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  • PG
  • Biography, Drama
  • 1971
  • 183 mins

Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra


This film won Oscars for art direction and costumes and possibly inspired Alan Parker's condemnation of such ponderous works as 'the Laura Ashley school of film-making'. Certainly they seldom come duller - especially in the latter half - and even when cut by some 28 minutes after release, this remained a picture-book portrayal of the last years of Czarist Russia, seen through the eyes of Nicholas (Jayston) and Alexandra (Suzman). The leads fare reasonably well in the earlier scenes, but the passing parade of characters is just that.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Lynne Frederick, Michael Jayston, Ania Marson, Janet Suzman, Candace Glendenning, Roderic Noble
  • Director: Franklin J Schaffner
  • Writer: Edward Bond, James Goldman
  • Producer: Sam Spiegel
  • Photographer: Freddie Young

In a nutshell

Production values are high, but it lacks momentum.

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