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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Czar Nicholas / Servant / Revolutionary Soldier / Ticket Agent (voice)
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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 ...
Anastasia Impostor (voice)
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Anastasia (singing voice)
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£645,939 (UK) (3 April 1998)

Gross:

£5,321,922 (UK) (29 May 1998)
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Trivia

The real Anastasia once wore a dress almost exactly like the one Anya wears in the last scenes of the movie. This same dress was seen in Anastasia (1956). See more »

Goofs

When Anastasia is dancing with Dimitri on the ship, her hair is down to her butt. A few seconds later it is seen to her shoulders. The length changes throughout. 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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At the Beginning
Composed by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Richard Marx and Donna Lewis
Produced by Trevor Horn for Horn Productions
Arranged by Richard Marx
Donna Lewis appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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The story/legend of Princess Anastasia of Russia is an unlikely tale to be told in an animated musical. But it works, mainly because it doesn't confuse its main audience, children; but yet, at the same time, it provides enough entertainment for its older audience, adults.

"Anastasia" is based loosely on the same legendary tale as the 1956 motion picture starring Ingrid Bergman. Supposedly, as the legend goes, Russia's ruling Romanov family was murdered in the upheaval of revolution, and one child, Anastasia, escaped the carnage and survived to make a valid claim for the throne. Anastasia was the granddaughter of the Dowager Empress Marie (voiced, in this film, by Angela Lansbury), who herself escaped to Paris and now wearily rejects one imposter after another.

Meg Ryan provides the vocals for Anastasia. The film opens with her escaping from Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd); the only survivor is Anastasia and her grandmother. She spends years in a cruel orphanage, losing all memory of her earlier days. Then as a lithe and spirited teenager, she falls into the clutches of two con men named Dimitri (John Cusack) and Vladimir (Kelsey Grammer). They both worked in the royal court and have insider knowledge; their scheme is to tutor an imposter until she can fool the Dowager Empress. The irony, which the movie makes much of, is that this impostor is, in fact, the real thing.

The only minor problem with "Anastasia" is how it tries to fill in the story with an overly-evil (and truly unbelievable) villian. The ending is more than ridiculous. If the entire tale was a "Sleeping Beauty"-type-story, it might be more believable, but right as we are led to believe this story is BASED on something somewhat true and based on true events, they throw in a living-dead-monster, Rasputin, to try and kill Anastasia. Good if the movie was a fantasy set up from the beginning, but it wasn't. It was a more serious 'toon turned into a fantasy one by the end.

The film's directors and producers (and former Disney artists) Don Bluth and Gary Goldman put together this film. Their film credits include "An American Tail" and "All Dogs Go to Heaven." No surprise, because the film, "Anastasia," like the other films, is darker than most fairy-tale-Disney-movies. It's more graphic, gritty and real, which is why the end is so disappointing.

In a time when CGI seems to be taking over the animation world, "Anastasia" is a good reminder that cartoon films can still be made good. A "Monsters, Inc.," it isn't, but it is definitely good.

I would give "Anastasia" a solid "4," but the end was ridiculous and predictable, and way out of turn for a film of its nature. It set itself up as a serious animated film, but then dropped everything and switched to fantasy. Its only blunder is this.

3/5 stars -

John Ulmer


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