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Anna Karenina (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 4 April 1997 (USA)
Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.

Director:

Bernard Rose

Writers:

Leo Tolstoy (novel), Bernard Rose (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Marceau ... Anna Karenina
Sean Bean ... Vronsky
Alfred Molina ... Levin
Mia Kirshner ... Kitty
James Fox ... Karenin
Fiona Shaw ... Lydia
Danny Huston ... Stiva
Phyllida Law ... Vronskaya
David Schofield ... Nikolai
Saskia Wickham Saskia Wickham ... Dolly
Jennifer Hall Jennifer Hall ... Betsy
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Princess Schcherbatksy
Valerie Braddell Valerie Braddell ... Ambassador's Wife
Petr Shelokhonov ... Kapitonich (as Pyotr Sholokhov)
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Doctor
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Storyline

Anna is a young and elegant wife of Mr. Karenin, who is wealthy and old. She meets the handsome Count Vronsky. Anna and Vronsky fall in love with each other, and he comes to be with her in St. Petersburg. They are very happy together and make a great looking couple, but soon their happiness gets under social pressures. Anna is hopelessly begging Mr. Karenin for a divorce, but he wants to keep the mother of their child. She has another baby born from her lover Vronsky. Conflict between her untamed desires and painful reality causes her a depression and suicidal thoughts. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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In a world of power and privilege, one woman dared to obey her heart.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,268, 6 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$791,830, 1 June 1997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sean Bean and James Fox previously starred together in Patriot Games, 1992. See more »

Goofs

Although the film claims to be set in the 1880s, the book must be set earlier than that because it was published in 1875. See more »

Quotes

Anna Karenina: What are you doing here?
Vronsky: You know that I have come to be where you are. I cannot help myself.
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Connections

Version of Anna Karenina (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Song About Alexander Nevsky
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
Performed by The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra amd The St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Courtesy of Icon Records and London Records
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Half the material
5 July 2011 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

While the production design, photography costumes etc are all quite spectacular this is only half the book. That it is not really the book which may seem a normal quibble, but all the other details which are so rich in the original, is lost here and what is left is a melodrama.

One reason is that the length of a great novel cannot ever be crammed into a film of normal endurance. The problem then becomes one of audience engagement and also character motivation because the characters are so attenuated in the film. The rich back histories and the social settings and discussion of current ideas is also fundamental to a Tolstoy novel and here it is only hinted at in parts.

Some level of implication is good in a film, unlike a novel, but in this case it is reduces a novel to a text message.

The result is not a bad film, but is unfortunately superficial. The task the filmmakers set is enormous - too big for what is accomplished. It's solution is not in this medium and at this length: a multi-part TV series would be have been better.


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