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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

Despite the claim that this movie is not an accurate historical record, it completely omits Czar Nicholas II, the last Czar, and a critical figure in the story. See more »

Goofs

Although the Russians cross themselves correctly (right to left), the crucifixes and crosses are almost all Western rather than Orthodox, and there is an unbearded priest. 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 UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove shots of a man's acid-scarred face and to shorten the love scene between Rasputin and Sonia, and VHS releases featured the same cut print. The cuts were restored in the 2003 Warner DVD and all subsequent releases. See more »

Connections

Version of I Killed Rasputin (1967) See more »

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Another classic Hammer film!!
1 June 2001 | by kergillianSee all my reviews

I've read quite a few reviews of this film shunning it do to lack of historical fact or shoddy scriptwriting. Obviously these people have no clue about what Hammer films are and what they're meant to be. This film is another Hammer classic, hilarious and well-acted, excellent quality cinematography, and not to be taken the slightest bit seriously.

Christopher Lee is *the* hammer actor (well...with Peter Cushing running a close second;), and he plays the *perfect* Rasputin! The evil dictator laugh down-pat, the eyes are beyond eerie, and even his gait, his posture, his body language all work perfectly. And Barbara Shelley is definitely a solid, stereotypical, 'femi-victim', and she plays beautifully off of Lee.

The only qualm I have about this film is the ending, which was a touch too anti-climactic...although I bought the special edition with trailers and TV spots at the end which improved the ending dramatically (I wish I could find one of those 'free Rasputin beards'...)

Overall: This is not one of the best Hammer films, it's not Blood of Dracula or The Devil Rides Out...but it's up there, and it has all the great elements: cheezy soft-gore effects (love that severed hand!!), *almost* nudity, maniacal laughter, tension-riddled music...it's fun from beginning to end! 7/10.


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