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Young Catherine (1991)

A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

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Michael Anderson

Writer:

Chris Bryant
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Empress Elizabeth
Christopher Plummer ... Sir Charles
Franco Nero ... Count Vorontsov
Marthe Keller ... Johanna
Maximilian Schell ... Frederick the Great
Julia Ormond ... Catherine
Mark Frankel Mark Frankel ... Count Gregory Orlov
Reece Dinsdale ... Grand Duke Peter
Anna Kanakis ... Countess Vorontsova
John Shrapnel ... Archimandrite Todorsky
Hartmut Becker ... Catherine's Father
Alexander Kerst ... Prussian Ambassador
Laurie Holden ... Princess Deshkova
Katharine Schlesinger ... Elizabeth Vorontsova
Katya Galitzine Katya Galitzine ... Maria Choglokov
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Storyline

The action begins in the small German principality, where we meet with the German princess Sophia Augustus Frederica. She is brought to the Russian Empire, where she is forced to accept Orthodoxy and is given a new name "Ekaterina Alekseevna". The luxury and grandeur of the northern capital, intrigue, love and humiliation - all this is still ahead. Through it all passes the young Prussian princess. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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A Jovem Catarina See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Both Julia Ormond and Vanessa Redgrave have played Guinevere, Ormond in First Knight (1995) and Redgrave in Camelot (1967). See more »

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Gregory Orlov was not the father of Catherine's son Paul. In her memoirs, Catherine implied that Paul's real father was a court official named Sergei Saltykov. Her affair with Orlov did not begin until 1760, when Paul was six. See more »

Quotes

Count Gregory Orlov: You don't know what you're saying. You're offering to fulfill my wildest dreams.
Catherine: I did hope you would feel something for me.
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Young Catherine is superb
23 July 2006 | by aussiebrisguySee all my reviews

Young Catherine is superb. It may not be totally 100% accurate but it is sweeping and powerful drama. The cast are superb and it is fantastic to see that it was actually filmed in real settings in Russia. It is wonderful to see the magnificent Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo used. There are many wonderful actors in this drama. I think my favourite must be Vanessa Redgrave as the Empress Elizabeth. She is superb. Julia Ormond is also wonderful in the lead role. At the end of the film I wanted to see her continue in the role with more of Catherine II. Mark Frankel is such a dashing Gregory Orlov. It is so sad that he was killed in an accident so young. He had much to give as a performer. Reece Dinsdale is suitably made as the Grand Duke Peter while Maximilian Schell is fantastic as King Frederick the Great of Prussia. I particularly liked Marthe Keller as Catherine's mother Johanna. She is a wonderful actress. Anna Kanakis and Franco Nero are deliciously evil as Count and Countess Voronstov and Christopher Plummer is superb as the British Ambassador. Katharine Schlesinger is grotesquely wonderful as the whorish crippled mistress of Grand Duke Peter. Harmut Becker as Catherine's father and Laurie Holden as Princess Dashkova are also very good. John Shrapnel is also excellent as the Russian Orthodox Archimandrite Todorsky. All in all if you like sweeping romantic drama with lots of interesting characters, Young Catherine is well worth seeing. I know I enjoyed it.


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