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Nicholas and Alexandra covers the rise and fall of the last of the Russian Romanovs. We first meet Czar Nicholas (Michael Jayston) and his German bride Alexandra (Janet Suzman) at their 1894 wedding. Though Nicholas is devoted to Alexandra, the Russian populace is less politely inclined to having a "foreigner" as their Czarina. Alexandra gains favor when she gives birth to the much-loved Prince Alexis (Roderick Noble). Alas, Alexis suffers from hemophilia, a disease which strikes every second generation of Alexandra's family. When all conventional medical ministrations fail, Alexandra puts the fate of her son in the hands of mystical holy man Rasputin (Tom Baker, later famous for his portrayal of Doctor Who). As Rasputin's influence and power grows, the Russian peasantry becomes more restless and disgruntled. They are now willing to listen to the speeches of such rabble-rousers as Lenin (Michael Bryant) and Trotsky (Brian Cox), who sow the seeds of revolution. Even after the murder of Rasputin, the Bolsheviks are unsatisfied: The revolution finally comes to pass in October of 1917. At first, the moderate Kerensky (John McEnery) pleads with his followers to allow the Romanovs safe passage out of Russia. But the radicals seize control, and on July 16, 1918, the royal family is summarily executed. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Maxsted Best Art Direction 1971 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vernon Dixon Best Art Direction 1971 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Yvonne Blake Best Costume Design 1971 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Freddie Young Best Cinematography 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Spiegel Best Picture 1971 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Janet Suzman New Star of the Year - Female 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet Suzman Best Actress 1971 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Baker New Star of the Year - Male 1971 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Baker Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gil Parrondo Best Art Direction 1971 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Rodney Bennett Best Drama Score 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernest Archer Best Art Direction 1971 Winner

Cast

Michael Jayston
as Nicholas II
Janet Suzman
as Empress Alexandra
Harry Andrews
as Grand Duke Nicholas
Irene Worth
as Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna
Jack Hawkins
as Count Fredericks
Laurence Olivier
as Count Witte
Gordon Gostelow
as Guchkov
Ian Holm
as Yakovlev
Curd Jürgens
as German Consul Sklarz
Georges Rigaud
as French Ambassador Paleologue
John Forbes-Robertson
as Col. Volkov
Penny Sugg
as Young Opera Singer
Timothy West
as Dr. Botkin
Tom Baker
as Rasputin
Brian Cox
as Trotsky
Maurice Denham
as Kokovtsov
Roy Dotrice
as Gen. Alexeiev
Lynne Frederick
as Tatiana
Fiona Fullerton
as Anastasia
Candace Glendenning
as Marie
Julian Glover
as Gapon
Stephen Greif
as Martov
John Hallam
as Nagorny
James Hazeldine
as Stalin
Alexander Knox
as American Ambassador Root
Leon Lissek
as Avadeyev
Ania Marson
as Olga
John McEnery
as Kerensky
Eric Porter
as Stolypin
Diana Quick
as Sonya
Michael Redgrave
as Sazonov
Guy Rolfe
as Dr. Fedorov
Katherine Schofield
as Tegleva
Ralph Truman
as Rodzianko
John Wood
as Col. Kobylinsky
Steven Berkoff
as Pankratov
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Dr. Lazovert
Jean-Claude Drouot
as Gilliard
Roderic Noble
as Alexis
Vivian Pickles
as Mme. Krupskaya
John Shrapnel
as Petya
Alan Dalton
as Flautist
Alexander Knox
as American Ambassador Root
Julian Glover
as Gapon
John Shrapnel
as Petya
Vivian Pickles
as Mme. Krupskaya
Ania Marson
as Olga
John Wood
as Col. Kobylinsky
Ralph Truman
as Rodzianko
Penny Sugg
as Young Opera Singer
Stephen Greif
as Martov
Ian Holm
as Yakovlev
Roderic Noble
as Alexis
Tom Baker
as Rasputin
Jean-Claude Drouot
as Gilliard
Eric Porter
as Stolypin
Leon Lissek
as Avadeyev
Diana Quick
as Sonya
John Forbes-Robertson
as Col. Volkov
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Dr. Lazovert
Steven Berkoff
as Pankratov
Guy Rolfe
as Dr. Fedorov
Lynne Frederick
as Tatiana
Georges Rigaud
as French Ambassador Paleologue
James Hazeldine
as Stalin
Katherine Schofield
as Tegleva
Maurice Denham
as Kokovtsov
Gordon Gostelow
as Guchkov
Fiona Fullerton
as Anastasia
Brian Cox
as Trotsky
Curd Jürgens
as German Consul Sklarz
Roy Dotrice
as Gen. Alexeiev
John McEnery
as Kerensky
Candace Glendenning
as Marie
Michael Redgrave
as Sazonov
Timothy West
as Dr. Botkin
John Hallam
as Nagorny

Crew

Franklin J. Schaffner
Director
Andrew Donally
Producer
Sam Spiegel
Producer
Edward Bond
Dialogue Writer
Edward Bond
Screenwriter
Freddie Young
Cinematographer
Richard Rodney Bennett
Composer (Music Score)
Ernest Walter
Editor
Vernon Dixon
Production Designer
Gil Parrondo
Production Designer
Ernest Archer
Art Director
Jack Maxsted
Art Director
Vernon Dixon
Set Designer
Yvonne Blake
Costume Designer
Eddie Fowlie
Special Effects
Neville Smallwood
Makeup
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