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Anna (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 November 1987 (USA)
Anna is a middle-aged actress looking for work in New York City, with the help of her sometime lover, Daniel. She used to be a Czech film star married to the director Tonda, who is now ... See full summary »


Yurek Bogayevicz


Yurek Bogayevicz (story), Agnieszka Holland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Kirkland ... Anna
Robert Fields Robert Fields ... Daniel
Paulina Porizkova ... Krystyna
Gibby Brand ... Director #1
John Robert Tillotson John Robert Tillotson ... Director #2
Julianne Gilliam Julianne Gilliam ... Woman Author
Joe Aufiery Joe Aufiery ... Stage Manager
Lance Davis ... Assistant #1
Deirdre O'Connell ... Assistant #2
Ruth Maleczech ... Woman #1 / Woman Named Gloria
Holly Villaire Holly Villaire ... Woman #2 / Woman with Bird
Shirl Bernheim Shirl Bernheim ... Woman #3 / Woman in White Veil
Renée Coleman ... Woman #4 / Woman in Bonnet
Gabrielle Made ... Woman #5 / Woman in Black (as Gabriela Farrar)
Jordana Levine Jordana Levine ... Woman #6 / Woman in Turban


Anna is a middle-aged actress looking for work in New York City, with the help of her sometime lover, Daniel. She used to be a Czech film star married to the director Tonda, who is now successfully making commercials in New York. After the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, Anna was imprisoned and eventually exiled. Anna takes in the young girl Krystyna, who has just arrived from Czechoslovakia, and speaks no English. Anna and Daniel help Krystyna learn English and start a promising acting career. However, the only job Anna can find is as an understudy. Written by Will Gilbert

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Lately, she's been contemplating love, exile, murder, and acting.




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Did You Know?


The film is loosely based on the life of Polish actress Elzbieta Czyzewska, who had trouble establishing herself as an actress in New York after fleeing her homeland. She made a comeback after the film's release, winning an Obie Award for her performance in the play "Crowbar," and appearing in movies like Running on Empty (1988) and Music Box (1989). See more »


Anna: Sir, if you don't mind would you let me do improvisation on the text. I'm not very good talking about my sex life.
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Featured in The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) See more »

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Kirkland was robbed
22 February 2008 | by jakephallSee all my reviews

Sally Kirkland is standout in this character driven drama. This film is what great films are all about, they tell great stories about people and get you thinking.

The script is fantastic and Kirkland is heart breaking. The film should be far better remembered than it is and film schools should use it in class.

Kirkland should have won the Oscar and had the film had better distribution and some more money behind it, she would have, but CHER had a huge campaign behind her for Moonstruck.

Kirkland is under rated and her two best roles since ANNA have failed to get distribution:

What's up Scarlet and Norma Jean, Jack, and Me.

A must see for film fans and those who love actors...

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28 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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