Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna

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Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
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Written by James Goldman
Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
Creative director(s) Marvin J. Chomsky
Starring Amy Irving
Olivia de Havilland
Rex Harrison
Jan Niklas
Omar Sharif
Composer(s) Laurence Rosenthal
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2
Producer(s) Lance H. Robbins
Cheryl Saban
Cinematography Thomas L. Callaway
Running time 195 minutes
Production company(s) Telecom Entertainment Inc.
Consolidated Entertainment
Distributor 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)
Original release
  • December 7, 1986 (1986-12-07) (USA)
  • December 8, 1986 (1986-12-08) (USA)

Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (Also titled Anastasia: The Story of Anna) is a 1986 television film directed by Marvin J. Chomsky,[1] starring Amy Irving, Rex Harrison (in his last performance), 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. It was originally broadcast in two parts.


The film starts Part 1 in December 1916, at a lavish ballroom gathering just before the Russian Revolution, then moves to 1917's February Revolution, the family's forced exile to Siberia that summer after Nicholas II's forced abdication in March, the late-1917 October Revolution Communist takeover, tne start of the Russian Civil War, and the July 1918 mass shooting of the Romanov 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 escaping 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 exiles in Europe are very hesitant to believe her tale. In Part 2, she travels to the United States' branches of the family in New York City in 1928, while Nicholas' mother, Maria Feodorovna, dies in her native Denmark. The expatriate Romanovs publicly denounce her as an impostor, causing her to leave the US. The movie culminates in 1938 with Anna deciding to sue the Romanovs in Germany 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 US and settled in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she died in 1984.



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
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anastasia: the Mystery of Anna". BBC. 24 July 1990. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 

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