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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 & 4 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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The most amazing conspiracy the world has ever known, and love as it never happened to a man and woman before! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

One of the characters mentions the "Mad Monk". He is referring to Grigory Rasputin, the infamous Siberian monk who worked for a time in the royal court as a healer to Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II's son and Anastasia's brother. He was thought to be able somehow to control the prince's hemophilia, and was said to have enormous -- and many said undue -- influence over the Tsarina Alexandra because of it. His controversial life ended with his murder, supposedly by other members of the royal family. See more »

Quotes

Boris Adreivich Chernov: ...and that woman is too too something! Too crazy, too clever, too tricky!
General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine: I don't care what she is! The important thing is that she fits!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: PARIS 1928

RUSSIAN EASTER See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.65 (2009) See more »

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Marche de Bataille
Written by Carl Christian Møller
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Very positive about this film.
5 April 2002 | by stombergSee all my reviews

This is a film that should be re-released. I mean at the motion picture theaters besides video and DVD. Nothing changed. Ingrid Bergman, Helen Hayes and Yul Brynner do superlative acting performances and the direction, music and the cinematography just could not be duplicated, in my opinion.

Other films have been redone with contemporary actors, some successful and some not so.

It would be very difficult to improve on this one. I have seen this film a few times over the past forty years and I appreciate it more and more.

Wish we could have more quality cinema like it!


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