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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.
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1986  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter the Great See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Maximilian Schell, presuming there were hidden microphones in the Russian hotel rooms, preceded every rehearsal with a preamble that the following was a rehearsal and not espionage. See more »

Connections

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

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A wonderful movie
9 June 2006 | by Louisville88See all my reviews

Vanessa Redgrave plays a brilliantly wicked Sophia in this mini epic. I just purchased this film and watched all 6 1/2 hours in one setting and believe me, it didn't feel that long. The acting was good, and the story kept my interest. I'm surprised Maximilian Schell wasn't nominated for an emmy. Redgrave, as I stated, was just wicked and her facial movements were classic and evil as she watched Peter move up. I would greatly recommend this film for anyone. I've never been interested in Peter the Great, so this was a very interesting film that, as I've read, was full of falsehoods, which most bio pics are. I will admit that I purchased this because of Redgrave and so didn't know what to expect. It was, once again, a great film. Also, whoever did the make-up deserved that win, if i remember correctly, because when they aged Redgrave she looks exactly the way she does now. A must see for anyone with a free day.


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