This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the ... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1986  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Catherine the Great (TV Movie 1996)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great.

Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, John Goldsmith
Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul McGann, Ian Richardson
Around the World in 80 Days I (TV Mini-Series 1989)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Victorian Age English gentleman takes a wager that he can circle the globe in the unprecedented time of just eighty days.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Eric Idle, Julia Nickson
Anastasia (1956)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes
Lost Empires (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Adapted from the novel Lost Empires' released in conjunction with original telecast. In 1913 young Richard Herncastle joins his Uncle Nick's magic act and is introduced to the enchanted ... See full summary »

Stars: Colin Firth, Gillian Bevan, John Castle
Peter the Great (TV Series 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The tale of the 18th century Russian Tsar Peter the Great's demise.

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Peter the Great 4 episodes, 1986
...
...
 Prince Feodor Romodanovsky 4 episodes, 1986
...
 Sir Isaac Newton 4 episodes, 1986
...
 King William III of Orange 4 episodes, 1986
...
 Alexander Menshikov 4 episodes, 1986
...
...
 Charlotte 4 episodes, 1986
...
...
...
 Frederick 4 episodes, 1986
...
 Catherine Skevronskaya 4 episodes, 1986
Mike Gwilym ...
 Shafirov 4 episodes, 1986
...
 Count Tolstoy 4 episodes, 1986
...
 Boyar Lopukhin 4 episodes, 1986
...
 Patriarch 4 episodes, 1986
...
...
 Prince Vasily Golitsyn 4 episodes, 1986
...
 Col. Patrick Gordon 4 episodes, 1986
Vladimir Ilin ...
 Earl Sheremetief 4 episodes, 1986
...
Roman Filippov ...
 Danilo Menshikov 4 episodes, 1986
Vsevolod Larionov ...
 Prince Sukhorukov 4 episodes, 1986
Algis Arlauskas ...
 Father Theodosius 4 episodes, 1986
Walter Buschhoff ...
 Silvestre Mons 4 episodes, 1986
...
 Karl XII, King of Sweden 4 episodes, 1986
Luba Ghermanova ...
 Afrosina 4 episodes, 1986
Burkhard Heyl ...
 Count Piper 4 episodes, 1986
...
...
 10 Year Old Peter 4 episodes, 1986
...
Tolly Thwaites ...
 Boy Alexis 4 episodes, 1986
Ulli Philipp ...
Denis DeMarne ...
 Old Peter the Great 4 episodes, 1986
Philip Bowen
Michael MacKenzie
Vera Kharybina
Anton Ragulin
Boris Shcherbakov
Heinz Weiss ...
 Austrian doctor 4 episodes, 1986
Dmitriy Chernigovskiy ...
 Michael Menshikov 4 episodes, 1986
Cameron Austin Schiller ...
 Boy in Castle 4 episodes, 1986
Edit

Storyline

This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the efforts of Peter in transforming Russia in an "all European" country, importing scientists, costumes, technology and military tactics. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter der Große  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Maximilian Schell, presuming there were hidden microphones in the Russian hotel rooms, preceded every rehearsal with a preamble that the following was a rehearsal and not espionage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ron Reagan/The Nelsons (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Not very accurate as a historical work, but very good as a movie!
12 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Russia, the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. Tzar Peter, much ahead of his times, attempts at turning his country into the modern world. However, it is a real hardship to achieve the goals. He has to cope with conspiracies, even in his own family, and the objection from the church and the mob. That's more or less a brief summary of the mini series Peter the Great. Although the movie entails several serious historical inaccuracies, a viewer does get a general picture of the Russia of that time, of tzar Peter and his genius. What is more, it is very good as a movie.

Any director has the right to change something in history, interpret it in his/her own way. That is no problem. The real distortion comes when there is a travesty of the times and of historic figures. But that is out of question when applied to this movie.

The action is great! The mini series, though quite long, is made in such a way that once you start watching it, you will watch it till the end. The director's main focus is the figure of tzar Peter, his life, his goals, his dreams for Russia, and his disappointments. Looking from this perspective, the movie is a masterpiece, highly underrated. In most of the scenes with Peter, one can follow his thoughts, his experience with ruling, his goals that are hopelessly destroyed by the patriarchs, who say that Peter lost his soul, the blind mob, and, most tragically, his son Alexis. I can't forget the scene when Peter says "I've lost my son. He doesn't love me" The tzar Peter is beautifully portrayed by two actors: young Jan Niklas, really worth noticing, and Maximilian Schell, and undoubtable talent, not only as an actor but as a director too (see for instance his Erste Liebe).

Other cast are also very, very good. Lawrence Olivier as the English king, William of Orange, Trevor Howard as Sir Isaac Newton (consider Peter's memorable meeting with Sir Newton); Ursula Andress as Athalie, and especially, Vanessa Redgrave as Peter's rebellious sister Sophia. She plays equally well as in another Russian epic, Young Catherine (1991) by Michael Anderson with Julia Ormond in the main role.

I want to make one more notice about the movie. There are a lot of scenes that the movie is worth watching for. But especially, watch the part that shows Peter's journey to Europe. Marvin J. Chomsky wonderfully presents a huge contrast between the Europe of that time and Russia. Then, you will definitely understand his goals...

Peter the Great is a Russian epic that is highly underrated and seriously forgotten. The movie is very well made, it gives a clear picture of that reality, and a memorable interpretation of Peter's life. The whole story proves one sad fact very clearly:

Great people are usually GREAT after their death! Isn't that an irony of human fate?


17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

'La La Land' Producer on the Art of Espionage

Jordan Horowitz shares some "secret" information about his new spy-thriller series, "Counterpart." Plus, Kevin Smith reveals his favorite Sundance movies of all time.

Watch now