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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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Trivia

Amy Irving was so impressed with Christian Bale that she recommended him to her then-husband Steven Spielberg, who was casting the lead for his next project, Empire of the Sun (1987). Spielberg gave Bale the lead role. The film received mixed reviews, but Bale was universally praised. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Version of Anastasia (1967) See more »

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Entertaining but more like a fairytale than history
8 May 2007 | by aussiebrisguySee all my reviews

There can be no doubt that this was an entertaining piece to watch. It had a mixed ability cast with many of the main roles very badly miscast. The pre revolution scenes were too sickly sweet for words. I think the real Anastasia would have found them difficult to stomach. The whole series was loosely based on Peter Kurth's book on "Anastasia". It would have been so much better, given the huge budget, if it had been more historically accurate. It is more Mills and Boon than serious drama. It was more a love story between Anna Anderson and Prince Eric than an accurate account. I would have liked to have seen more about the trials. An interesting drama would have not painted the other side all bad like this did. I guess there was an agenda established from the very beginning that there was no possibility of denying that Anna was not Anastasia. That is where the whole thing disintegrates, sadly.


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