Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra

Franklin J Schaffner (1971)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This sumptuous, if overlong, epic about the last days of the Russian Romanov dynasty, before the Bolsheviks executed Tsar Nicholas II and his family, shows the stretchmarks of too much padding, though Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman, as the Tsar and Tsarina, are a poignant reminder that a royal marriage can be both faithful and true. Adapted from the book by Robert K Massie, it overwhelms us with its detail, though Tom Baker is a lot of fun as the leering mystic Rasputin, and there are cameo appearances from Timothy West, Laurence Olivier and Michael Redgrave, among others. Master cameraman Freddie Young got an Oscar nomination for his gilt-edged photography, but it was the sterling art direction and costume design that were rewarded with statuettes.


Epic historical costume drama chronicling the reign of Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, until his overthrow in the 1917 October Revolution and exile in Siberia with his family, culminating in their assassination. Starring Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, Tom Baker, Harry Andrews and Michael Redgrave.

Cast & Crew

Tsar Nicholas II Michael Jayston
Empress Alexandra Janet Suzman
Count Witte Laurence Olivier
Count Fredericks Jack Hawkins
Rasputin Tom Baker
Grand Duke Nicholas Harry Andrews
Sazonov Michael Redgrave
Princess Anastasia Fiona Fullerton
Princess Marie Candace Glendenning
Princess Tatiana Lynne Fredrick
Princess Olga Ania Marson
Prince Alexis Roderic Noble
Karensky John McEnery
Director Franklin J Schaffner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video and DVD