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An opportunistic russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the grand duchess anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40219392
UPC 024543060918
UPC 14 00024543060918
Format DVD
Release Date 2/4/2009
Essential Cinema
Scams And Cons
Stage Play
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In 1917, Russian revolutionaries overthrew the last czar, Nicholas, imprisoning him and his family and executing them one year later. Shortly thereafter, rumors began to spread that one of the czar's daughters, Anastasia, was still alive. In 1928, a woman surfaced claiming to be Anastasia. Based on the play, and the fictionalized account of actual events, ANASTASIA tells the story of Anna (Ingrid Bergman), the impoverished, suicidal Russian woman living in Paris who believes she may be Anastasia. When ex-military leader General Bounin, deftly played by Yul Brynner, and his cohorts discover Anna, they convince her, through grueling training sessions, that she is, in fact, the real princess. Yet Anna's own unmistakable memories unnerve even the general who, upon finding her, believed she was only a fake. The climax of the film, in which the Dowager Empress (Helen Hayes), who is still alive, meets Anastasia, is poignant and riveting. Shot on location in Paris, director Anatole Litvak commands incomparable performances from Bergman, Hayes, and Brynner in this captivating tale of lost identity. Bergman won her second Oscar for her winning portrayal that introduces just the right regal note of doubt about her real heritage.
Plot Summary
Summary Years after the last Russian czar and his entire family are murdered during the revolution, a former asylum patient, Anna (Ingrid Bergman), surfaces and might be Czar Nicholas's daughter, Anastasia. With only dim memories--and an uncanny resemblance to the lost princess--to guide her, she allows herself to be taken in by the ex-czarist military leader and con man Bounin (Yul Brynner) and be unveiled as the princess. Only a meeting with Anastasia's grandmother, the Dowager Empress who is still alive in Denmark, will reveal if Anastasia really is who she claims to be.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "If the caviar was real, SHE would be real."--A guest at a party where Anastasia is introduced to the exiled aristocracy in Paris for the first time
Anatole Litvak
Ingrid Bergman
Yul Brynner
Helen Hayes
Cast & Crew
Akim Tamiroff - Star
Ingrid Bergman - Star
Martita Hunt - Star
Yul Brynner - Star
Helen Hayes - Star
Felix Aylmer - Star
Natalie Schafer - Star
Andrew Low - Set Designer
Marcelle Maurette - Source Writer
Arthur Laurents - Writer
Rene Hubert - Costume Designer
Bill Andrews - Production Designer
Guy Bolton - Writer
Andre Andrejew - Production Designer
Buddy Adler - Producer
Bert Bates - Editor
Jack Hildyard - Cinematographer
Alfred Newman - Composer
Anatole Litvak - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1956
Catalog ID 2006091
UPC 00024543060918
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Name Ingrid Bergman
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1956
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Live, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Bergman,Ingrid
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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