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Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Details

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This two-part TV movie recounts the life of Anna Anderson, who until the day she died at age 82 insisted that she was really Anastasia Romanov, daughter of Czar Nicholas. Anna first makes her claim in 1920, when she is an inmate in a Berlin asylum. Her story of escape from the Bolsheviks who killed the rest of her family in 1918 seems so vivid that many Russian expatriates are willing to believe her. The film concludes in 1928, with Anna restating her claim before the surviving Romanovs living in New York. Amy Irving plays the leading character in a lady-or-the-tiger fashion, so that we never know if she truly swallows her own tale or if she's merely a clever charlatan. Olivia DeHavilland, Rex Harrison, Claire Bloom, Omar Sharif and Susan Lucci co-star in this opulent, location-filmed production, which originally aired on December 7 and 8, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Amy Irving
as Anna Anderson
Susan Lucci
as Darya Romanoff
Omar Sharif
as Nicholas II
Elke Sommer
as Isabel Von Hohenstauffen
Jan Niklas
as Prince Erich
Nicholas Surovy
Susan Engel
Shane Rimmer
as Harvey Coward
Rex Harrison
as Grand Duke Cyril Romanov
Carol Gillies
as Sasha
Christian Bale
as Alexis
Claire Bloom
as Empress Alexandra
Olivia de Havilland
as Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna
Edward Fox
as Dr. Hauser
Julian Glover
as Colonel Kobylinski

Crew

Marvin J. Chomsky
Director
Marvin J. Chomsky
Producer
Marcelle Maurette
Play Author
Laurence Rosenthal
Composer (Music Score)
Petra Von Oelffen
Editor
Jane Robinson
Costume Designer
Lucie Lichtig
Continuity
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