GP | | Biography, Drama, History
Czar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.
There are many historical inaccuracies in this movie, but neither the filmmakers nor Robert K. Massie, upon whose book this title is based, can be held responsible for the inaccuracies in regard to characters and events. When Robert K. Massie initially researched materials for his book, the Soviet government was still in power in Russia, and would only authorize viewing of those "facts" that had been assumed by people, and "approved" by the ruling government to be examined by researchers of the Romanov family. It was not until the Soviet government fell in 1991, that documents that had been secretly put away, and which were hidden from the public could be fully examined and researched.
Tsar Nicholas II:
Gentlemen, Germany has declared war on Russia. God save Russia!
Nikolasha: God save the Tsar.
During the last scene, which involves a wait of at least one minute while a clock in the room is seen to be ticking, the minute hand of the clock does not move a millimetre.
"By courtesy of the National Theatre of G.B." is written underneath Tom Baker and Laurence Olivier's names in the end credits. "By courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company" is written underneath Janet Suzman's name.
The present DVD issue is slightly longer than the original VHS versions and includes several scenes not featured in the earlier versions e.g. a Russian general committing suicide and more scenes of the royal family in captivity.
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