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.
The Great Romantic Enigma of the Twentieth Century
Did You Know?
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
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
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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