Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny
|Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny|
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny film poster
|Directed by||Uli Edel|
|Produced by||Nick Gillott
David R. Ginsburg
|Written by||Peter Pruce|
|Music by||Brad Fiedel|
|Running time||135 min.|
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny is a biographical 1996 TV film which chronicles the last four years (1912–16) of Grigori Rasputin's stint as a healer to Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich–the heir apparent to the Russian throne as well as the only son of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna–who suffered from haemophilia. The film is narrated in the first person by Alexei.
In 1900s (decade) Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra find their son Alexei, sole heir to the Romanov dynasty, suffering from hemophilia and conventional medicine failing to help him. Alexandra looks into finding holistic treatment and finds Father Grigori Rasputin, a destitute monk who claims he had a vision from the Virgin Mary telling him that the Tsar needed him. Although Nicholas and the royal doctor are both skeptical of Rasputin's alleged healing abilities, young Alexei quickly bonds with the charlatan/prophet, so he remains in the Royal Court. But Rasputin's constant boozing and womanizing angers the aristocracy and worsens the already unstable tensions between Nicholas and his subjects. With the seeds of revolution brewing, it becomes increasingly apparent that a bad end awaits the entire Royal Family.
Russian Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin is shown to have been killed in 1913, on the occasion of the Romanov dynasty's Tercentenary celebration, and just prior to the outbreak of World War I, while he was actually killed in 1911.
The magnificent Russian Orthodox Choir which sings the litany at the Tercentenary liturgy also seems to be a choir of the 1990s, since the Patriarch Alexei is mentioned by name. The Patriarchate in fact did not exist under the later Romanovs, having been abolished by Peter the Great.
- Alan Rickman - Grigori Rasputin
- Greta Scacchi - Tsarina Alexandra
- Ian McKellen - Tsar Nicholas II
- Freddie Finlay - Tsarevich Alexei
- David Warner - Dr. Botkin
- John Wood - Prime Minister Stolypin
- James Frain - Prince Felix Yusupov
- Ian Hogg - Purishkevich
- Sheila Ruskin - Princess Marisa
- Peter Jeffrey - Bishop Hermogones
- Julian Curry - Dr. Lazovert
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny won a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for TV. Alan Rickman, starring as Rasputin, won an Emmy (along with Greta Scacchi playing Tsarina Alexandra) and a Golden Globe for his work in this movie. Ian McKellen, playing Tsar Nicholas II, won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor.