In 1920s Berlin, suicidal asylum patient Anna Anderson (Amy Irving) claims to be Anastasia Romanov, the supposedly dead daughter of the last Czar 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 amongst them. This skepticism soon turns into mutual animosity.
The Great Romantic Enigma of the Twentieth Century
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In 1918, while held captive by "moderate" guards, Alexandra says Nicholas' mother is "safe in England". In real life, the Queen Mother arrived in the U.K. in 1919, the year after the Romanov family's deaths. See more
Is that a threat, your highness?
Grand Duke Cyril Romanov
No, it's an expression of intent.
Version of Anastasia