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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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  (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 department head
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
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Mike Hodges .... key grip
Jack McCollum .... best boy electric
Anatoliy Neznanov .... electrician
Tommy D. Walker .... dolly grip
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
Location Management
Michael Beche .... location manager
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
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?

In the 70's, producer Carlo Ponti had also wanted to make a Russian co-production starring his wife Sophia Loren to be directed by George Cukor.See more »
Anachronisms: Although the film claims to be set in the 1880s, the book must be set earlier than that because it was published in 1875.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 23 people found the following review useful.
Imperfect, but beautiful nonetheless, 2 September 2000

Now, perhaps I'm out of my element writing a review for "Anna Karenina" without having read the book, but I shall do so regardless. Many criticised this film because it did not follow the book, or omitted one thing or another. That is all well and good, but what feature-length film *can* capture the entire scope of a novel the size of "Anna Karenina"? I watched the older version with Greta Garbo and--though I cannot imagine why--it never truly caught my attention. This version, however, captured me from the start. And I am usually the first one to complain about what is wrong with a remake in comparison to the old version. A paradox, indeed.

This film first caught my eye because of Sophie Marceau. I admire her immensely as an actress, having seen her in several films, both French and English. Then, I recognised Bernard Rose as the director of "Immortal Beloved", a film I had enjoyed some months before, mostly due to a magnificent performance by Gary Oldman, some of the most glorious music caught on film.

The music, I can probably cite as one of the main reasons I loved this film. I can think of no better love theme for a doomed romance like that of Anna and Vronsky, than the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. The use of "Swan Lake" at various points was also wonderful, and the interplay during the scene at the ballet held me mesmerised. Vronsky speaks of Anna being trapped in her marriage as the Prince seeks to capture the Swan Queen. Perhaps I'm just rambling, but somehow that connected.

On the whole, the performances were good. Sophie Marceau was perfectly believable as Anna, and some of her scenes sent chills down my spine, though my favourite performance of hers still has to be "Firelight". Sean Bean had me worried for a few seconds, with a mannered reading or two, but improved quickly as the film progressed. Another reviewer pointed out that Vronsky was meant to be a shallower character than Anna, and now that I think back on it, I believe that is very true, and that Sean Bean's performance reflected this superficiality. Mia Kirshner was adequate--I didn't particularly care for her--but Alfred Molina and James Fox both gave fine performances (a standout for me was when Anna wrote Karenin from Italy and Karenin wavered before refusing to let her see Sergei).

However, equally on par with the actors, was the setting. Very few films, I have to admit, can look *so* beautiful. Especially the ballroom scene, with the seemingly neverending hallway of gilded doors, the location photography was spectacular. The costumes were stunning, and the cinematography made even snow seem alive. Even if you do not care for the story or the acting, this is a film to watch for visuals.

Thus, I believe that this film deserves far more credit than it received. I, personally, loved it for varied reasons, but I have to admit that what truly captured me was the way Bernard Rose can take an average script and transform it into a beautiful film using visuals and music. Very few directors take the time to put music and image together if they use classical scores (my favourites would be David Lean and John Boorman), and I believe Bernard Rose should be watched in the future. I should love to see what he would do with a film set in late 19th century Italy, when opera was at its height!

***1/2 out of ****

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