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Great Catherine (1968)

G | | Comedy | 6 December 1968 (UK)
Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole), and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is ... See full summary »

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Gordon Flemyng
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Capt. Charles Edstaston
Zero Mostel ... Potemkin
Jeanne Moreau ... Catherine
Jack Hawkins ... The British Ambassador
Akim Tamiroff ... Sergeant
Marie Lohr ... Dowager Lady Gorse
Marie Kean ... Princess Dashkoff
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Naryshkin
Angela Scoular ... Claire
Kate O'Mara ... Varinka
Gerald Lawson Gerald Lawson
Lea Seidl Lea Seidl ... Grand Duchess
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... General Pskov
Norma Foster Norma Foster ... Mongol
James Mellor James Mellor ... Colonel Pugachov
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Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole), and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is brought to the imperial court to seek audience with the empress Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). He obtains an interview with her courtier, the drunken Potemkin (Zero Mostel), who ends up carrying him in his arms to the empress and dumping him into her royal bed. From this moment on, the hapless Edstaston endeavours to escape from the clutches of the sex-crazed empress and leave the city with his English fiancée. Written by cocoken

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By day she was Catherine the Queen. By night she was Catherine the Great.

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Comedy

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UK

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Catalina la Grande See more »

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Keep Films See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)
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The last line of the the end credits reads: "With Scobie As The Ambassador's Dog". Scobie, the English bulldog, was actor Peter O'Toole's own dog. See more »

Quotes

Catherine: Let me help you, captain. If only to show you that a Russian savage can be kinder than an English one. Though I'm sorry to say that I'm German.
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Crazy Credits

The last line of the end credits reads: "With Scobie As The Ambassador's Dog". See more »

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Version of Young Catherine (1991) See more »

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A Super Russian Sized Dose Of Off Beat Movie for all of you my Little Angel Mother's & Father Darlings!
14 July 2001 | by alphaspaceSee all my reviews

This is an off beat movie against which you can measure all others my little cherubs, my little angels, my little white ducks. Yes this one is Zanny, Odd, Wild and, quite well done. The Music is so awesome to it I'd love to have a soundtrack. The sets are lavish and, the people wild. Unlike the Soviet era russians these guys and, ladies could rock they knew how to throw a party.

This is another of the movies I love that has no moral at the end its just fun to watch. But unlike other mindless movies this movie does at least engage you on a few different levels of throught. Potemkin is the best act in the whole movie as he stays politically drunk through the whole picture. If it were available on video or DVD I would say its a must have but alas the folk that make these decisions has not released it on DVD / video yet.... When they do you should order yours right away so you can be in line right after me.


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