Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna

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Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
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DVD release
Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
Written by James Goldman
Starring Amy Irving
Olivia de Havilland
Rex Harrison
Jan Niklas
Omar Sharif
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography Nicholas D. Knowland
Edited by Petra Von Oelffen
Production
company
Distributed by NBC (1986)
Sonar Entertainment (World-Wide)
Bridge Entertainment Group (2006) (Netherlands)
Dutch FilmWorks (Netherlands)
Mill Creek Entertainment (USA,2011)
e-m-s the DVD-Company(Germany)
Release dates December 7–8, 1986
Running time 195 min.
Country United States
Austria
Italy
Language English

Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (Also titled Anastasia: The Story of Anna[1]) is a 1986 TV movie, starring Amy Irving, Rex Harrison (in his last film), Olivia de Havilland, Omar Sharif, Christian Bale (in his first film) and Jan Niklas. The film was loosely based on the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia and the book The Riddle of Anna Anderson by Peter Kurth.[2] It was originally broadcast in two parts.

Plot[edit]

The film starts in December, 1916, just before the Russian Revolution, then moves to 1917's February Revolution, the family's forced move to Siberia in summer, 1917 after Nicholas II's forced abdication in March, the late-1917 Bolshevik takeover and start of the Russian Civil War and the July, 1918 mass shooting of the family. Afterwards, it revolves around Anna Anderson, who believes that she is Anastasia Romanov, daughter of Nicholas II of Russia. Anna first tells her story in the 1920s when she is an inmate in a Berlin asylum after her suicide attempt. Her story of escape from the Bolsheviks who killed the rest of her family in 1918 seems so vivid that many Russian expatriates are willing to believe her. She slowly gains more trust, but the Romanov family is very resistant to believe her tale and publicly denounces her as an impostor. The movie culminates in 1938 with Anna deciding to sue the Romanovs in Germany's courts to force them to recognize her as Anastasia, but it never reveals if Anna really is Anastasia. The ending epilogue narration says that she eventually moved back to the U.S. and settled in Charlottesville, Virginia where she died in 1984.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Person Result
1987 Artios Best Casting for TV Miniseries' Lynn Kressel Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (Dramatic Underscore) Laurence Rosenthal Won
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special Jane Robinson (costume designer) Won
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Miniseries Michael Lepiner
Kenneth Kaufman
Graham Cottle
Marvin J. Chomsky
Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Olivia de Havilland Nominated
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Olivia de Havilland Won
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Jan Niklas Won
Golden Globe Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Nominated
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Amy Irving Nominated

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Internet Movie Database (IMDB)". Other Names for Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. Retrieved March 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ "The Internet Movie Database (IMDB)". Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. Retrieved March 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ "The Internet Movie Database (IMDB)". Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, Awards. Retrieved March 15, 2008. 

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