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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.

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Nikolai
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Dolly
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Princess Schcherbatksy
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Kapitonich (as Pyotr Sholokhov)
Niall Buggy ...
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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.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first western production of "Anna Karenina" to be filmed in Russia (St. Petersburg). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Vronsky is shown out of Karenin's house after Anna's near death, a Soviet-era lamppost is visible further down the street. 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 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Vespers, Op. 37/5
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Conducted by Nikolai Kornev (as Nikolai Korniev)
Courtesy of Icon Records and London Records
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This is one of my favorites
12 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I disagree that this was terrible. I am a big time historical movie and costume buff, so I watch everything I can get my hands on and there is hardly a period drama I have not seen. I have also read the book. While the story line of the movie doesn't necessarily follow the novel, I am still sucked into it every time I see it. I found their chemistry wonderful, the costumes lovely and very period accurate, the music and cinematography fabulous. I have seen it over a dozen times (bought the DVD) and STILL never get bored. Sophia Marceau was a perfect choice in my opinion. She is classically beautiful, and the right combination of all the elements that made her character.....chaste wife turned star crossed lover, strong, confidant woman melted to vulnerable young girl. I adored Sean Bean also. I found him totally believable, and I fail to understand how anyone even remotely interested in period dramas could fail to appreciate this film.


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