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Rasputin (1996)

HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Tsar Nicholas in Russia.

Director:

Uli Edel

Writer:

Peter Pruce
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Grigori Rasputin
Greta Scacchi ... Tsarina Alexandra
Ian McKellen ... Tsar Nicholas II
David Warner ... Dr. Botkin
John Wood ... Prime Minister Stolypin
James Frain ... Prince Felix Yusupov
Ian Hogg ... Purishkevich
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Princess Marisa
Peter Jeffrey ... Bishop Hermogones
Freddie Findlay Freddie Findlay ... Alexei
Julian Curry Julian Curry ... Dr. Lazovert
László Áron László Áron ... Imperial Chauffeur
János Bata János Bata ... Detective #1
István Bicskei István Bicskei ... Derevenko
István Bubik István Bubik ... Landowner's son
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Storyline

In 1910s Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra find their son Alexei, sole heir to the Romanov dynasty, suffering from hemophilia and conventional medicine failing to help him. Alexandra looks into finding holistic treatment and finds Father Grigory Rasputin , a destitute monk who claims he had a vision from the Virgin Mary telling him that the Tsar needed him. Though Nicholas and the royal doctor are both skeptical of Rasputin's alleged healing abilities, young Alexei quickly bonds with the charlton/prophet, so he remains in the Royal Court. But Rasputin's constant boozing and womanizing angers the aristocracy and worsens the already unstable tensions between Nicholas and his subjects. With the seeds of revolution brewing, it becomes increasingly apparent that a bad end awaits for the entire Royal Family. Written by Ronos

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czar | tzar | bum | decadence | year 1916 | See All (15) »

Taglines:

He Was A Magician. A Madman. A Savior And Seducer....


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Wood (Pyotr Stolypin) previously played Colonel Kobylinsky in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), which depicted many of the same events. See more »

Goofs

The Romanov daughters all contracted the measles while under house arrest shortly before they were executed. As a result their heads were shaved. At the time of their death the girls did not have hair. In the film all the daughters have long hair when they are executed. See more »

Quotes

Alexei: God help me.
Tsarina Alexandra: He will... he will.
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Version of J'ai tué Raspoutine (1967) See more »

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Much better than most of its competitors
19 June 2001 | by HD24See all my reviews

OK, you can look at this film in two ways - either as a good play, or as an historical drama. It works both ways, although my main quibble would be that one is left with little real idea of why the revolution took place and what Rasputin's role in this was. For that reason, it could have done with being a bit longer and more detailed. Rickman plays Rasputin with humour and humanity - not the one-dimensional monster of most other films about him, which is a good thing from both a dramatic and historical point of view. Ian McKellen as Nicholas II has sweetness and dignity although he is probably too old for the role, and the scenes where he almost loses his temper are (historically) highly improbable! I have no problems with Greta Scaachi's acting, but from a historical point of view her portrayal of the Empress is altogether too vulnerable and lacking in fight; and why the German accent in certain scenes!?

I doubt there will ever be a film that pleases all of the various fans/critics of Nicholas and Alexandra, Rasputin and the Russian revolution; this one is better and less sensational than most.


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