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Anastasia

Released Dec 13, 1956 1h 45m Drama List
93% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 78% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings
Could an amnesiac refugee named Anna Anderson (Ingrid Bergman) truly be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, purported sole survivor of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1918, and therefore the rightful heir to the Czar's fortune? Backed by a group of White Russian exiles led by General Bounine (Yul Brynner), she faces her possible grandmother, the imperious Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (Helen Hayes), and the fortune-hunting Prince Paul (Ivan Desny). Read More Read Less
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Mae Tinee Chicago Tribune Beautifully balanced with history and fantasy woven into a background of searing sorrow and royal pomp, this is one of the year's most enjoyable films. It is presented with wit, warmth, delicacy, and skill. Sep 14, 2022 Full Review Jean Yothers Orlando Sentinel After an absence of seven years from American-made films, beauteous Ingrid Bergman returns triumphantly in Anastasia. Oct 8, 2021 Full Review Moira Walsh America Magazine It is a very entertaining movie. Given a chance, Miss Bergman looks as lovely as ever and gives an effective high-tension performance. Jul 14, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Anatole Litvak's Anastasia still stands as the most elegant rendition of a particularly provocative occurrence relating to Nicholas II and his assassinated royal family. Rated: 3/5 Oct 8, 2020 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine The film's ambiguous ending is mildly disconcerting but its merits are impressive. The excellent cast includes Helen Hayes as a royal old lioness and Yul Brynner as a conspirator with a conscience... Nov 6, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing The romance between Anna and Bounine seems like an afterthought, but other story strands prove compelling, particularly those involving the Dowager Empress (a wonderful Helen Hayes). Rated: 3/4 Apr 16, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Joel H I've seen the animated Anastasia movie, so I figured that this 1956 live-action film would be a more realistic & dramatic, less musical version of that story, and I was right. That's exactly what it is. Ingrid Bergman is the real star here. She's able to carry the weight of the film on her shoulders. 1956 was a big year for Yul Brynner, with The King and I, The Ten Commandments, and Anastasia all releasing in theaters, but this role is the least memorable of those three. This is a fascinating true story, yet I have to admit that I still prefer the 1997 adaptation over this version of Anastasia. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/24 Full Review Liam D A romance with a interesting story and great performances from Oscar winner (for this movie) Ingrid Bergman (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Bells of St. Mary's) and Yul Brynner (Futureworld, Return of the Seven) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Competent, but not something remarkable, here the best part is the return (in a good form) of Ingrid Bergman to Hollywood, technical merits here are competent and the other thing that really shines outside Bergman is the score from the late and eternal Alfred Newman. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a Classic. Excellent movie. Ingrid Bergman and Helen Hayes are perfect in their roles. Yul Brynner also does an excellent job. Must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review david l I still prefer the Don Bluth version of this story as 1956's Anastasia has some clunky pacing and underrealized romantic elements, but the costumes, sets and score do make for a sumptuous period piece viewing experience. Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her strong turn in the main role, but Helen Hayes also deserved more attention for her fantastic turn as the memorable Dowager Empress. The ambiguous ending is the highlight of the picture. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d Obviously not true but really entertaining. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Could an amnesiac refugee named Anna Anderson (Ingrid Bergman) truly be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, purported sole survivor of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1918, and therefore the rightful heir to the Czar's fortune? Backed by a group of White Russian exiles led by General Bounine (Yul Brynner), she faces her possible grandmother, the imperious Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (Helen Hayes), and the fortune-hunting Prince Paul (Ivan Desny).
Director
Anatole Litvak
Producer
Buddy Adler
Screenwriter
Guy Bolton, Arthur Laurents, Marcelle Maurette
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Production Co
20th Century Fox
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 13, 1956, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 1, 2013
Runtime
1h 45m
Sound Mix
Stereo, Magnetic Stereo 6 Track
Aspect Ratio
70mm
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