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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Czar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Jayston ... Nicholas
Janet Suzman ... Alexandra
Roderic Noble Roderic Noble ... Alexis
Ania Marson ... Olga
Lynne Frederick ... Tatiana
Candace Glendenning ... Marie
Fiona Fullerton ... Anastasia
Harry Andrews ... Grand Duke Nicholas (Nikolasha)
Irene Worth ... The Queen Mother Marie Fedorovna
Tom Baker ... Rasputin
Jack Hawkins ... Count Fredericks
Timothy West ... Dr. Botkin
Katherine Schofield ... Tegleva
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Gilliard
John Hallam ... Nagorny
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Storyline

The tragic story of Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the last Czar of Russia, set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. It is an inside look into the private lives of Nicholas and his wife Alexandra (Janet Suzman), their daughters, their only son, and the painful secret about their son and heir apparent which bound the Imperial Couple to the mystical Grigori Rasputin (Tom Baker), and the eventual execution of the entire family. Written by Gailene Va. Holley <gvah@lava.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

...is the story of the love that changed the world forever!


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German | Russian

Release Date:

13 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nicholas and Alexandra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Horizon Pictures (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (UK release)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter O'Toole was asked to play Grigori Rasputin, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

There was no witness reports or statements claiming that Grand Duchess Tatiana flashed her breasts at a guard. See more »

Quotes

Tsarina Alexandra: I want my things. I want my pictures and my scrapbooks. I want...
Alexander Kerensky: Frau Romanov, you have kept your hat. You should be grateful.
Tsar Nicholas II: Come along. It doesn't matter.
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Crazy Credits

"By courtesy of the National Theatre of G.B." is written underneath Tom Baker and Laurence Olivier's names in the end credits. "By courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company" is written underneath Janet Suzman's name. See more »

Alternate Versions

In a capsule review of the film dated 30 July 1972, when it had been on general release in the USA for 7 months, New York Times critic Vincent Canby comments, "the film has been cut by approximately 15 minutes since it originally opened, though the ads don't say so." He does not make clear what footage has been trimmed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Music and Words by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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a truly grand epic...
27 October 2005 | by hamlet-16See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film in its uncut theatrical form in 70mm.

It was breathtaking.

The performances, music, sets and costumes were overwhelming. But most of all I remember the tremendous sense of doom that pervades the film and the sense of lost chances to avoid catastrophe, both for Russia and for the royal family.

There are certainly historical inaccuracies but ultimately they do not get in the way of central theme of the film: the genuine love story between Nicholas and Alexandra. (Nicholas was only able to marry Alexandra because his father Tsar Alexander III relented on his deathbed despite substantial objections of the court and and Tsarina to Alexandra.) Michael Jayston and Janet Suzmann are superb in the title roles bringing a heartrending portrayal of two people in love but totally out of their depth ruling the great Russian empire.

The final moments of the film remain amongst the most terrifying and memorable of any film I have seen.

I recommend this film to any lover of fine film making.


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