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Onegin (1999)

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Russia, 1820s: Onegin inherits his uncle's country estate and moves there from St. Petersburg. He befriends his neighbor, Lensky, and meets Tatyana through him. She falls in love with Onegin but he just wants friendship.

Director:

Martha Fiennes

Writers:

Peter Ettedgui (screenplay), Alexander Pushkin (poem) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Onegin
Liv Tyler ... Tatyana
Toby Stephens ... Lensky
Lena Headey ... Olga
Martin Donovan ... Prince Nikitin
Alun Armstrong ... Zaretsky
Simon McBurney ... Triquet
Harriet Walter ... Madame Larina
Jason Watkins ... Guillot
Irene Worth ... Princess Alina
Gwenllian Davies Gwenllian Davies ... Anisia
Margery Withers Margery Withers ... Nanya
Geoffrey McGivern ... Andrey Petrovitch (as Geoff McGivern)
Tim McMullan ... Dandy 1
Tim Potter ... Dandy 2
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Storyline

In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally, regret. Through his best friend Lensky, Onegin is introduced to the young Tatiana. A passionate and virtuous girl, she soon falls hopelessly under the spell of the aloof newcomer and professes her love for him. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violence and a sexual image | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Liv Tyler had starred opposite Ralph Fiennes's brother Joseph and Lena Headey's boyfriend at the time Jason Flemyng in Stealing Beauty (1996). See more »

Goofs

The song played at Tatiana's Naming Day feast - "On the Hills of Manchuria" - could not be played there, as the movie is set in the first half of the 19th century, and the song was written only in 1906 (and named after tragic events of the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905 years). See more »

Quotes

Evgeny Onegin: If you but knew the flames that burn in me which I attempt to beat down with my reason.
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Connections

Version of Yevgeni Onegin (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Mir ist so Wunderbar
from the opera "Fidelio"
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Ingeborg Hallstein, Christa Ludwig, Gerhard Unger, Gottlob Frick, The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Otto Klemperer
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It's a Pushkin poem; what more can you ask for?
16 March 2003 | by va3svdSee all my reviews

Excellent film!!! I was captivated by it, however, my wife fell asleep during the film. For those who enjoy Russian literature, this movie will captivate you; for those who have no exposure to it, it will not. So your preestablished experience will determine to a great extent your appreciation of this film.

The lead acting is superb! Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler are so good that they unfortunately show up everybody else. The setting, however, does not have much of a Russian feel to it, what with everybody trying to act French and all, which is very accurate to the time. (Thank *you* Peter the Great.)

As for the story, the movie is very faithful to the Pushkinian attitude. The story is very character-centred, typical to Russian lit. The change in Evgenyi Onegin (pronounced, "Yev-geh-ny Ah-nye-gin") is marked indeed. However, the character of Tatyana captivated me. Her faithfulness to herself and to her integrity, especially given the context of American film, is amazing. How refreshing to see a character turn down the opportunity to have an affair with the man she loves deeply out of loyalty and faithfulness to her husband whom she unfortunately doesn't really love. This is especially refreshing in light of prevailing attitudes towards marriage and in particular adultery. Liv Tyler portrays both the deep angst and yet the firm conviction of Tatyana beautifully.

I recommend this film heartily. I gave it a 10 in my rating, and I encourage anyone to view this film to escape the prevailing American Bruce Willis-type formula film, and allow this film to expand your perceptions and your mind, and to enjoy the challenge of seeing people grow, and thereby encourage yourself to do the same.


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Country:

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,855, 19 December 1999

Gross USA:

$206,128

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$206,128
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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