Danielle Steel's Zoya

Danielle Steel's Zoya

Richard A Colla (1995)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Distilled from a four-hour mini-series, but still quite a marathon, this costume melodrama can't be accused of stinting on period detail. However, the storyline is riddled with romanticised clichés and historical stereotypes, as revolution forces Melissa Gilbert's Russian royal to flee to Paris with resourceful grandmother Diana Rigg. There she is forced to endure humiliating poverty before marrying a dashing American soldier (played by Gilbert's off-screen husband, Bruce Boxleitner). The stateside sequences are equally stuffed with momentous incident, as Gilbert rallies to the cause after Boxleitner loses everything in the Wall Street Crash. It's undemanding stuff, but fans of airport page-turners will have few complaints.


A Russian aristocrat is forced by the Revolution into a life of poverty-stricken exile in Paris, where she falls for an American soldier. The couple move to New York and seem set for a life of happiness - until the Wall Street Crash deals another devastating blow. Feature-length melodrama, based on Danielle Steel's novel, starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Boxleitner and Diana Rigg.

Cast & Crew

Zoya Ossipov Melissa Gilbert
Clayton Andrews Bruce Boxleitner
Axelle Denise Alexander
Young Sasha Taryn Davis
Vladimir David Warner
Evgenia Diana Rigg
Mrs Molloy Peggy Cass
Natalya Jane How
Director Richard A Colla
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Other Information

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