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Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Horror | 6 April 1966 (USA)
Thrown out of his monestary for licentious and drunken behaviour, Rasputin travels to St Petersburg to try his luck. Through a daliance with one of the czarina's ladies in waiting he soon ... See full summary »

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Don Sharp

Writer:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Grigori Rasputin
Barbara Shelley ... Sonia
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ... Dr. Zargo
Francis Matthews ... Ivan
Suzan Farmer ... Vanessa
Dinsdale Landen ... Peter
Renée Asherson ... Tsarina (as Renee Asherson)
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Innkeeper
Joss Ackland ... The Bishop
Robert Duncan Robert Duncan ... Tsarvitch
Alan Tilvern Alan Tilvern ... Patron
John Welsh ... The Abbot
John Bailey ... The Physician
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Storyline

Thrown out of his monestary for licentious and drunken behaviour, Rasputin travels to St Petersburg to try his luck. Through a daliance with one of the czarina's ladies in waiting he soon gains influence at court with his powers of healing and of hypnotism. But he also makes enemies who wish to see him dead. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Byakuya no in-jû See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Hammer Films released this movie with the disclaimer "This is an entertainment, not a documentary. No attempt has been made at historical accuracy. All the characters and incidents may be regarded as fictitious." This precaution was taken because MGM had been sued in 1933 by Princess Irina Romanoff Yusupov, who claimed that an earlier movie about Rasputin had libelled her by erroneously portraying her as his mistress. See more »

Goofs

Ivan has a bloody lip at the end of the film, with no explanation as to its cause. In fact, the injury was the result of an extended fight sequence, which they spent several days filming, but which was eventually cut from the finished film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doctor: No point in me staying here any longer. Keep her warm. If she recovers consciousness, give her a little brandy.
Innkeeper: And if she doesn't, doctor?
Doctor: Send for the priest.
Innkeeper: Oh God.
Doctor: Nothing more I can do.
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Alternate Versions

The BBFC made the following cuts to this to this film for Uk theatrical release:
  • (a) the Rasputin/Sonia love scene was shortened to end on the shot of Rasputin tearing open the back of Sonia's dress. The uncut version continues the scene for another 20s climaxing as she gets into bed and Rasputin pulls the blanket off her (unseen) naked body.
  • (b) Two shots were shortened in the scene in which Peter is disfigured by acid in order to remove close shots of Peter's scarred face.
  • The severed hand shots were never cut by the BBFC having been waived following appeals by Hammer.
  • The R1 and R2 DVD's are uncut. The older UK VHS releases from Lumiere and Studio Canal are the cut theatrical version.
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Connections

Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1989) See more »

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The Evil Rasputin
8 December 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

"Rasputin: The Mad Monk" is an average Hammer film, but with Christopher Lee and the lovely Barbara Shelley in the lead roles of the evil Rasputin and the sweet Sonia respectively. The story is highly entertaining and it is funny to read that it is "historically inaccurate". My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Rasputin: O Monge Louco" ("Rasputin, The Mad Monk")


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