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Anastasia (1997)

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The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

Directors:

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Writers:

Susan Gauthier (screenplay), Bruce Graham (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Ryan ... Anastasia (voice)
John Cusack ... Dimitri (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Vladimir (voice)
Christopher Lloyd ... Rasputin (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Bartok (voice)
Bernadette Peters ... Sophie (voice)
Kirsten Dunst ... Young Anastasia (voice)
Angela Lansbury ... The Dowager Empress Marie (voice)
Rick Jones Rick Jones ... Czar Nicholas / Servant / Revolutionary Soldier / Ticket Agent (voice)
Andrea Martin ... Phlegmenkoff / Old Woman (voice)
Glenn Walker Harris Jr. ... Young Dimitri (voice)
Debra Mooney ... Actress (voice)
Arthur Malet ... Travelling Man / Major Domo (voice)
Charity James Charity James ... Anastasia Impostor (voice)
Liz Callaway ... Anastasia (singing voice)
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Storyline

The daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, Anastasia is found by two Russian con men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, promised to the ones who'll find her. But the evil mystic of the Tsar family, Rasputin, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Discover the Adventure Behind the Greatest Mystery of Our Time


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | French

Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Music Box See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$120,541, 16 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$58,406,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$139,804,348
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie marked the first film by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman to be fully animated and produced in the United States, since An American Tail (1986). See more »

Goofs

The fall Anastasia gets in the beginning that gives her amnesia, would not have been hard enough to give her amnesia. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dowager Empress Marie: There was a time, not very long ago, where we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. The year was 1916, and my son, Nicholas, was the czar of Imperial Russia.
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Crazy Credits

The version shown on HBO and related channels contains extra credits for the Spanish-language version of the film. The song over those credits, a Spanish version of "Journey to the Past," was on the film's soundtrack album. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: All Dogs Go to Heaven (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Upon a December
Composed by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Deana Carter
Produced by Michael Omartian
Associate Producer: Deana Carter
Deana Carter appears courtesy of Capitol Nashville
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Based on a true story, but fictional...
3 November 2004 | by kittykatzeSee all my reviews

I first saw "Anastasia" in the theatre the last day of November, 1997, the year it came out. I was eight, the year she is in the prolouge. Ever since, I have been interested in the story of Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov, her life, and her untimely death.

While I know the movie is not historically accurate, I don't care! The movie is fiction after all- based on a true story (of Anastasia's rumored escape and women who claimed to be her), loosely, mind you- but perhaps it is not as unlikely as it seems: when the remains of the Romanovs were discovered back in 1991, Alexei (her brother,the Czarvitch) and one of the Grand Duchesses were missing. And with age analysis of the bones, scientists believe that the missing daughter is in fact Anastasia, and not one of her sisters, Olga, Tatiana, or Maria. But who really knows what happened?

My opinion of the movie is that it is wonderful. It draws you into the world of the lost Russian Princess, to a time that is "far away, long ago", that doesn't exist anymore.

The music and animation are stunning, and the photo research of St. Petersburg is amazing! Take the Catherine Palace and the magnificent gate you see, as well as the city itself. The 3-D animation is amazing; you look like you could reach out and touch it! The music is truly magical; "Once Upon a December" (especially Deana Carter's version)

is haunting yet beautiful. I own the soundtrack- I listen to it frequently

to help me relax.

But what I love best about the movie is the romance that occurs between Anya(Anastasia) and Dimitri. It starts out as a con, a trick for money, and turns into a love story. I think it shows that people really do have good in them, and that true love really exists. It's also heartwarming to think that a young boy who saved the girl he liked (princess or not) later helps her restore her identity and find a true place (in this case, happily together with him).

"Anastasia" is really my favourite movie of all time, even though now I'm almost 15. I'd recommend it to anyone, and advise historical literialists to look beyond the fiction and let yourself be taken on a "Journey to the Past" with the romance, comedy, and magic of this story.


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