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In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally, regret. Through his best friend Lensky, Onegin is introduced to the young Tatiana. A passionate and virtuous girl, she soon falls hopelessly under the spell of the aloof newcomer and professes her love for him. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Rated R for brief violence and a sexual image | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 November 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Онегин  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£118,522 (UK) (19 November 1999)


$183,821 (USA) (31 March 2000)

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Did You Know?


Martha Fiennes, the director, Ralph Fiennes, the star and executive director, and Magnus Fiennes, the composer, are all siblings. Additionally, another sister, Sophie Fiennes, Martha's husband, George Tiffin, Ralph's partner, Francesca Annis, and Magnus' wife Maya Fiennes, were all involved in the film. See more »


The song played at Tatiana's Naming Day feast - "On the Hills of Manchuria" - could not be played there, as the movie is set in the first half of the 19th century, and the song was written only in 1906 (and named after tragic events of the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905 years). See more »


Vladimir Lensky: And then you'll shoot me?
Evgeny Onegin: Only if you're dull.
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Name Day Waltz
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It's a Pushkin poem; what more can you ask for?
16 March 2003 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Excellent film!!! I was captivated by it, however, my wife fell asleep during the film. For those who enjoy Russian literature, this movie will captivate you; for those who have no exposure to it, it will not. So your preestablished experience will determine to a great extent your appreciation of this film.

The lead acting is superb! Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler are so good that they unfortunately show up everybody else. The setting, however, does not have much of a Russian feel to it, what with everybody trying to act French and all, which is very accurate to the time. (Thank *you* Peter the Great.)

As for the story, the movie is very faithful to the Pushkinian attitude. The story is very character-centred, typical to Russian lit. The change in Evgenyi Onegin (pronounced, "Yev-geh-ny Ah-nye-gin") is marked indeed. However, the character of Tatyana captivated me. Her faithfulness to herself and to her integrity, especially given the context of American film, is amazing. How refreshing to see a character turn down the opportunity to have an affair with the man she loves deeply out of loyalty and faithfulness to her husband whom she unfortunately doesn't really love. This is especially refreshing in light of prevailing attitudes towards marriage and in particular adultery. Liv Tyler portrays both the deep angst and yet the firm conviction of Tatyana beautifully.

I recommend this film heartily. I gave it a 10 in my rating, and I encourage anyone to view this film to escape the prevailing American Bruce Willis-type formula film, and allow this film to expand your perceptions and your mind, and to enjoy the challenge of seeing people grow, and thereby encourage yourself to do the same.

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