Peter the Great (TV Mini-Series 1986)

TV Mini-Series   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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Biopic of Peter I, Czar of Russia, from childhood in 1682 to the Great Northern War against Sweden during the 1700s.



  • Lawrence Schiller in Peter the Great (1986)
  • Laurence Olivier in Peter the Great (1986)
  • Vittorio Storaro and Lawrence Schiller in Peter the Great (1986)
  • Vanessa Redgrave in Peter the Great (1986)
  • Olegar Fedoro in Peter the Great (1986)
  • Maximilian Schell and Hanna Schygulla in Peter the Great (1986)

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6 June 2006 | heatherceana
| A very entertaining movie. Excellent performances.
I read a prior comment and was rather shocked. I was always taught that if entertainment becomes too like real-life, it ceases to be entertainment. That one should suspend one's disbelief for the term of the film - unless the film is claiming to be a documentary or to be of educational value.

Anyhow, I am not a Russian ex-patriot. I'm an American, born and bred. I loved this movie! My father is an History professor. I was well aware that the film was not entirely historically accurate. I will grant you that by 1986, one would wish to have a bit more accuracy regarding the major historical events.

I must disagree that there was a prophetic quality to the 'visionary aspects' of the character Peter the Great. I felt that it came across more as a burning passion. He seemed better educated and thus possessed of a better understanding of what the 'Western European' knowledge/technology could do to help strengthen Russia.

Maximilian Schell is perfect in this role! Although he is a Austrian actor, he is the epitome of a burly Russian Czar.

If you are looking for historical accuracy - look elsewhere. If you are looking for an intense, sweep-me-away drama filled with riveting acting - you've chosen well.

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