Rasputin and the Empress (1933)





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In pre-Revolutionary Russia, the scheming monk Rasputin holds the Czar and his royal family in the palm of his hand after he cures their ailing son, plotting a wicked path to greater power. This huge-scale MGM historical drama toplines the one-time collaboration of the Barrymore clan to mixed results.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Charles MacArthur
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2009
Warner Bros.


as Prince Paul Chegodie...

as Empress Alexandra (T...

as Rasputin (aka Father...

as The Czar

as Natasha

as Grand Duke Igor

as Doctor

as Anastasia

as Maria

as Landlady

as Chief of Secret Poli...

as Prof. Propotkin

as German Language Teac...

as Policeman

as Reveler

as Butler

as Soldier

as Princess
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Critic Reviews for Rasputin and the Empress

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Boleslawksi's lavish production of this historical melodrama is best known today as the only film that all three Barrymores (John, Ethel and Lionel) made together.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011

Is memorable only because it's the one and only time that the Barrymore family appeared together on screen.

Full Review… | February 21, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Splendidly stylish, often terrifying with great turns by all the Barrymores.

November 5, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Rasputin and the Empress


Interesting drama with the three Barrymore's together but could have used tighter editing.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This is worth watching just for the fact that all three of the Barrymore clan are in it - John, Ethel and Lionel. It's a good story with a fine production. It is a bit long and has some slow areas, still, the acting is grand and it has many interesting scenes.

James Higgins

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