The collapse of three great European dynasties: the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Michael Hordern ...  Narrator 10 episodes, 1974
Charles Kay ...  Tsar Nicholas II 7 episodes, 1974
Barry Foster ...  Willy 7 episodes, 1974
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Tsarina Alexandra 6 episodes, 1974
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The collapse of three great European dynasties: the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

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Drama | History

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Koning en keizer See more »

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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Gemma Jones played Queen Victoria's daughter in this mini-series, and Queen Victoria in Shanghai Knights (2003). See more »

Quotes

Willy: If my destiny is to be a tragic one, then let it come.
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Soundtracks

Largo: Symphony No. 6
(uncredited)
Dmitri Shostakovich
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Back at last
14 October 2006 | by pausherSee all my reviews

I haven't seen "Fall of the Eagles" since it was first broadcast in the 1970's. I remember watching the first episode, which I believe featured Curt Jurgens playing Otto von Bismarck. It totally hooked me for the subsequent 12 episodes. I vividly remember Jurgens bellowing "I am Bismarck!!!!" when "The Iron Chancellor" is suddenly put out to pasture.

Another standout is Gayle Hunnicutt as the Tsarina Alexandra. I can still see her fiercely admonishing the clueless and lethargic Nicholas (Charles Kay) to, "Be Ivan the Terrible!!!! Be Peter the Great!!!" It's a real shame this beautiful and talented actress hasn't had a more prominent career.

About 5 years ago, I tried searching for a copy of the program. There was nothing anywhere. I even sent an email to the BBC. I received a very polite response from a BBC researcher who advised me that she was able to locate some documentation related to the program, but had no information about availability either for broadcast or home video. At that point, I sadly concluded that it was lost forever.

Well, I'm happy to discover that other enthusiasts had more perseverance than I did. I just ordered the set from Amazon, and can't wait to watch it once more.


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