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The Last Station (2009)

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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's (Christopher Plummer's) struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writers:

Michael Hoffman (screenplay), Jay Parini (based on the novel by)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Mirren ... Sofya
Christopher Plummer ... Tolstoy
Paul Giamatti ... Chertkov
James McAvoy ... Valentin
John Sessions ... Dushan
Patrick Kennedy ... Sergeyenko
Kerry Condon ... Masha
Anne-Marie Duff ... Sasha
Tomas Spencer Tomas Spencer ... Andrey
Christian Gaul Christian Gaul ... Ivan
Wolfgang Häntsch Wolfgang Häntsch ... Priest
David Masterson David Masterson ... Reporter
Anastasia Tolstoy Anastasia Tolstoy ... Mourning Girl
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Storyline

The Countess Sofya Andreevna Tolstoy (Dame Helen Mirren), wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer), uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people. Written by IMDb Editors

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Intoxicating. Infuriating. Impossible. Love.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of Writer and Director Michael Hoffman's biggest challenges was to turn clean and orderly Germany into messy and chaotic Russia. See more »

Goofs

After Tolstoy signs the letter, Bulgakov is seen with the buttons on the right side of his collar instead of the left. It appears the film has been flipped. See more »

Quotes

Sofya Tolstaya: Oh, Leovochka, why do you insist on dressing like that?
Leo Tolstoy: What do you mean, like what?
Sofya Tolstaya: Like a man who looks after the sheep!
Leo Tolstoy: It wasn't meant to offend you.
Sofya Tolstaya: You're a count, for God's sake!
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Crazy Credits

Anthony Quinn is thanked in the end credits. Quinn was the first to purchase rights to Jay Parini novel. See more »


Soundtracks

Un bel dì vedremo
from "Madama Butterfly"
Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as CSR Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Alexander Rahbari
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights International Ltd.
Libretto by Luigi Illica (uncredited) and Giuseppe Giacosa (uncredited)
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You've Got Plummer and Mirren; Now Give Them More to Do
26 August 2010 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"The Last Station" should have been great, but it settles for being merely good. Despite its impressive cast and juicy subject, something about it just doesn't quite click.

Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren play Leo Tolstoy and his wife in the days leading up to the writer's death, and the tumultuous relationship they shared, she feeling brushed aside by the author because of his commitment to his work and the Tolstoyan movement that developed around it. James MacAvoy plays a young man who scores the job of being Tostoy's assistant and becomes witness to this domestic drama and an unwitting accomplice to the machinations of Tolstoy's close friend and business adviser (Paul Giamatti) to wrest copyright of Tolstoy's works away from his wife upon the writer's death. If all of this sounds like a delicious set up for great acting and suspenseful intrigue, you'd be right; unfortunately, the movie is so much less than what it could have been.

Plummer and Mirren are wonderful in their roles, and the movie's best scenes are the ones of them together. However, they're not in the movie enough, and their relationship, which is the most interesting thing about the story, takes a back seat to the politics of the Tolstoy movement and MacAvoy's reactions to them. MacAvoy is a terrific actor and I've liked him in everything I've seen him in, including this. But I simply didn't care as much about his character as I did Tolstoy and his wife, and I spent the whole film itching for the screenplay to give Plummer and Mirren, two great British actors, more to do.

Paul Giamatti's character is oily and unlikable; indeed, there's something about Giamatti the actor that I find unlikable in general and actually makes it hard for me to watch him. Kerry Condon, on the other hand, in a smaller role as MacAvoy's love interest, is lovely.

Grade: B


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Country:

UK | Germany | Russia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,723, 17 January 2010

Gross USA:

$6,617,867

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,554,320
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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