- Actors: Alan Rickman, Greta Scacchi, Ian McKellen, David Warner, John Wood
- Directors: Uli Edel
- Format: Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, PAL
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Mosaic
- VHS Release Date: 4 April 1998
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004RUHS
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,468 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Alan Rickman certainly steals the show as the mysterious Siberian "holy man," and his complex portrayal of the man who many people still blame for the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was superb, eerie and unsettling in its intensity. Greta Scacchi delivers an absolutely stellar performance as the Empress Alexandra, whose genuine maternal instincts and love for her husband are shown without the tired old stereotype which shows her as an interfering shrew. Ian McKellen is also wonderful as Nicholas II, and once again the film pays a tribute to history by disregarding many inaccurate popular stereotypes. McKellen's portrayal of the Tsar is one of a devoted family man, conscientious sovereign and relatively independent personality; not the vapid, unintelligent, fatalistic, hen-picked moron of popular misconception.
The portrayals of Alexei, Prince Youssopov and Pytor Stolypin were all wonderful as well. The four actresses selected to play Nicholas and Alexandra's daughters also had a beautiful screen presence.
The psychological pressure applied to the imperial family because of Alexei's haemophilia is wonderfully presented, as is the religious atmosphere of late Tsarist Russia. The film's finest scenes is, undoubtedly, the murder of the Romanovs, which helps convey some of the horror of that terrible event.
Ian MacKellen is also superb, but as in many of his films Alan Rickman pulls out all the stops to lead powerfully in this award winning sumptuous production.
Rasputin convinces the Tzarina and later the Tzar of his abilities, so he has a place in court, although he is a very embarrassing man, uneducated, unpredictable and too fond of wine and gypsy prostitutes. Behind the scenes Russian people suffer, the First world war (predicted by Rasputin) is started and the last minutes of the Romanov family are at hand. Everything is told very economically, nothing too much and yet everything you need to know, with authentic film material cut into the story.
The film is a feast for the eyes and mind, even though some historical facts aren't exact. In fact: Rasputin's asketism was an odd one: women and wine, yes, sweets and pastries, no - so he never (probably) ate the poison. Anyway, this isn't a documentary. As a story it works like a dream, the actors are unbelievably good - so it really feels unfair to start talking about Rickman and not others. So I'm just saying: they are all wonderful, top of the trade. But the movie is called "Rasputin".Read more ›
it got me hooked from the start. Rickman was divine, and the only man who could portray this complex man. scenery spectacular, and for a quick dip into russian culture this is the film, best one i've ever watched. all actors were wonderful, and only alan rickman could have played this part so well.
I was glued open-mouthed to the screen. Alan Rickman is stunning in the lead. Ian Mckellan is also impressive. I urge everyone to watch this film, you will be shocked by the events that actually took place and stunned by the superb acting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really annoyed to find this was a German version, with only German subtitles and 2 German audio tracks. No English at all anywhere.Published 1 month ago by Lee Hayes
Arrived quickly fantastic price Alan Rickman at his finest worth seeing for all true fansPublished 8 months ago by Vicky Driver
I presumed this film would be in English! But No, it is in German! I don't speak German, so absolutely gutted! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mrs. G. J. Neale
i always thought that alec guiness was the only actor,but here we have alan rickman,excellent movie what a terrific cast[even thought historically inaccurate]Published on 19 Mar. 2012 by A. Hussain