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Anna Karenina (2012)

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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric MacLennan ...
Theo Morrissey ...
Grisha Oblonsky
Cecily Morrissey ...
Lili Oblonsky
Freya Galpin ...
Masha Oblonsky
Octavia Morrissey ...
Tanya Oblonsky
Beatrice Morrissey ...
Vasya Oblonsky
Marine Battier ...
Mlle. Roland
Aruhan Galieva ...
Carl Grose ...
Bryan Hands ...
Mikhail Slyudin


In 1874, in the Imperial Russia, the aristocratic Anna Karenina travels from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to save the marriage of her brother Prince Oblonsky, who had had a love affair with his housemaid. Anna Karenina has a cold marriage with her husband, Count Alexei Karenin, and they have a son. Anna meets the cavalry officer Count Vronsky at the train station and they feel attracted by each other. Soon she learns that Vronsky will propose to Kitty, who is the younger sister of her sister-in-law Dolly. Anna satisfactorily resolves the infidelity case of her brother and Kitty invites her to stay for the ball. However, Anna Karenina and Vronsky dance in the ball, calling the attention of the conservative society. Soon they have a love affair that will lead Anna Karenina to a tragic fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 September 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ana Karenjina  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$320,690, 18 November 2012, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Saoirse Ronan was offered the role of Kitty but turned it down in order to star in Byzantium (2012) and The Host (2013). Her reasoning for turning down the film was its long production schedule which would have required her to turn down movie roles from Fall 2011 to late Spring 2012 in order to film what would have ended up as a supporting role. By turning down the role, she was able to take the lead role in two films. She was replaced by Alicia Vikander. See more »


Throughout the film every time Anna's son's name is spoken, it is uniformly mispronounced in four syllables using some wrong phonemes, whereas in Russian his name has three syllables. See more »


Alexei Karenin: Do you think I would let you have my son?
Alexei Karenin: You are depraved!
Alexei Karenin: A woman without honor!
Alexei Karenin: And this is what you want!
Alexei Karenin: Do you know what you want?
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Crazy Credits

Count Vronsky is misspelled as "Vronksy" in the end credits. See more »


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What Did I Just See
21 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I wanted to see Tolstoy but instead I thought I saw Mel Brooks. This movie could be renamed Springtime For Anna. Except it wasn't funny.

A great cast poorly used in a pretentious adaptation.

Jude Law did well with the material given. Keira Knightley, always a pleasure to look at, was miscast in this one. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Vronsky reminded me of Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein.

The switch from stage play scenario to movie scenario only confused the plot.

Thank God Tolstoy is not alive to seek legal recourse.

I wonder how IMDb could give this film a 7.0.

Some nice visuals all that can be said in its defense.

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