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Anna Karenina (1985)

Tragic Anna leaves her cold husband for dashing Count Vronsky in 19th-century Russia.

Director:

Simon Langton

Writers:

James Goldman, Leo Tolstoy (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Anna Karenina
Christopher Reeve ... Count Vronsky
Paul Scofield ... Karenin
Ian Ogilvy ... Stiva
Anna Massey ... Betsy
Joanna David ... Dolly
Judi Bowker ... Kitty
Valerie Lush Valerie Lush ... Annushka
Judy Campbell ... Countess Vronsky
Paul Geoffrey ... Petritsky
Neil Amswych Neil Amswych ... Seryozha
Nicholas Selby ... Doctor
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen ... Mikhail
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ... Volodya
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ... Grisha
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Storyline

A brief meeting at the Moscow train station and the dashing officer in the Russian Army is captivated by the beautiful woman who has been his mother's companion on the trip from St. Petersburg. Back in St. Petersburg, they seem to be on the same social circuit. People are talking even before there is anything to talk about. When Vronsky falls from his horse one afternoon and Anna Karenina and her husband are among the spectators, she rushes to Vronsky's side. What will happen now that their secret love is no secret any more? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ana Karenina See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Christopher Reeve, in his autobiography "Still Me", claimed that in this movie he learned how to ride a horse and fell in love with them, which eventually led him to his tragic accident falling from a horse in 1995. See more »

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Disappointed
14 June 2004 | by LHartnessSee all my reviews

As a Christopher Reeve fan and one who is in the middle of reading the Leo Tolstoy novel, I was excited to see this rendition of "Anna". Although it was good to see Chris in his pre-accident years, the movie was fairly weak. The soundtrack doesn't hold up well almost 20 years later, and the writing isn't great. They virtually ignore the storyline involving Levin and Kitty, and I didn't find Bissette's performance to be very riveting. However, Paul Scofield did an excellent job as Karenin-- I actually felt some empathy for him.

A better version of this story was done in 1997 with Sophie Marceau ("The World Is Not Enough") and Sean Bean ("Lord of the Rings"). There is far more chemistry between those two actors, and the quality of the movie should hold up better over time.


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