moreover, her French accent is seriously distracting. I admire anybody who can speak multiple languages, but it's all wrong for this movie. The wildly different accents destroy the rhythm of Anna and Vronksy's conversations, and it sometimes feels as though they're not even in the same scene. This, in turn, disastrously torpedoes their chemistry -- a fatal flaw when your entire movie is based on a hot, illicit love affair.

Ironically, both Bean and Marceau have their best moments after the affair goes sour. Vronsky's impatience is the first time we see true sparks from the character; Anna's hallucinations, and the separation from her living son, are genuinely disturbing.

The filmmakers try to juxtapose Anna and Vronsky's whirlwind affair with the slow-but-steady love that develops between rich Levin (Alfred Molina) and Princess Kitty (Mia Kirshner). Although the effort is noble, it has the same effect as the smorgasbord of accents, that of entirely destroying the movie's pace. It feels rushed and superficial in some places, but ploddingly slow in others.

Taken on its own, however, Levin's story is far more compelling than the main plot's lukewarm attempts at passion. Wringing every last drop of psychological depth out of the script, Molina gives a wonderful glimpse into the character's loneliness, melancholy, and eventual peace -- you almost found yourself wishing the movie were just about this guy. As his love interest, Mia Kirschner is a total lightweight and her Canadian accent is as jarring as Marceau's French one; fortunately, Molina has enough gravitas for both of them. If the script had been better, he would have brought the entire movie into warm focus.

As it is, the movie feels disjointed and rambling. Had it been better organized -- and perhaps differently cast -- we might have seen an interesting meditation on the various kinds of love. As it is, we see only a few bright spots amid a sea of disappointment.

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