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Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna 

Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only "surviving" child of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia.
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1986  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Amy Irving ...  Anna Anderson 2 episodes, 1986
Olivia de Havilland ...  Dowager Empress Maria 2 episodes, 1986
Jan Niklas ...  Prince Erich 2 episodes, 1986
Nicolas Surovy ...  Serge Markov 2 episodes, 1986
Susan Lucci ...  Darya Romanoff 2 episodes, 1986
Elke Sommer ...  Isabel Von Hohenstauffen 2 episodes, 1986
Edward Fox ...  Dr. Hauser 2 episodes, 1986
Claire Bloom ...  Czarina Alexandra 2 episodes, 1986
Omar Sharif ...  Czar Nicholas II 2 episodes, 1986
Rex Harrison ...  Grand Duke Cyril Romanov 2 episodes, 1986
Jennifer Dundas ...  Anastasia 2 episodes, 1986
Christian Bale ...  Alexei 2 episodes, 1986
Andrea Bretterbauer Andrea Bretterbauer ...  Sonya Markov 2 episodes, 1986
Sydney Bromley ...  Herbert 2 episodes, 1986
Arnold Diamond ...  Dr. Markov 2 episodes, 1986
Carol Gillies Carol Gillies ...  Sasha 2 episodes, 1986
Julian Glover ...  Colonel Kobylinski 2 episodes, 1986
Rachel Gurney ...  Grand Duchess Victoria 2 episodes, 1986
Betty Marsden Betty Marsden ...  Princess Troubetskaya 2 episodes, 1986
Tim McInnerny ...  Yakovlev 2 episodes, 1986
Angela Pleasence ...  Clara (madwoman) 2 episodes, 1986
Shane Rimmer ...  Harvey Coward 2 episodes, 1986
Jane Wenham Jane Wenham ...  Sophie 2 episodes, 1986
Jerome Willis ...  Kurt Vermehren 2 episodes, 1986
Ian Whittaker Ian Whittaker ...  Baggott 2 episodes, 1986
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In 1920s Berlin, suicidal asylum patient Anna Anderson (Amy Irving) claims to be Anastasia Romanov, the supposedly dead daughter of the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, who was dethroned and murdered by the Communists along with his entire immediate family during the Russian Revolution. She is so convincing in her descriptions of her life on the court and how she escaped the Communist purge that, after leaving the asylum, she slowly gains followers willing to believe her story. However, the surviving members of the Romanov family who now live in exile are not amongst them. This skepticism soon turns into mutual animosity.

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The Great Romantic Enigma of the Twentieth Century


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Trivia

First on-screen appearance of Christian Bale (Alexei). See more »

Goofs

At the start, the caption reads "Tsar Nicholas' Palace, near St. Petersburg", technically, that palace is in, what's technically part (and a district) of the city. See more »

Quotes

Grand Duke Cyril Romanov: We do not wish to be vindictive to this woman, but we will not tolerate this folly any longer.
Reporter: May we quote you?
Grand Duke Cyril Romanov: Quote me! You can put it on the headline.
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Connections

Version of Anastasia (1997) See more »

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A Glittering Television Adaptation
14 April 2005 | by BaileySEASee all my reviews

Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna was a two-part star studded historical T.V. movie based on the Peter Kurth book, Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson. It keeps up historically pretty much, names are changed etc. But sticks to the real story quite well. Omar Sharif and Claire Bloom do quite well as the Russian royals, Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra. What stuck out in my mind was the all too short portrayals by Rex Harrison and Olivia De Havilland. All in all it was a pretty classy production with some fine acting. I was quite awestruck by the production values when it first aired on NBC in late 1986. Also starring was the fine German actor Jan Niklas who had previously starred in NBC's other Russian epic "Peter the Great".

I felt that Part 2 skipped over some important details of Anna Anderson's trip to America. It's important to know too, that in 1986 less was known about the Anna Anderson story. Back then it was still not known whether her claim to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia was genuine. By the late 1990's more was known and Anna Anderson is now reputed to have been a fraud.

Too bad the networks aren't making fine made-for-television movies like this anymore.


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7 December 1986 (USA) See more »

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