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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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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

When Rasputin arrives in St. Petersburg he is shown standing before the Winter Palace in Palace Square. The palace appears as it does today, painted green with white and gold accents. At the time of Rasputin's arrival in 1911 however, the palace was painted entirely in dull red. The palace's current color scheme was not applied until the 1930s. See more »

Quotes

Grigori Rasputin: You'll always fail because your soul is dead.
Dr. Botkin: I have performed many autopsies in my time, but I've never located a soul.
Grigori Rasputin: How many memories or emotions have you found?
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Connections

Version of Rasputin, the Black Monk (1917) See more »

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Brilliantly filmed, brilliantly told
13 June 2000 | by cybamuseSee all my reviews

Although they script writers took the sensationalized story route every time, they nonetheless wrote a powerful script that can't help but have you foaming at the mouth to learn more about Rasputin and the breakdown of the Russian Empire. If you know very little about the collapse of the Russian Empire, then this film would have to be the best introduction you will get.

The cinematography in this film was absolutely gorgeous with wonderful contrasting colors illustrating the richness of the Romanov life, the bleak coldness of the Siberian plains and the stark conditions of the Russian Empire. The music was hauntingly beautiful and complemented the film perfectly. When music suits a film, it IS noticeable!

And then there is the acting... Alan Rickman is sensational as Rasputin, portraying the moody and incoherent Rasputin with a fabulous chameleon-like zeal. Ian McKellum so perfectly portrays the Tsar, Nicholas II (or at least, as one would perceive Nicholas to be from history books) that it is plain spooky! Great Scacchi is also wonderful as the Tsarina.


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