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Anastasia (1956)

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An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Arthur Laurents (screenplay), Marcelle Maurette (play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Anna Koreff
Yul Brynner ... General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine
Helen Hayes ... Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna
Akim Tamiroff ... Boris Adreivich Chernov
Martita Hunt ... Baroness Elena von Livenbaum
Felix Aylmer ... Chamberlain
Sacha Pitoëff ... Piotr Ivanovich Petrovin (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Ivan Desny ... Prince Paul von Haraldberg
Natalie Schafer ... Irina Lissemskaia
Grégoire Gromoff Grégoire Gromoff ... Stepan (as Gregoire Gromoff)
Karel Stepanek ... Mikhail Vlados
Ina De La Haye ... Marusia (as Ina de la Haye)
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Maxime
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Storyline

Russian exiles in Paris plot to collect ten million pounds from the Bank of England by grooming a destitute, suicidal girl to pose as heir to the Russian throne. While Bounin is coaching her he comes to believe she is really Anastasia. In the end the Empress must decide her claim. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Yul Brynner as the arch-conspirator See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anastasia, la princesa vagabunda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,520,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Crawl during the opening credits: "In 1917, the Russian dynasty -- rulers of Imperial Russia -- were overthrown by revolution. Some of the nobility and their followers fled to safety but the Tsar, his wife and children were imprisoned and then shot, in 1918. Shortly after, there were strange whispers that one of the family had escaped and was still alive. In the weeks, months, years that followed, the whispers grew louder and louder. And then a woman appeared, a woman who was said to be the youngest daughter of the last Tsar, her Imperial Highness, the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Only she, if she is still alive, knows the truth behind the story you are about to see." See more »

Quotes

Anastasia: The poor have only one advantage; they know when they are loved for themselves.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: PARIS 1928

RUSSIAN EASTER See more »

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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Wildfeuer Polka
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss Jr.)
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Royal Fairy Tale
7 September 2001 | by mermattSee all my reviews

Based on the legend about the sole-surviving daughter of Russia's last Czar, this film is very well done with an excellent cast, international locations, and an evocative soundtrack.

This was Bergman's return to American film after being shunned for having an extra-marital affair at a time when America was caught in the height of self-righteous McCarthyism. She proved that she could still hold the screen even with the likes of her very powerful co-stars.

The story follows the progression of a lost soul from suicidal depths to resurrection as a lost princess and concludes as a fairy tale. The elderly empress points out at the end that the play is over -- go home.


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