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Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Horror | 6 April 1966 (USA)
Thrown out of his monestary for licentious and drunken behaviour, Rasputin travels to St Petersburg to try his luck. Through a daliance with one of the czarina's ladies in waiting he soon ... See full summary »

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Don Sharp

Writer:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Grigori Rasputin
Barbara Shelley ... Sonia
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 ... Patron
John Welsh ... The Abbot
John Bailey ... The Physician
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Storyline

Thrown out of his monestary for licentious and drunken behaviour, Rasputin travels to St Petersburg to try his luck. Through a daliance with one of the czarina's ladies in waiting he soon gains influence at court with his powers of healing and of hypnotism. But he also makes enemies who wish to see him dead. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Ladies' Man - And Lady Killer! See more »


Certificate:

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

Francis Matthews (Ivan) and Suzan Farmer (Vanessa) played siblings. In Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), they played a married couple, Charles and Diana Kent. See more »

Goofs

The landlord in the start of the film did not cross himself properly,( head right left chest) he does it in the Catholic manner. 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 BBFC made the following cuts to this to this film for Uk theatrical release:
  • (a) the Rasputin/Sonia love scene was shortened to end on the shot of Rasputin tearing open the back of Sonia's dress. The uncut version continues the scene for another 20s climaxing as she gets into bed and Rasputin pulls the blanket off her (unseen) naked body.
  • (b) Two shots were shortened in the scene in which Peter is disfigured by acid in order to remove close shots of Peter's scarred face.
  • The severed hand shots were never cut by the BBFC having been waived following appeals by Hammer.
  • The R1 and R2 DVD's are uncut. The older UK VHS releases from Lumiere and Studio Canal are the cut theatrical version.
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Featured in The Many Faces of Christopher Lee (1996) See more »

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Historically inaccurate hokum which Christopher Lee fans will adore!
5 April 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

It goes without saying that Hammer's look at the infamous Rasputin is historically inaccurate and should NOT be watched by anyone looking for a history lesson. But who cares when a movie is this damn entertaining? Hammer vet Christopher Lee has an absolute ball playing the wine-guzzling, womanizing Russian mystic and con-man. This role really lets Lee cut loose from his Dracula persona and he takes full advantage of it, leering, laughing, boozing, even dancing! Christopher Lee fans will absolutely lap this movie up! I wouldn't say it was his best performance, but it's certainly one of his most enjoyable. The cast also includes some familiar faces, and Barbara Shelley ('Village Of The Damned', 'Quatermass and the Pit') is particularly fine, as is Richard Pasco as Zargo, the disgraced alcoholic doctor who Rasputin manipulates for his own ends. I can honestly say I've only seen one of two duds made by Hammer, and this is certainly not one of them. It's a bit of a potboiler I suppose, but a very good one, with strong production values, and overall it's a lot of fun and Lee is magnificent! Recommended to Hammer, and most especially, Christopher Lee fans.


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