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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 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 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
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
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?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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:
Harvesting the FieldSee more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Eye candy which barely misses the mark!, 7 February 2006
Author: kriddd from United States

I'm not sure how this movie slipped past me, as I try to stay on top of the period movies that come out. Nonetheless I caught it on one of the Encore channels last night, and I'm glad I did. Visually this movie is incredible! The cinematography could not have been much better, down to small details such as Levin "mowing" in the fields with the scythe in perfect rhythm with the workers.

As much as I like the film, however, I'm disappointed that Sophie Marceau's portrayal of Anna was not more passionate. On the whole I thought her performance was pretty good, but I agree with the comments above that she could have exhibited a much more involved and emotional presence in the face of a love that she could not resist. Ditto for Sean Bean, although he was somewhat better at it than Sophie. It's a situation where one fervently wishes that the actors were better than they were, because you know that it would have made the movie a "10." Both Bean and Marceau did provide some excellent glimpses into the souls of their characters, but only glimpses. One would wish for more intimate looks into their motivations and their respective desolations. I was not at all put off by accents of the actors. So Marceau has a mild French accent...French was the dominant language of the Russian court up to the Revolution, so it would not have been out of place at all.

The story of Levin and Kitty fares better, if only because of the stellar performance of Alfred Molina. Offhand I can't think of a more underrated actor (save perhaps Ron Perlman). Ms. Kirshner was fine as Kitty, although her journey from infatuation with Vronsky to love for Levin was given short shrift.

Overall I loved this movie, but I just wish it had been two marks better.

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