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Rasputin and the Empress

Released Dec 23, 1932 2h 3m History Drama List
50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 52% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Desperate to cure her hemophiliac son, Czarina Alexandra (Ethel Barrymore) resorts to seeking out the services of mystic healer Grigori Rasputin (Lionel Barrymore). Despite his unconventional methods, Rasputin appears to be curing the sickly child. However, Rasputin has a sinister side, and he begins back-door maneuvering in a bid for power. Suspicious of Rasputin, Prince Paul Chegodieff (John Barrymore) attempts to thwart the scheming mystic before he destroys the Russian empire. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Bruce Blevin The New Republic This sort of historical perversion, in the films and elsewhere, is not new; and the only point worth noting about the present instance is that the artistic result hardly seems worth the assassination of fact. Feb 18, 2022 Full Review Pare Lorentz Vanity Fair It is a clumsy, pretentious, aimless motion picture. Jun 4, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Boleslawksi's lavish production of this historical melodrama is best known today as the only film that all three Barrymores (John, Ethel and Lionel) made together. Rated: B Jul 14, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Is memorable only because it's the one and only time that the Barrymore family appeared together on screen. Rated: C+ Feb 21, 2008 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 3/5 Dec 5, 2003 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Splendidly stylish, often terrifying with great turns by all the Barrymores. Rated: 5/5 Nov 5, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Historical nonsense with nothing to recommend it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/04/24 Full Review Audience Member If it were done with anyone else but the Barrymores, I doubt that it would have been watchable. Extremely dated film has the charm of the actors (once again: the Barrymores) to carry it. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Frances H I really wanted to like this film, since I like all of the Barrymores and they were all in this film. However, the script is appalling. and the historical inaccuracies inexcusable. Playing the German national anthem for the Austrian ambassador was just the beginning. Despite the talents of the Barrymores which I respect, here they are all overacting to the point of being ridiculous. When I compare this flick to Nicolas and Alexandra, this film is laughable. To see them at there best, watch Ethel in None but the Lonely Heart, Lionel in Broken Lullaby, and John in The Great Man Votes. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/16 Full Review Audience Member Interesting drama with the three Barrymore's together but could have used tighter editing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member good costumer/bio-pic, kinda. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review ashley h Rasputin and the Empress is a mediocre film. It is about the friendship between Rasputin and the Empress Alexandra of Russia. The acting of John, Ethel, Lionel Barrymore is pretty good. The script is okay but could have been better. Richard Boleslawski did a decent job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture but would not see it again. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Desperate to cure her hemophiliac son, Czarina Alexandra (Ethel Barrymore) resorts to seeking out the services of mystic healer Grigori Rasputin (Lionel Barrymore). Despite his unconventional methods, Rasputin appears to be curing the sickly child. However, Rasputin has a sinister side, and he begins back-door maneuvering in a bid for power. Suspicious of Rasputin, Prince Paul Chegodieff (John Barrymore) attempts to thwart the scheming mystic before he destroys the Russian empire.
Director
Richard Boleslawski
Producer
Bernard H. Hyman
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
History, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 23, 1932, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 22, 2009
Runtime
2h 3m
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