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Peter the Great 

Biopic of Peter I, Czar of Russia, from childhood in 1682 to the Great Northern War against Sweden during the 1700s.




Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Maximilian Schell ...  Peter the Great 4 episodes, 1986
Vanessa Redgrave ...  Sophia 4 episodes, 1986
Omar Sharif ...  Prince Feodor Romodanovsky 4 episodes, 1986
Trevor Howard ...  Sir Isaac Newton 4 episodes, 1986
Laurence Olivier ...  King William III of Orange 4 episodes, 1986
Helmut Griem ...  Alexander Menshikov 4 episodes, 1986
Jan Niklas ...  Young Peter the Great 4 episodes, 1986
Elke Sommer ...  Charlotte 4 episodes, 1986
Renée Soutendijk ...  Anna Mons 4 episodes, 1986
Ursula Andress ...  Athalie 4 episodes, 1986
Mel Ferrer ...  Frederick 4 episodes, 1986
Hanna Schygulla ...  Catherine Skevronskaya 4 episodes, 1986
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ...  Shafirov 4 episodes, 1986
Günther Maria Halmer ...  Count Tolstoy 4 episodes, 1986
Olegar Fedoro ...  Boyar Lopukhin 4 episodes, 1986
Jan Malmsjö ...  Patriarch 4 episodes, 1986
Lilli Palmer ...  Natalya 4 episodes, 1986
Geoffrey Whitehead ...  Prince Vasily Golitsyn 4 episodes, 1986
Jeremy Kemp ...  Col. Patrick Gordon 4 episodes, 1986
Vladimir Ilin Vladimir Ilin ...  Earl Sheremetief 4 episodes, 1986
Boris Plotnikov ...  Alexis 4 episodes, 1986
Roman Filippov ...  Danilo Menshikov 4 episodes, 1986
Vsevolod Larionov ...  Prince Sukhorukov 4 episodes, 1986
Algis Arlauskas ...  Father Theodosius 4 episodes, 1986
Walter Buschhoff ...  Silvestre Mons 4 episodes, 1986
Christoph Eichhorn ...  Karl XII, King of Sweden 4 episodes, 1986
Lyubov Germanova Lyubov Germanova ...  Afrosina 4 episodes, 1986
Burkhard Heyl Burkhard Heyl ...  Count Piper 4 episodes, 1986
Natalya Andreychenko ...  Eudoxia 4 episodes, 1986
Graham McGrath ...  10 Year Old Peter 4 episodes, 1986
Nikolay Lazarev ...  Ivan 4 episodes, 1986
Tolly Thwaites Tolly Thwaites ...  Boy Alexis 4 episodes, 1986
Ulli Philipp ...  Louise 4 episodes, 1986
Denis DeMarne Denis DeMarne ...  Old Peter the Great 4 episodes, 1986
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen 4 episodes, 1986
Carl Duering 4 episodes, 1986
Michael MacKenzie Michael MacKenzie 4 episodes, 1986
Vera Kharybina 4 episodes, 1986
George Murcell 4 episodes, 1986
Anton Ragulin Anton Ragulin 4 episodes, 1986
Boris Shcherbakov 4 episodes, 1986
Heinz Weiss Heinz Weiss ...  Austrian doctor 4 episodes, 1986
Ann Zacharias 4 episodes, 1986
Dmitriy Chernigovskiy Dmitriy Chernigovskiy ...  Michael Menshikov 4 episodes, 1986
Cameron Austin Schiller Cameron Austin Schiller ...  Boy in Castle 4 episodes, 1986


This is the story of Peter I, Czar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia, and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the efforts of Peter in transforming Russia in an "all European" country, importing scientists, costumes, technology, and military tactics. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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The Epic Saga of a True Visionary ...


Did You Know?


Maximilian Schell depicts the turbulent events occurring during the shooting of this mini-series in his autobiographical novel "Der Rebell" (written in 1997). Written from the point-of-view of an actor (Schell), who particularly suffered because of the harassments of his replaced director Kevin Kramsky (a nom de plume for Marvin J. Chomsky) who is therefore killed by the actor at the end of the novel. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ron Reagan/The Nelsons (1986) See more »

User Reviews

impressive fresco
19 March 2014 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

for accuracy and for acting. for care for details and music. sure, for Maximilien Schell in one of his greatest roles. a film like a history lesson, who escapes from artistic temptation effects for present a character and his period, the huge pieces of a work and the life as alive parable. a film about transition and ambitions.and about lessons of a manner to transform a society. far to be a pink picture, it is a good example about the force of accuracy.great cast, wise script. a show and little more. because it present more than a page of Russian history but a portrait of a struggle. a seductive mini-series. and a great occasion for discover the freshness of history air history.

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Release Date:

2 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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NBC Productions See more »
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(4 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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