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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ralph Fiennes ... Onegin

Liv Tyler ... Tatyana

Toby Stephens ... Lensky

Lena Headey ... Olga

Martin Donovan ... Prince Nikitin

Alun Armstrong ... Zaretsky

Simon McBurney ... Triquet

Harriet Walter ... Madame Larina

Jason Watkins ... Guillot
Irene Worth ... Princess Alina
Gwenllian Davies ... Anisia
Margery Withers ... Nanya
Geoffrey McGivern ... Andrey Petrovitch (as Geoff McGivern)
Tim McMullan ... Dandy 1

Tim Potter ... Dandy 2

Elizabeth Berrington ... Mlle Volkonsky
Ian East ... Executor

Richard Bremmer ... Diplomat at Ball
Chloe Elise Hanslip ... Child Violinist
Marion Betzold ... Ballerina
Chris Lee Wright ... The Hussar
Tom Eastwood ... Onegin's Uncle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Francesca Annis ... Katiusha (uncredited)
Eric Colvin ... Diplomat (uncredited)
Dan Farrell ... Belgian Ambassador (uncredited)

Directed by
Martha Fiennes 
Writing credits
Peter Ettedgui  screenplay &
Alexander Pushkin  poem "Yevgeny Onegin" and
Michael Ignatieff  screenplay

Produced by
Simon Bosanquet .... producer
Ralph Fiennes .... executive producer
Ileen Maisel .... producer
Original Music by
Magnus Fiennes 
Cinematography by
Remi Adefarasin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
Jim Clay 
Art Direction by
Chris Seagers (supervising art director)
Vera Zelinskaya  (as Vera Zeliskaya)
Set Decoration by
Maggie Gray 
Costume Design by
John Bright 
Chloé Obolensky  (as Chloe Obolensky)
Makeup Department
Tamara Freed .... makeup artist (as Tamara Frid)
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Paul Gooch .... chief hairdresser
Peter Owen .... hair designer
Peter Owen .... makeup designer
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Liz Tagg .... chief makeup artist
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... make-up & hair artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Miranda Jones .... post-production supervisor
Philip Kohler .... production manager: St. Petersburg
Karina Sinenko .... assistant production manager
Lesley Stewart .... production supervisor
Maxim Volodin .... assistant production manager: Saint-Petersburg
Valery Yermolaev .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tommy Gormley .... first assistant director
Mark Layton .... second assistant director
Sarah Purser .... third assistant director
Sue Wood .... co-second assistant director
Nicholas Hopkins .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Abbott .... carpenter
Barry Arnold .... stand-by props
Vladimir Averyanov .... set dresser
Joanna Bates .... construction buyer
Lee Betis .... painter (as Lee Betts)
John Bohan .... construction coordinator
Lee Bryant .... dressing props
Peter Bryant .... dressing props
Noel Campbell .... carpenter
Keith Carey .... stand-by rigger
Roy Chapman .... dressing props
Edward Delaney .... stagehand
James Downs .... trainee carpenter
Paul Drinkall .... stagehand
Peter Edge .... painter
Michael Finlay .... painter
Gary Freeman .... stand-by art director
Martin Freeman .... carpenter
Charles Gaynor .... carpenter
Heidi Gibb .... art department runner
Barry Gibbs .... property master
Terry Grange .... laborer: painters
Jed Graysmark .... workshop assistant
Jo Graysmark .... assistant art director
Bill Hargreaves .... stand-by props
Martin Hawkins .... rigger
Peter Hawkins .... hod rigger
Ted Hawkins .... rigger
Gary Hedges .... carpenter
Robin Heinson .... stand-by painter
Jonathan Houlding .... draughtsman
David Jones .... stand-by stagehand
David Lowery .... carpenter
Roy Martin .... painter
John McGee .... carpenter
Alice Milburn-Foster .... assistant scenic artist
Steve Mitchell .... scenic artist
Alan Neighbour .... carpenter
Brian Neighbour .... supervising carpenter
John O'Brien .... carpenter
Danny O'Regan Jr. .... stand-by carpenter
Daniel O'Regan .... hod carpenter
John O'Shaughnessy .... production buyer
Victor Otto .... set dresser
Darryl Paterson .... prop storeman
Dave Pearce .... carpenter (as David Pearce)
Pippa Rawlinson .... draughtsperson
Douglas Regan .... painter
Anthony Rhone .... painter
Claire Robertson .... construction buyer
Albert Roper .... painter
Nikolai Ryabtsev .... set dresser (as Nikoloai Ryabtsev)
Brian Shelley .... painter
Svetlana Shevlyakova .... set dresser
David Smith .... storeman stagehand
Adrian Start .... hod painter
Glenn Start .... painter
Matthew Start .... painter
Paul Westcott .... draughtsperson (as Paul Westacott)
Stephen Weston .... wood machinist (as Stephen Westen)
Paul Whitelock .... supervising painter
Derek Whorlow .... supervising stagehand
Alan Williams .... chargehand rigger
Robert Wishart .... chargehand carpenter
Bradley Woodbridge .... painter
Colin Woodbridge .... carpenter
Tony Wright .... storyboard artist
Galina Zaigraeva .... property mistress
Ginger McCarthy .... construction rigger (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gethin Aldous .... sound assistant
Don Banks .... boom operator
John Bateman .... dialogue mixer
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Tim Cavagin .... re-recording mixer
Ed Colyer .... foley mixer
Peter Elliott .... foley editor
Richard Fordham .... assistant sound editor
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Matt Grimes .... dialogue editor
Nina Hartstone .... adr editor
Peter Holt .... foley editor
Dean Humphreys .... re-recording mixer
Robert Ireland .... assistant sound editor (as Rob Ireland)
Craig Irving .... re-recording mixer
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
Johannes Konecny .... assistant sound editor
Nikolai Lebedev .... sound assistant
Volodya Ponikorovsky .... sound effects technician
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
Slava Valiulov .... sound effects technician
Mike Wood .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Dominic Tuohy .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Charles Tait .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal .... stunt coordinator
Rowley Irlam .... stunt double
Viktor Romanov .... stuntman (as Victor Romanov)
C.C. Smiff .... stunt double
Anna Stacey .... stunt double
Oleg Vasilyuk .... stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adefarasin .... camera trainee
David Appleby .... still photographer
John Arnold .... grip
James Bloom .... clapper loader
Julian Bucknall .... focus puller
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator
Oliver Loncraine .... clapper loader: second unit
Dave May .... grip: second unit
Barrie More .... best boy
Mitch Spooner .... rigging gaffer
Alan Stewart .... camera operator: second unit
Bill Thornhill .... electrician (as Billy Thornton)
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
Martyn Welland .... electrician (as Martin Welland)
Ben Wilson .... focus puller: second unit
Jimmy Wilson .... gaffer
Donovan Wylie .... special stills
Gordon Segrove .... clapper loader: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifer Duffy .... casting assistant (as Jenny Duffey)
Rimma Krupova .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe Hobbs .... wardrobe master
Irina Kaverzina .... wardrobe
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... wardrobe assistant (as Marcus Love)
Laura May .... wardrobe assistant
Stephen Miles .... wardrobe assistant
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Gavin Buckley .... second assistant editor
Simon Cozens .... lightworks assistant
Dan Farrell .... first assistant editor (as Daniel Farrell)
John Heath .... grader
Tasha Pym .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Bibs Ekkel .... musician: balalaika
Ric Featherstone .... music production assistant
Maya Fiennes .... featured musician: piano
Brian Gascoigne .... conductor
Brian Gascoigne .... orchestrator
Jivan Gasparyan .... featured musician: duduk player
Andrew Glen .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Peter Holman .... conductor: Nikitin Ball music
Peter Holman .... music arranger: Nikitin Ball music
Julian Hope .... music supervisor
Peter Lewis .... mixer: additional engineering (as Pete Lewis)
Jason Osborn .... conductor: Larin Name Day music
Jason Osborn .... music arranger: Larin name Day music
Steve Price .... engineer: Angel Studios
John Themis .... featured musician: guitar
Bruce White .... viola
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
Jason Osborn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jed Bray .... unit driver
Peter Brook .... unit driver
Jason Brown .... driver: facility vehicle
Andrei Chernyshenko .... unit driver
Andy Cooper .... driver: facility vehicle (as Andre Cooper)
Bob Dean .... construction driver
Sasha Derdienko .... unit driver
Tony Elwell .... driver: facility vehicle
Frank Hughes .... driver: facility vehicle
Tom Innes .... driver: facility vehicle
Tony Innis .... construction driver
Sergei Menshikov .... unit driver
Sergei Pavlov .... unit driver
Jim Pinhorn .... driver: facility vehicle
Ken Price .... driver: facility vehicle
Marek Raczynski .... unit driver
Olga Razrezova .... transportation coordinator
Mark Smirnov .... unit driver
Sergei Smirnov .... unit driver
Albert Smith .... driver: facility vehicle
Kirill Tchaschin .... unit driver (as Kirill Chaschin)
Gerry Turner .... driver: facility vehicle
Nick Waldron .... transportation captain
Chris White .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Tania Alexander .... advisor: Russian
Olga Alymova .... interpreter
Ros Bennett .... unit nurse (as Ross Bennet)
Bi Benton .... production coordinator: St. Petersburg
Yana Bezhanskaya .... assistant location manager
Johanna Brownell .... researcher
Phillip Brusovani .... interpreter
Tara Cook .... assistant to director
Tara B. Cook .... assistant to director
Hazel Crombie .... production accountant
Nick Daubeny .... supervising location manager
Harriet Earle .... location manager: St. Petersburg
Eleanor Fazan .... choreographer
Tom Forsyth .... stand-in
Natasha Franklin .... ettiquette consultant: Russian
Anna Hait .... interpreter
Viviane Horne .... stand-in
Paul Jackson .... health and safety officer
Sally Jacobs .... caterer
Carrie Johnson .... unit nurse
Kate Jones .... assistant: Liv Tyler
Lisa Jones .... crowd coordinator
Eliza Poklewski Koziell .... assistant to executive producer
Joe Lacey .... stand-in
Maurice Landsberger .... supervising production accountant
Paul Landsberger .... assistant accountant
Donovan Last .... caterer
Wendy Lilly .... production coordinator
Kelly Marazzi .... stand-in
Jerry McDonald .... unit nurse
June McDonald .... script supervisor
Kelly Messias .... production secretary
Eugeny Miodushevsky .... assistant location manager
Alex Oakley .... floor runner
Alison Odell .... assistant to producer
Anna Ovchinnikova .... interpreter
Andrey Peshekhodko .... interpreter
Olga Petrova .... accountant
Katya Politova .... interpreter
Tatiana Prosvetova .... interpreter
Christina Rice .... runner: producer
Dimitri Simanovskiy .... interpreter (as Dimitry Simanovsky)
Kira Sinelshikova .... interpreter (as Kira Sinelschikova)
Galina Smirnova .... customs coordinator
Natalya Smirnova .... location manager
Mark Soar .... caterer
Amie Stamp .... production runner
D.M. Thomas .... translator: Tatyana and Onegin's letters
Kirsty Tisdell .... unit nurse
Becky Veduccio .... assistant to executive producer
Maxim Volodin .... assistant location manager
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Emma Williams .... unit nurse
Elenor Yanbukhtina .... coordinator
Aleksei Zveryov .... location manager (as Alexi Zverev)
Mike Adler .... the producers would like to thank
Mark Devereux .... the producers would like to thank
Sophie Fiennes .... the director would like to thank
Nigel Green .... the producers would like to thank
John Guy .... the producers would like to thank
Duncan Heath .... special thanks
Tim Helfet .... the producers would like to thank
Gerry Humphreys .... the producers would like to thank
Kerry Kholer .... the producers would like to thank
Lotte Klemperer .... the producers would like to thank
Bryan Lourd .... the producers would like to thank
Paul Olliver .... the producers would like to thank
John Ptak .... the producers would like to thank
Keith Samples .... the producers would like to thank
Simon P Thorp .... thanks
George Tiffin .... the director would like to thank
Anja Tita .... the director would like to thank

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Rated R for brief violence and a sexual image
106 min
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The song played at Tatiana's Naming Day feast is "On the Hills of Manchuria". It is not a folk song. It was written in 1906 by Ilya Shatrov, bandmaster of 214 Mokshansky infantry regiment, after tragical events of Russian-Japanese war.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Tatyana Larina:[writing letter] Dearest Evgeny, I write to you, it is all I can do. And now I know it is in your power to punish my presuming heart. Yet if you have one drop of pity, you'll not abandon me to my unhappy fate. I am in love with you and I must tell you this or my heart...See more »
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52 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
interesting romantic drama, 18 August 2000
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Fine performances highlight `Onegin,' a generally interesting version of Pushkin's complex love story whose contemporary significance shines through the tortured souls of its two main characters. Ralph Fiennes stars in the title role as a 19th Century Russian aristocrat who, like many similar figures in Russian literature of that time, suffers from the attenuating effects of enervation and ennui. Though the recipient of vast sums of wealth and property at the death of his uncle, Onegin finds no meaning or solace in life as he lives it. He is as bored by the stifling superficiality of the privileged elite languishing in splendor in the fancy halls and glittering ballrooms of cosmopolitan St. Petersburg as he is by the domestic dreariness of the provincials residing in the bucolic countryside where one of his uncle's vast estates is located. In the latter setting, while visiting Vladimir - a poet he has recently befriended - Onegin becomes drawn to Tatyana the beautiful younger sister of the man's fiancé. Both Onegin and Tatyana reflect a remarkably modern sensibility in their temperaments. For instance, though the attraction between the two is a mutual one, it is Tatyana who makes the first move, pouring out her unbridled love for this newcomer in a letter which Onegin politely rejects because he fears the deadening of the soul that he believes will inevitably accompany marriage and fidelity. One can't get much more contemporary in tone than these two characters, one stepping well out of the accustomed bounds accorded her sex in affairs of romance and the other reflecting the fear of commitment that is such a staple of modern times. Yet, fate plays its cruelest hand at the end, as Onegin finds himself, years later, trapped in an ironic role reversal as the now-married Tatyana is forced to rebuff the advances of the obsessed, lovelorn man whom she still admits to loving. As in many bleak works of Russian literature, the character is forced to live out his existence in a hell of his own making, suffering the torment of regret without end.

The personal drama unfolds against the fascinating backdrop of the subtly changing society of 19th Century Russia, a country that, then and now, has seemed to be always several centuries behind its European neighbors in its moves towards liberalization in the areas of basic human and civil rights. We see clearly the struggle between the empty ritualism and entrenched barbarism of the past, as reflected in the continuing institution of serfdom and in gun duels fought over affairs of honor, and the enlightened philosophy of the coming world, as many young aristocrats begin to champion both the abolition of serfdom and the growing acceptance of love as the foundation of marriage. Indeed, the two young lovers cannot extricate themselves from the entanglements that often accompany a time unsure of its traditions. Onegin, for all his talk about freeing his serfs, is himself forced to participate in a duel that both horrifies and disgusts him. And Tatyana, for all her comments about only marrying a man she loves, succumbs to the pressure of tradition, ultimately agreeing to a marriage based on class, money and position. Here are two people caught in a world not yet ready for them, who are forced to settle for the compromises their society has deemed fit and proper.

This well-acted, well-written and well-directed film may seem a bit slow at times, but the intelligence of the dialogue, the subtle underplaying of the cast and the quiet beauty of much of the direction lead us into a strange world of the past that still has resonance and relevance for the world of today.

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