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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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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

At the time this was filmed, no one knew whether or not Anna Andersen was the Grand Duchess Anastasia. The truth came out after Andersen died, when DNA tests proved she was not. See more »

Goofs

In 1917, when Anastasia is on the Siberia-bound train talking to her brother, Alexi, she says Britain's Prince Edward (later King Edward VIII) is "exactly my age." Edward VIII was born in 1894; Anastasia was born in 1901. See more »

Quotes

Clara (madwoman): My name is Clara. There are a lot of crazy people around here. But I'm not one of them. I'm exactly like you.
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Version of Anastasia (1956) See more »

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Superb telling of the legendary story with excellent cast...
22 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This is a richly produced, atmospheric telling of the Anastasia legend set against the time of the Russian revolution. It has the look of an authentic, handsome movie of the kind made during the golden age of Hollywood. In the title role, Amy Irving gives what is probably one of the finest performances of her career. Others around her are equally impressive: Rex Harrison, Olivia de Havilland, Claire Bloom, Omar Shariff, Jan Niklas and Susan Lucci.

The epic story begins with the start of the revolution and the exile of the family of Nicolas and Alexandra. After fleeing execution, the story follows Anastasia's years of struggle to regain her royal heritage--and the opposition of forces around her who call her an imposter.

Winner of two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and much acclaim from critics and public upon its video showing in 1986. Well worth viewing.


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