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Anastasia (1997)

The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

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Anastasia (voice)
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Dimitri (voice)
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Vladimir (voice)
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Rasputin (voice)
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Bartok (voice)
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Sophie (voice)
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Young Anastasia (voice)
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Rick Jones ...
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Phlegmenkoff / Old Woman (voice)
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Young Dimitri (voice)
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Actress (voice)
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Travelling Man / Major Domo (voice)
Charity James ...
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Anastasia (singing voice)
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Storyline

The daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, Anastasia is found by two Russian con men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, promised to the ones who'll find her. But the evil mystic of the Tsar family, Rasputin, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever. Written by Anonymous

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Discover the Adventure Behind the Greatest Mystery of Our Time


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21 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$120,541, 16 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$58,406,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$139,804,348
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Trivia

The character of Dimitri was based on a European Prince, who vouched for Anna Anderson's identity as Anastasia. The Prince had only met Anastasia once and during her childhood, though, so he was not considered a very credible source. See more »

Goofs

During the ball at the beginning of the film, guests are wearing the traditional attire of the Boyar, the ancient Russian nobility: long fur cloaks and hats, heavy tunics, staffs and jewelry necklaces. This outfit was out of fashion since Peter The Great banned it around the 1650's. At a Russian gala in 1916, guests would be wearing full evening dress, with some men in military uniforms, pretty much like the ones Anastasia, Vlad and Dimitri wear later in the movie, at the Paris Opera. See more »

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[first lines]
Dowager Empress Marie: There was a time, not very long ago, where we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. The year was 1916, and my son, Nicholas, was the czar of Imperial Russia.
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Soundtracks

Journey to the Past
Composed by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Aaliyah
Produced and Arranged by Guy Roche
Aaliyah appears courtesy of Blackground Enterprises/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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This blew me away!
13 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is my personal favourite of the Don Bluth movies. I also recommend American Tail, Land Before Time and All Dogs Go To Heaven. Anastasia is just beautiful, and was one of the most requested films when we had our family cinemas. A couple of years ago, I got it on video, and all those memories came back. I love this movie so much. The animation is gorgeous. The characters are well drawn, and the backgrounds and colours are stunning. There is a lot of wit between the characters. Not to mention a truly sweet romance between Anastasia and Dimitri. Whoever hated this movie, must be told, that this is so much more watchable than Richard Rich's King and I. Anastasia herself is so beautiful. The highlights were Anastasia's dream and the scene on the train. The songs are what make this movie. My favourite is "Once Upon a December" as it is so nostalgic, haunting and poignant. All the other songs are well done and move the story forward. Even "Dark of the Night". As for the story, yes it is historically inaccurate, but so is Pocahontas, and this is marginally better. It was so well told. In some Don Bluth movies, they lose the essence right from minute one, but not here. As for the voice talents, they were all impeccable. Meg Ryan was suitably feisty as Anastasia, and Liz Callaway did her singing voice beautifully. John Cusack put an immense amount of charm into his voice-over, although Dimitri was for me was the weakest character in the movie. Kelsey Grammar has great fun as Vladmir, and also check him out as Zozi in Bartok the Magnificent. Christopher Lloyd voices villain Rasputin with over the top menace, and the villain loses his body parts here. We have all had days like that. Hank Azaria is also great as Bartok.Underrated Broadway actress Bernadette Peters has a great french accent, and I had so much fun with her singing "Paris hold the key to your heart." For me, Angela Lansbury provides a completely human and poignant character in the Dowager Empress. Her prologue was so well paced, and there was a side to the great character actress that I never knew she had. In conclusion, a sweet and beautiful animation that is essential to all animation lovers. 9.5/10 Bethany Cox


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