|To capture the grandeur and drama of the tumultuous end of the Tsarist era in Russia, Rasputin was lavishly filmed in the grand palaces and public rooms of St. Petersburg and Budapest. Hundreds of actors were arrayed in elaborate period costumes to recreate the splendour and excitement of the court of the last Tsar. |
The renowned cast brings to life the main players in the amazing story of the peasant mystic who held the fate of an entire nation in his hands. Alan Rickman (Galaxy Quest, Die Hard) inhabits with wild intensity the character of the hypnotic Grigori Rasputin, for which he won the Golden Globe, the Emmy, and the Screen Actors Guild Award. As Tsar Nicholas II, Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters, Richard III, X-Men) conveys the subtle complexity of the historic figure: family man, military commander and last in a line of absolute rulers. His performance earned the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor. Greta Scacchi (The Red Violin) is the Tsarina Alexandra, torn between love for her dying son and the best interests of her husband and her country, in an Emmy-winning performance also nominated for the Golden Globe.
The supporting cast are exceptional as well, including David Warner, John Wood, Robert Lang, James Frain, Ian Hoog, and Sheila Ruskin.
Alan Rickman (Rasputin) and Greta Scacchi (Tsarina Alexandra)
Greta Scacchi (Tsarina Alexandra) and Ian McKellen (Tsar Nicholas II)