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Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986)

Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only "surviving" child of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia.

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky

Writers:

James Goldman, Peter Kurth (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Irving ... Anna Anderson
Olivia de Havilland ... Dowager Empress Maria
Jan Niklas ... Prince Erich
Nicolas Surovy ... Serge Markov
Susan Lucci ... Darya Romanoff
Elke Sommer ... Isabel Von Hohenstauffen
Edward Fox ... Dr. Hauser
Claire Bloom ... Czarina Alexandra
Omar Sharif ... Czar Nicholas II
Rex Harrison ... Grand Duke Cyril Romanov
Jennifer Dundas ... Anastasia
Christian Bale ... Alexei
Andrea Bretterbauer Andrea Bretterbauer ... Sonya Markov
Sydney Bromley ... Herbert
Arnold Diamond ... Dr. Markov
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Storyline

In 1920s Berlin, suicidal asylum patient Anna Anderson claims to be Anastasia Romanov, the supposedly dead daughter of the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, who was dethroned and murdered by the communists along with his entire immediate family during the Russian Revolution. She is so convincing in her descriptions of her life on the court and how she escaped the communist purge that, after leaving the asylum, she slowly gains followers willing to believe her story. However, the surviving members of the Romanov family who now live in exile are not among them. This skepticism soon turns into mutual animosity.

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The Great Romantic Enigma of the Twentieth Century


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Country:

USA | Austria | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anastasia See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rex Harrison had turned down a similar role in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971). See more »

Goofs

The caption that says "Berlin, 1923" should say "Berlin, 1920". See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Is that a threat, your highness?
Grand Duke Cyril Romanov: No, it's an expression of intent.
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Connections

Version of Anastasia (1956) See more »

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story of a myth
29 July 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

long time, I was very critic about this film. for its status of one of many films in Hallmark style. for a predictable story who could be presented in better manner. and long time I perceived as only good thing the performance of Olivia de Havilland. but the new technology is the best enemy of prejudices. it is not great. but it is beautiful. Amy Irving does an admirable job and Omar Shariff gives one of the most interesting Nicholas II portraits. and, sure, it is almost a crime to ignore Christian Bale in the role of Alexei , if you really are his fan. but, more important, it is a coherent story. and useful adaptation of a case who impress not for its last verdict but for the circle of illusions. story of a myth, it is one of films who gives more than a historical sketch but who reminds the wounds of a period.


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