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* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Deconstructed. Everyone in the Duma cheers when Rasputin is shot, except for [[OnlySaneMan Kerensky]], who points Russia's problems go beyond what killing one crazy monk can solve.

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* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Deconstructed. Everyone in the Duma cheers when Rasputin is shot, except for [[OnlySaneMan Kerensky]], who points out that Russia's problems go beyond what killing one crazy monk can solve.


* UnwantedEvenByHisOwnKin: Nicholas by even his distant foreign relatives, ex. told this by Kerensky in summer, 1917 when he returns from the battle front to his family that none of Russia's WWI allies will grant them sanctuary, not even his own British cousin, King George V.

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* UnwantedEvenByHisOwnKin: Nicholas by even his distant foreign relatives, ex. told this by Kerensky in summer, 1917 when he returns from the battle front to his family family: that none of Russia's WWI allies will grant them sanctuary, not even his own British cousin, King George V.V, because of his accumulated past abuses of his own people.


* UnwantedEvenByHisKin: Nicholas by even his distant foreign relatives, ex. told this by Kerensky in summer, 1917 when he returns from the battle front to his family that none of Russia's WWI allies will grant them sanctuary, not even his own British cousin, King George V.

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* UnwantedEvenByHisKin: UnwantedEvenByHisOwnKin: Nicholas by even his distant foreign relatives, ex. told this by Kerensky in summer, 1917 when he returns from the battle front to his family that none of Russia's WWI allies will grant them sanctuary, not even his own British cousin, King George V.


* BigShutUp: Kerensky to Alexandra after she complains about wanting her luxuries with her.
--> Frau Romanov, you have kept your head, that is enough.

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* BigShutUp: Kerensky to Alexandra after she complains about wanting her luxuries with her.
her as they're about to go on a train to Siberia in summer 1917.
--> Frau Romanov, you have kept your head, that is enough.you should be grateful.



* TheChessmaster: Lenin, who manages to talk the Germans into smuggling him out of Switzerland and through their country to Sweden, so he can thence go to Russia and lead a revolution that will take Russia out of the war.

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* TheChessmaster: Lenin, who manages to talk the Germans into smuggling him out of Switzerland and through their country to Sweden, so he can thence go to Russia and lead a revolution that will take Russia out of the war.war, leaving Germany free to send (more ?) of its troops to the western front.



* DrivenToSuicide: A tsarist officer surveys his men, a group of young boys and wrinkled grandpas, some of whom are wielding scythes instead of rifles. He sends them off marching somewhere, then lies down and shoots himself, reflecting how badly the war is going for Russia by this point.

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* DrivenToSuicide: A tsarist officer surveys his men, a group of young boys and wrinkled grandpas, some of whom are wielding scythes instead of rifles. He sends them off marching somewhere, then lies down and shoots himself, reflecting how badly the war is going for Russia by this point.point and knowing that he just sent helpless men and boys to their dooms.



--> '''Grand Duke Nicholas''': Well Nicky, let me put it this way. ''(Presents a bullet)'' This is a bullet, munitioned in Saint Petersburg. I send it off to war. How does it get there? On a single spur of railroad track four thousand miles long. And in the middle, no track at all. God help us, it spends three days packed on sleds. This works the same way for every pair of boots, first aid kit, or pound of tea we send. Get out now, Nicky. While there is time.

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--> '''Grand Duke Nicholas''': Well Nicky, let me put it this way. ''(Presents a bullet)'' This is a bullet, munitioned made in Saint Petersburg. I send it off to war. How does it get there? On a single spur of railroad track four thousand miles long. And in the middle, no track at all. God help us, it spends three days packed on sleds. This works the same way for every pair of boots, first aid kit, or pound of tea we send. Get out now, Nicky. While there is time.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: When the Bolsheviks direct their guns at the royal family, they either scream, close their eyes, huddle together, or a combination of the three--except for Anastasia, who just glares at her killers right before they start shooting.
* FamousLastWords: Nicholas's last words are "Help Anastasia," a likely reference to Anastasia becoming the most famous Romanov.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: When the Bolsheviks direct their guns at the royal family, they either scream, close their eyes, huddle together, make an Orthodox sign of the cross or a combination of the three--except for Anastasia, who just glares at her killers right before they start shooting.
* FamousLastWords: Nicholas's last words are "Help Anastasia," a likely reference to Anastasia becoming the most famous Romanov.Romanov who would since the following decade (1920's) be impersonated (unsuccessfully) by many lying pretenders, the most notorious of these being "Anna Anderson".



** HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Nicholas trusts the wrong kind of people with running his country, and believes against all evidence and logic that Rasputin is a holy man. He even thinks the Communist guards are there to help them, when even Alexei realizes that they are there to kill them.

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** HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Nicholas trusts the wrong kind kinds of people with running his country, and believes against all evidence and logic that Rasputin is a holy man. He even thinks the Communist guards are there to help them, when even Alexei realizes that they are there to kill them.



* {{Foil}}: Dowager Empress Marie to Alexandra, as they pretty much were [[TruthInTelevision in real life]]. Marie is a witty, socially adept, astute woman who understands her own limits when it comes to governing and believes that high-ranking positions should go to those most qualified for them, even if you don't like them on a personal level. Alexandra is a cold, shy, and naive fool who lets a smelly fake monk influence her decision-making, doles out jobs to inept buffoons because said "monk" likes them, and repeatedly (and disastrously) meddles in affairs she doesn't understand.

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* {{Foil}}: Dowager Empress Marie to Alexandra, as they pretty much were [[TruthInTelevision in real life]]. Marie is a witty, socially adept, astute woman who understands her own limits when it comes to governing and believes that high-ranking positions should go to those most qualified for them, even if you don't like them on a personal level. Alexandra is a cold, shy, and naive fool who lets a smelly fake monk influence her decision-making, doles out jobs to inept buffoons because said "monk" likes them, and repeatedly (and disastrously) meddles in affairs that she doesn't understand.



* HeelFaceTurn: The Imperial Guards and the Cossacks abandon the tsar and join the revolution midway through the second act. In one notable scene, a group of Cossacks on horseback confront a mob of hungry peasants who have broken into a bread shop and are trying to tear open the bags of grain. The guards draw their swords, the leader advances, raises his sword, and... cuts a bag open for the peasants, with the rest quickly following suit.

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* HeelFaceTurn: The Imperial Guards and the Cossacks abandon the tsar and join the revolution midway through the second act. In one notable scene, a group of Cossacks on horseback confront a mob of hungry peasants who have broken into a bread shop bakery and are trying to tear open the bags of grain. The guards draw their swords, the leader advances, raises his sword, and... cuts a bag open for the peasants, with the rest of the guards quickly following suit.



** Nicholas' incompetence and the [[PetTheDog love he had for his family]] are played up. His accomplishments, while not being able to stop the revolution did led to some improvements in Russian lives, are not touched upon, nor is his blatant racism and antisemitism.
** Pyotr Stolypin is portrayed as a reformist. But he also implemented a series of [[KangarooCourt Kangaroo Courts]] in response to the 1905 revolution that were so notorious for hanging people, the noose was nicknamed "Stolypin's necktie".

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** Nicholas' incompetence and the [[PetTheDog love he had for his family]] are played up. His accomplishments, while not being able to stop the revolution did led to some improvements in Russian lives, are not touched upon, nor is his blatant racism and antisemitism.anti-Semitism.
** Pyotr Stolypin is portrayed as a reformist. But he also implemented a series of [[KangarooCourt Kangaroo Courts]] in response to the 1905 revolution that were so notorious for hanging people, the noose rope nooses used in these executions was nicknamed "Stolypin's necktie".neckties".



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Bolsheviks. They kill the czar and his family. Lenin makes his intentions clear in an early scene.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Bolsheviks. They They'll kill the czar and his family. Lenin makes his intentions clear in an early scene.


--> '''Yusupov''': You think you are in control, but you'll be swept away just like the rest of us. Rome, Athens, Petersburg, you can't stop it. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy myself. I am throwing a little soiree on Thursday, why not come? I cannot stop the revolution, but until it comes, let us have some fun. Even if it only for a few more days.

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--> '''Yusupov''': You politicians think you are you're in control, but you'll be swept away just like the rest of us. Rome, Athens, Petersburg, you can't stop it. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy myself. I am throwing a little soiree on Thursday, why not come? I cannot stop the revolution, but until it comes, let us have some fun. Even if it only for a few more days.


* EndOfAnAge: How Count Witte regards the eventual downfall of the tsarist Russia.

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* EndOfAnAge: How Count Witte regards predicts the eventual downfall of the tsarist Russia.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: When the Bolsheviks direct their guns at the royal family, they either scream, close their eyes, huddle together, or a combination of the three--except for Anastasia, who just glares at her soon-to-be killers right before they start shooting.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: When the Bolsheviks direct their guns at the royal family, they either scream, close their eyes, huddle together, or a combination of the three--except for Anastasia, who just glares at her soon-to-be killers right before they start shooting.



** HenpeckedHusband: He's married to a demanding, pampered princess with zero interest in the country, and ends up more invested in her than in governing.

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** HenpeckedHusband: He's married to a demanding, pampered princess with zero interest in the country, and ends up more invested interested in her than in governing.



** Nicholas' incompetence and the [[PetTheDog love he had for his family]] are played up. His accomplishments, while not being able to stop revolution did led to some improvements in Russian lives, are not touched upon, nor is his blatant racism and antisemitism.

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** Nicholas' incompetence and the [[PetTheDog love he had for his family]] are played up. His accomplishments, while not being able to stop the revolution did led to some improvements in Russian lives, are not touched upon, nor is his blatant racism and antisemitism.



* UndyingLoyalty: Nagorny, the sailor tasked with being Alexei's full-time caretaker, who sticks with the Romanovs until he's shot at Ekaterinburg for defending Alexei from a thief. (Not shown is a second sailor caretaker, Andrei Derevenko, who went over to the Bolsheviks.) Also Dr. Botkin, who dies along with the family in the basement room of Ipatiev House.

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* UndyingLoyalty: Nagorny, the sailor tasked with being Alexei's full-time caretaker, who sticks with the Romanovs until he's shot at Ekaterinburg for defending Alexei from a thief. (Not shown is a second sailor caretaker, Andrei Derevenko, who went over to the Bolsheviks.) Also Dr. Botkin, who dies along with the family in the basement room of the Ipatiev House.


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* UnwantedEvenByHisKin: Nicholas by even his distant foreign relatives, ex. told this by Kerensky in summer, 1917 when he returns from the battle front to his family that none of Russia's WWI allies will grant them sanctuary, not even his own British cousin, King George V.


* JerkassHasAPoint: When Nicholas is begging for Nagorny's life, he says "No man should wield that power." The commander coldly tells him "You wielded that power." Nicholas is forced to admit that he did, and that he let it destroy him.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: When Nicholas is begging for Nagorny's life, he says "No man should wield have that that power." The commander coldly tells him "You wielded that power.had it." Nicholas is forced to admit that he did, and that he let it destroy him.


'''Maria Fedorova''': He knew how to be a Tsar. He'd have burned Vienna down, stamped on the Germans, shot the strikers, ANYTHING to give Russia peace. And HE'D certainly know how to deal with Rasputin.

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'''Maria Fedorova''': He knew how to be a Tsar. He'd have burned Vienna down, stamped on the Germans, shot the strikers, ANYTHING to give Russia peace. And HE'D certainly know have known how to deal with Rasputin.



--> '''Yusupov''': You ministers never cease to amaze me. You think you are in control, but you are going to be swept away just like us princes. I am throwing a little soiree on Thursday, why not come? I cannot stop the revolution, but until it comes, let us have some fun. Even if it only for a few more days.

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--> '''Yusupov''': You ministers never cease to amaze me. You think you are in control, but you are going to you'll be swept away just like us princes.the rest of us. Rome, Athens, Petersburg, you can't stop it. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy myself. I am throwing a little soiree on Thursday, why not come? I cannot stop the revolution, but until it comes, let us have some fun. Even if it only for a few more days.


* {{Foil}}: Dowager Empress Marie to Alexandra, as they pretty much were [[TruthInTelevision in real life]]. Marie is a witty, socially adept, astute woman who understands her own limits when it comes to governing and believes that high-ranking positions should go to those most qualified for them, even if you don't like them on a personal level. Alexandra is a cold, shy, and naive fool who let's a smelly fake monk influence her decision-making, doles out jobs to inept buffoons because said "monk" likes them, and repeatedly (and disastrously) meddles in affairs she doesn't understand.

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* {{Foil}}: Dowager Empress Marie to Alexandra, as they pretty much were [[TruthInTelevision in real life]]. Marie is a witty, socially adept, astute woman who understands her own limits when it comes to governing and believes that high-ranking positions should go to those most qualified for them, even if you don't like them on a personal level. Alexandra is a cold, shy, and naive fool who let's lets a smelly fake monk influence her decision-making, doles out jobs to inept buffoons because said "monk" likes them, and repeatedly (and disastrously) meddles in affairs she doesn't understand.


** Once Nicholas has abdicated, the royal family is essentially rendered harmless, yet the Bolsheviks, after taking power, take several opportunities to torment them whenever a chance is presented. Examples include separating them from the childrens' French tutor, giving the girls no privacy when they are dressing/undressing, manhandling Alexei--a crippled little boy--and then killing his bodyguard when the latter tries to defend him, and then finally giving them a brief HopeSpot ForTheEvulz by giving them all the mail they had withheld from them before brutally murdering all of them in a cellar. Even Yusupov feels that this was just plain cruel.

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** Once Nicholas has abdicated, the royal family is essentially rendered harmless, yet the Bolsheviks, after taking power, take several opportunities to torment them whenever a chance is presented. Examples include separating them from the childrens' French tutor, giving the girls no privacy when they are dressing/undressing, manhandling Alexei--a crippled little boy--and then killing his bodyguard when the latter tries to defend him, and then finally giving them a brief HopeSpot ForTheEvulz by giving them all the mail they had withheld from them before brutally murdering all of them in a cellar. Even Yusupov Yurovsky feels that this was just plain cruel.


** Once Nicholas has abdicated, the royal family is essentially rendered harmless, yet the Bolsheviks, after taking power, take several opportunities to torment them whenever a chance is presented. Examples include separating them from the childrens' French tutor, giving the girls no privacy when they are dressing/undressing, manhandling Alexei--a crippled little boy--and then killing his bodyguard when the latter tries to defend him, and then finally giving them a brief HopeSpot ForTheEvulz by giving them all the mail they had withheld from them before brutally murdering all of them in a cellar.

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** Once Nicholas has abdicated, the royal family is essentially rendered harmless, yet the Bolsheviks, after taking power, take several opportunities to torment them whenever a chance is presented. Examples include separating them from the childrens' French tutor, giving the girls no privacy when they are dressing/undressing, manhandling Alexei--a crippled little boy--and then killing his bodyguard when the latter tries to defend him, and then finally giving them a brief HopeSpot ForTheEvulz by giving them all the mail they had withheld from them before brutally murdering all of them in a cellar. Even Yusupov feels that this was just plain cruel.


* HistoricalVillainDowngrade/HistoricalVillainUpgrade/HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The movie plays around with its depiction of historical figures.

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade/HistoricalVillainUpgrade/HistoricalHeroUpgrade: HistoricalVillainDowngrade[=/=]HistoricalVillainUpgrade[=/=]HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The movie plays around with its depiction depictions of historical figures.


This film is notable for an impressive AllStarCast. Creator/TomBaker, best known for being the most iconic incarnation of ''Series/DoctorWho'', has a memorable supporting role as [[UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk Rasputin]]. Creator/LaurenceOlivier also makes the most of limited screen time as Count Witte, Nicholas's one intelligent adviser. A startlingly young Creator/BrianCox plays Trotsky, and Creator/IanHolm plays a Red officer who takes charge of the Romanovs for a while.

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This film is notable for an impressive AllStarCast. Creator/TomBaker, best known for being the most iconic incarnation of ''Series/DoctorWho'', has a memorable supporting role as [[UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk Rasputin]].Rasputin]], which earned him a Global Globe nomination. Creator/LaurenceOlivier also makes the most of limited screen time as Count Witte, Nicholas's one intelligent adviser. A startlingly young Creator/BrianCox plays Trotsky, and Creator/IanHolm plays a Red officer who takes charge of the Romanovs for a while.


''Nicholas and Alexandra'' is a 1971 film Franklin J. Schaffner. It is a BioPic of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, and his wife Alexandra, dramatizing their lives from 1904 to 1918, as their world collapses around them, they are overthrown, and they are eventually murdered by the Bolsheviks. The film shows the personal side of Nicholas and Alexandra, their loving and affectionate relationships with each other and their children, while also portraying their incompetence as rulers and their many mistakes that led to their destruction. Other scenes follow Kerensky, who struggles to establish a democratic government in Russia following the overthrow of the Romanovs, and Lenin, who rises from obscure rabble-rouser to ruler of the Soviet Union.

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''Nicholas and Alexandra'' is a 1971 film Franklin J. Schaffner. It is a BioPic {{Biopic}} of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, and his wife Alexandra, dramatizing their lives from 1904 to 1918, as their world collapses around them, they are overthrown, and they are eventually murdered by the Bolsheviks. The film shows the personal side of Nicholas and Alexandra, their loving and affectionate relationships with each other and their children, while also portraying their incompetence as rulers and their many mistakes that led to their destruction. Other scenes follow Kerensky, who struggles to establish a democratic government in Russia following the overthrow of the Romanovs, and Lenin, who rises from obscure rabble-rouser to ruler of the Soviet Union.


* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: The Bolsheviks. They kill the czar and his family. Lenin makes his intentions clear in an early scene.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Bolsheviks. They kill the czar and his family. Lenin makes his intentions clear in an early scene.

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