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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Leo Tolstoy (novel)
Bernard Rose (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 April 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In a world of power and privilege, one woman dared to obey her heart.
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
Terrific, just plain terrific See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (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 Ivliyeva ... 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 Yefimov ... Servant (as Igor Efimov)
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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
Oleg Botin .... stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunt coordinator
Zed Korshoonoff .... stunts
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
Yuliya Sobolevskaya .... production assistant
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sensuality/nudity
Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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?

Trivia:
Sean Bean was chosen by the director Bernard Rose to play Count Vronsky because Rose had seen him playing the role of Richard Sharpe in the Sharpe's series on British television - the director thought he looked natural in a period-military uniformSee more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: During the movie, title cards inform the viewer that the story arch unfolds in the years 1880 to 1882 - yet at the end of the movie Vronsky leaves to fight in the Russo-Turkish war of 1877- 1878.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Elegie, Op. 3/1See more »

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43 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Terrific, just plain terrific, 20 February 2005
Author: Robert John Bennett (RJBENNETT@POST.HARVARD.EDU) from Dusseldorf, Germany

According to an earlier review, this movie is supposed to be "just plan awful." The writer probably meant "plain" instead of "plan," and that misspelling may be an indication of the quality of the review.

There is much to be said for the viewpoint that this film version of Tolstoy's novel, starring Sophie Marceau, must certainly be one of the greatest versions ever produced.

Tolstoy himself lived to see just the beginning of the era of the motion picture and was said to have been fascinated by the possibilities the new medium presented. If so, he would no doubt have been quite astonished at the beauty and the extraordinary quality of this rendition of his story about Anna Karenina. The production values are among the highest there could possibly be. The costumes, the cinematography, and the sets – unlike earlier versions, the film was shot on location in St. Petersburg and elsewhere in Russia – are at such a remarkable level that the action almost does appear to be really taking place in the Czarist period at the end of the nineteenth century.

As for Sophie Marceau's mild French accent – which the above-mentioned reviewer found so irritating – it is quite likely that many upper-classes Russians of the period actually did speak with a French accent. It was not Russian but French that was the dominant language among the Russian nobility and aristocracy of the time – for some, French was in fact their native language, since many of them never learned to speak Russian at all, except perhaps a few words and phrases they could use to communicate with the servants.

What is perhaps most remarkable of all in this film is the utterly believable way that the behavior of the of characters is presented. Their motives are suggested with great subtlety, not in the somewhat simplistic tones of the (nevertheless still magnificent) MGM version of the film that starred Greta Garbo seventy years ago. Anna's husband is not a monster, for example, in this new version, but a rather pathetic, right-wing government bureaucrat with obsessively strict moral values. Moreover, the portrayal of Anna's behavior throughout the film, and especially in the final scenes, is a masterpiece of sympathetic psychological insight and understanding.

This film is a – for the time being, anyway – neglected classic.

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