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Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Horror | 6 April 1966 (USA)
The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery", Rasputin. Although not quite historically accurate, and little emphasis is put on the politics of the day, Rasputin's rise to ... See full summary »

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Don Sharp

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Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Grigori Rasputin
Barbara Shelley ... Sonia
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ... Dr. Zargo
Francis Matthews ... Ivan
Suzan Farmer ... Vanessa
Dinsdale Landen ... Peter
Renée Asherson ... Tsarina (as Renee Asherson)
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Innkeeper
Joss Ackland ... The Bishop
Robert Duncan Robert Duncan ... Tsarvitch
Alan Tilvern Alan Tilvern ... Patron
John Welsh ... The Abbot
John Bailey ... The Physician
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Storyline

The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery", Rasputin. Although not quite historically accurate, and little emphasis is put on the politics of the day, Rasputin's rise to power and eventual assassination are depicted in an attempt to explain his extraordinary power and influence. Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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Ladies' Man - And Lady Killer! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Byakuya no in-jû See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

As a young boy, Sir Christopher Lee met the assassins of Rasputin (Prince Yusupoff and Dmitri Pavlovich). He also met Rasputin's daughter, Maria in 1976. She told Lee that he had her father's "expression". See more »

Goofs

Rasputin was killed in the following manner. He was poisoned then the body was thrown into the Malaya Nevka River not thrown out of a window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doctor: No point in me staying here any longer. Keep her warm. If she recovers consciousness, give her a little brandy.
Innkeeper: And if she doesn't, doctor?
Doctor: Send for the priest.
Innkeeper: Oh God.
Doctor: Nothing more I can do.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove shots of a man's acid-scarred face and to shorten the love scene between Rasputin and Sonia, and VHS releases featured the same cut print. The cuts were restored in the 2003 Warner DVD and all subsequent releases. See more »

Connections

Version of Rasputin, Demon with Women (1932) See more »

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Works best as a Christopher Lee vehicle.
16 February 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

This viewer is not surprised to learn that this Hammer production is far from being an accurate portrayal of the real-life Russian peasant monk. It's to be expected that for the sake of a good show that films such as this will play fast and loose with the facts. However, it must be said that this IS a damn good show. Lee is allowed the chance to really cut loose for once, and he does a marvelous job of going over the top as the lusty, life-of-the-party Rasputin, who has genuine healing abilities but also a very conniving and self-serving nature. After gaining some attention for curing a sick woman, he soon finds a means of manipulating his way into the royal family of early 20th century Czarist Russia. Naturally, there are those who aren't fooled by him and will seek to destroy him once they have the chance. The Hammer studio does an immaculate job, as always, in recreating the sights and sounds of a period piece. Top talents such as production designer Bernard Robinson and (supervising) editor James Needs are at the top of their game. Don Banks composed the very unsubtle, thunderous music score, which does come in handy when Rasputin is required to make an entrance. The excellent cast includes beautiful Barbara Shelley and Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews, Dinsdale Landen, Renee Asherson, Derek Francis, and Joss Ackland; other than Lee, the performer that really stands out is Richard Pasco as Dr. Bruno Zargo, an alcoholic who becomes putty in the hands of the mad Rasputin. Lee himself is a delight, his rich voice booming with authority. He simply commands the screen, and keeps the right insane, evil glint in his eyes at all times. The most entertaining of all the scenes is one in which a furious Landen unthinkingly rushes into a confrontation with Lee only to find himself outmatched. The final battle is an exciting one, with Rasputin proving to be exceedingly difficult to finish off. Overall, this isn't top drawer Hammer, but it's still quite enjoyable, and worth a viewing for fans of the studio and star. Seven out of 10.


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