- Acclaimed Flop: Although the film received critical acclaim for its production value, strong cast performances, and garnered six Academy Award nominations, it was a financial flop upon release.
- Box Office Bomb: Budget, $9 million. Box office, $7 million (rentals).
- Executive Meddling: Despite the massive box-office success and critical acclaim that Sam Spiegel had brought Columbia Pictures with On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Lawrence of Arabia, the studio was unwilling to give Spiegel the budget he needed, due to a string of recent box-office failures, including The Chase and The Night of the Generals.
- Star-Making Role: Subverted for Tom Baker. Despite getting lots of praise and a Golden Globe nomination, it really didn't launch Baker into stardom, he'd have to wait 3 more years for Doctor Who to do that.
- What Could Have Been:
- Joseph L. Mankiewicz and George Stevens were approached to direct.
- Richard Burton was offered the role of Tsar Nicholas, but he declined due to personal problems, with which he was dealing at the time.
- Julie Christie, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Vanessa Redgrave were considered for Alexandra.
- Marlon Brando and Peter O'Toole were considered for Rasputin. Yul Brynner actively sought the role.
- Rex Harrison turned down the role of Count Witte, saying, "Tell him (Sam Spiegel) I do not play bit parts."
- Olivia Hussey was considered for one of the Grand Duchesses.
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