The story of the final years of Tsar Nicholas and Empress Alexandra of Russia, and the revolution which turned their lives upside down, and changed the world. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design.
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration Winner
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design Winner
This costume drama chronicles the decline and fall of the last Russian royal family, Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra -- from the birth of their hemophiliac son Alexis to the Bolshevik Revolution. Empress Alexandra becomes involved with the occultist Rasputin, who exerts great influence over her when she rules the country during her husband's absence in World War I. Convinced that her son will die without Rasputin's continued magical presence, she becomes increasingly beholden unto him. Then, events take a bloody dramatic turn, as popular unrest and the political maneuvering of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky lead to the Russian uprising, and the end of the Romanov reign.
A Sam Spiegel-Franklin J. Schaffner production. Shot in Panavision; color by Eastmancolor. Michael Redgrave's last screen appearance. Janet Suzman was nominated for an Academy Award as "Best Actress" in her second major screen role; her film debut was "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" in 1970. The original choices for the lead roles were Rex Harrison and Vanessa Redgrave. Additional cast: Roderic Noble (Alexis), Ania Marson (Olga), Candace Glendenning (Marie), James Hazeldine (Josef Stalin), Gordon Kostelow (Guchkov), David Giles (Goloshchekin), Ralph Neville (British Ambassador Buchanan), John Forbes Robertson (Colonel Volkov), Alan Dalton (Flautist), David Baxter (Young Bolshevik).