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Czar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.
The execution scene proved to be emotionally taxing for the four young actresses playing the Grand Duchesses (Ania Marson, Lynne Frederick, Candace Glendenning, and Fiona Fullerton). Director Franklin J. Schaffner noticed that the girls had gotten so "caught up in the story" and had drawn such a close bond with each other, that they had felt like they where all a real family. During the actual filming of the execution scene, some of the girls broke down into tears and got hysterical on the set. In-between takes, they where taken backstage and given cups of tea in order to calm down before they returned to finish filming the dramatic and violent sequence.
Not quite the way you do it in your Parliament. We haven't English manners yet.
The British Ambassador: My government is more concerned with content, than style. One detects a certain sentiment of peace. That worries us.
Alexander Kerensky: It's mostly the Bolsheviks. Nobody pays any ...
The near-ending scene where the family is laughing about unflattering photos taken of them and reading letters from their relatives, friends and teachers has Nicholas saying "in a 'month or two'" as when "Mama" (Nicholas'; the Queen Mother) would be off to England in. Actually, Marie Feodorovna didn't go to England until 1919, the year after the family's July 1918 deaths.
"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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