Anastasia (1997 film)

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Anastasia is a 1997 film about the daughter of the last Russian czar. Rasputin puts a curse on the Romanov line and kills everyone but Anastasia. She loses her memories and ten years later sets out to find her family; in the process, she is found by two Russian men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother Marie promised to the ones who'll find her. But Rasputin rises from the grave to make sure she is never reunited with her grandmother.

Directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Written by Susan Gauthier and Bruce Graham.
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Dowager Empress Marie[edit]

  • [First lines] [Narrating] There was a time, not very long ago, when we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. The year was ninteen hundred and sixteen and my son Nicholas was the Czar of Imperial Russia. We were celebrating the 300th anniversary of our family's rule. And, that night, no star burned brighter than that of our sweet Anastasia, my youngest granddaughter. She begged me not to return to Paris, so I had a very special gift made for her, to make the separation easier - for both of us.
  • [Narrating] But we would never be together in Paris, for a dark shadow had descended upon the house of the Romanovs. His name was Rasputin. We thought he was a holy man, but he was a fraud, power-mad and dangerous.
  • [Narrating] So many lives were destroyed that night. What had always been was now gone forever. And my Anastasia, my beloved grandchild, I never saw her again.
  • My heart can't take it anymore! I will see no more girls claiming to be Anastasia. [She looks at the photo on the desk and places it face down.]
  • Dimitri, I've heard of you. You're that con man from St. Petersburg, who was holding auditions to find an Anastasia look-a-like.
  • Knowing that you are alive, seeing the woman you have become, brings me joy I never thought I could feel again.


  • [After they escaped from a runaway train] I HATE trains! Remind me never to get on the train again.
  • [Trying to uncouple the baggage car from the locomotive] COME ON! I need a wrench - an ax! ANYTHING!
  • [Breaks a hammer cutting the train couplings] Come on! There's gotta be something in there better than this! [Anya hands him a dynamite] ...That'll work!
  • [After Anya hands him a dynamite stick and they hide behind boxes] What do they teach you in those orphanages?
  • [Anya just saved him from falling off the train] If we live through this, remind me to thank you.


[Grigory Rasputin crashes the celebration and Czar Nicholas II angrily confronts him]
Nicholas II: How dare you return to the palace!
Rasputin: But... I am your confidant.
Nicholas II: Confidant?! HA! You are a traitor! GET OUT!!
Rasputin: [Angrily] You think you can banish the great Rasputin?! [Holds up his reliquary] By the unholy powers vested in me, I punish you, with a curse! [everyone gasps] Mark my words! You and your family will die within a fortnight! I WILL NOT REST UNTIL I SEE THE END OF THE ROMANOV LINE FOREVER!!! [Shoots down a chandelier with his reliquary]

[Young Anastasia and Empress Marie are stuck in Anastasia's room. Young Dimitri enters from a secret door in a wall]
Dowager Empress Marie: [As she tries to take Young Anastasia out the main door] Please, hurry.
Young Dimitri: [Stops them and drags them to the secret door] Come this way! Out the servants quarters!
[Young Anastasia accidently drops her music box as she's being forced in the door]
Dowager Empress Marie: [follows Anastasia] Hurry, Anastasia!
Bartok: [watches them escape from the bedroom window] Rasputin, she's getting away!
Young Anastasia: [heads back in the room] My music box!
Young Dimitri: [gently forces her back out the door] Go, go! [closes the door]

[Dimitri and Vladimir are holding auditions for girls to portray Anastasia]
Dimitri: Next, please.
Fake Anastasia: [enters and speaks in a husky voice] Grandma, it's me, Anastasia. [sways hips]
[Vladimir drops his head on the table and begins to whimper]
Dimitri: [disgusted] Oh, brother.

[Dimitri circles around Anya, checking her body and physique to see that she's identical to the "Real" Anastasia]
Anya: Hey, why are you circling me? Wha-- What were you, a vulture in another life?!
Dimitri: I'm sorry, Enya. [Beckons Vladimir to come up]
Anya: It-- It's "Anya".
Dimitri: Anya.
Anya: [Enunciating] An-ya.
Dimitri: It's just-- It's just that you look an awful lot like-- [Points to the Romanov Family Portrait; Anya looks at it, and Dimitri takes a quick look at her butt until she looks back at him] Uh... Never mind.

[Dimitri and Vladimir have explained to Anya about their plan, except for the money, and leave her to think about it]
Vladimir: Why didn't you tell her about our brilliant plan?
Dimitri: All she wants to do is go to Paris. Why give away a third of the reward money?
Vladimir: I'm telling you: we're walking away too soon!
Dimitri: Not to worry. I've got it all... under control. [grabs Vlad] Alright, but, walk a little slower. [They walk slow for a few seconds as Dimitri checks his watch. Anya takes one good look at the portrait of herself and Empress Marie and has a feeling] Three... Two... One.
Anya: Dimitri!
Dimitri: [softly] Yes!
Vladimir: [softly] Ha! Right in the palms of our hands.
Anya: Dimitri, wait!
Dimitri: Did you call me?
Anya: If I don't remember who I am, then who's to say I'm not a princess or a duchess or a whatever she is... Right?
Dimitri: Hmm... Go on.
Anya: And if I'm not Anastasia, the Empress will certainly know right away... and it's all just an honest mistake.
Dimitri: Sounds plausible.
Vladimir: But if you are the princess, then you'll finally know who you are and have your family back.
Dimitri: You know, you know he's right! Either way, it gets you to Paris.
Anya: Right! [gives Dimitri a solid shake; he grabs his hand in pain]

[Bartok just ended up in Rasputin's section of Limbo]
Rasputin: WHO DARES INTRUDE ON MY SOLITUDE?! [kicks a slab of stone] Get out! [squeezes Bartok very hardly with his hand, but suddenly realizes who it is] Bartok? Is that you?
Bartok: Master? You're alive?
Rasputin: [scoffs] In a manner of speaking.[his right eyeball falls out of its socket.]
Bartok: Whoa. That fell right out there, sir. [Rasputin pops it back in]
Rasputin: Something has happened. I can feel the dark forces stirring!
Bartok: I'm not surprised, because i saw her, Anastasia!
Rasputin: Anastasia? Alive?! [his mouth begins to sag through his beard]
Bartok: Uh, sir, your lips, they're, um...
Rasputin: That Romanov brat!
Bartok: [adjusts Rasputin's lips to their rightful place] Yeah, ain't that a kick in the head? I guess a curse just ain't wait it used to be, huh, sir?
Rasputin: That's why I'm stuck here in Limbo! My curse is unfulfilled! [stretches out his arm with Bartok in his hand, his hand flies of his arm and hits a wall. He sees this, gasps, and begins to sob] Look at me! I'm falling apart! [sobs] I'm a wreck!
Bartok: Actually, considering how long you've been dead, you look pretty good! [Rasputin sadly scoffs] Sir, you do, you do.
Rasputin: Really?
Bartok: Sir, is this the face of a bat who would lie to you? [puts on a cute face] Come on, for a minute, you had your old spark back!
Rasputin: If only I hadn't lost that gift from the dark forces... the key to my powers...!
Bartok: What, you mean this reliquary?
Rasputin: [gasps] Where did you get that?
Bartok: Oh, I found it-- [Rasputin grabs his reliquary and his hand]
Rasputin: GIVE IT TO ME!
Bartok: Alright, alright! Don't get so grabby!
Rasputin: [screws his hand back on] My old friend! Together again! [laughs] Now my dark purpose will be fulfilled! And the last of the Romanovs will DIE!!

Dimitri: Stop fiddling with that thing, and sit up straight! Remember, you're a Grand Duchess.
Anya: How is it that you know what Grand Duchesses do or don't do?
Dimitri: I make it my business to know.
Anya: [sarcastically] Oh.
Dimitri: Look, Anya, I'm just trying to help, alright?
Anya: Dimitri, do you really think I'm royalty?
Dimitri: You know I do.
Anya: Then stop bossing me around!
Vladimir: She certainly has a mind of her own.
Dimitri: Yeah, I hate that in a woman.
[Anya sticks her tongue out at him]

Dimitri: Look, I think we got off on the wrong foot.
Anya: Well, I think we did too.
Dimitri: Okay.
Anya: But I appreciate your apology.
Dimitri: Apology? Who said anything about an apology? I was just saying that we--
Anya: Please, just don't talk anymore, okay? It's only gonna upset me.
Dimitri: Fine, I'll be quiet. I'll be quiet if you will.
Anya: Alright, I'll be quiet.
Dimitri: Fine.
Anya: Fine.
Dimitri: Fine.
Anya: Fine. [after a pause] You think you're gonna miss it?
Dimitri: Miss what, your talking?
Anya: No! Russia.
Dimitri: Nope.
Anya: But it was your home.
Dimitri: It was a place I once lived. End of story.
Anya: Well, then you must plan on making Paris your true home.
Dimitri: What is it with you and homes?!
Anya: Well, for one thing it's something that every normal person wants, and for another thing, it's a thing where you--
Dimitri: What?
Anya: Oh, just forget it!
Dimitri: Fine!
[Vladimir enters the compartment]
Anya: Thank goodness it's you! Just, please, remove him from my sight!
Vladimir: [to Dimitri] What have you done to her?
Dimitri: Me? It's her!
Anya: Ha! [leaves]
Vladimir: [to Pooka] Oh, no! An unspoken attraction?
Dimitri: [gasps] "ATTRACTION?!" For that skinny little brat?! Have you lost your mind?! [storms out]
Vladimir: I was only asking a simple question.
Dimitri: "Attraction!" Ridiculous!

Vladimir: [has just discovered that their passports are outdated] It's what I hate about this government. Everything's in red.
Dimitri: Red?!
Vladimir: I propose we move to the baggage car, quickly, before the guards come.
Dimitri: I propose we get off this train.

Dimitri: You broke my nose!
Anya: [puts her coat on] Men are such babies.

[An explosion just separated the baggage car from the dining car]
Dimitri: What was that?
Vladimir: I don't know! But there goes the dining car! [goes to the other door] Uh, Dimitri?
Dimitri: What?
Vladimir: I think someone has flambéed our engine!
Dimitri: [walks out the door to observe] Something's not right. [climbs up ladder] Wait here, I'll check it out.

Anya: We're going way too fast!
Dimitri: [comes back from the locomotive in a hurry] That's because nobody's driving this train! We're gonna have to jump!
Anya: Did you say "jump?!" [Dimitri opens the side door revealing that they are moving across a bridge] After you!
Dimitri: Fine, then we'll uncouple the car.

[Dimitri, Anya, Vlad, and Pooka are in the runaway train car and can't break it]
Dimitri: Don't worry, we've got plenty of track. We'll just coast to a stop.
[A big boom is heard and the gang falls down. They get back up and gasp in horror as they observe a bridge ahead has just been destroyed.]
Anya: You were saying?

[Rasputin is throwing a temper tantrum over an unsuccessful attempted murder of Anya]
Bartok: Uh, wow. You know, really, sir, you should watch your blood pressure. My nephew Izzy just keeled over one day, mid-mango. [screws Rasputin's thumb back on to his hand] Stress. It's a killer, sir. And he's a fruit bat. No meat. No blood even.
Rasputin: How could they let her get away?!
Bartok: Eh, you're right, it's very upsetting, sir. Oh, well. I guess this reliquary's broken. [tosses the reliquary aside]
Rasputin: YOU IDIOT! [stretches out his hand and catches it, then glares at Bartok]
Bartok: Okay, sir, take it easy. Just remember what I said to you about stress--
Rasputin: I sold my soul to this. My life, my very existence, depends on it. And you... [chuckles, then turns angry] almost destroyed it!
Bartok: I get it, I get it! You break it, you bought it!
Rasputin: See that you remember, you despicable rodent! [throws Bartok across the room]
Bartok: Oh sure, blame the bat. What the heck? We're easy targets.
Rasputin: What are you muttering about?
Bartok: Anastasia, sir! Just wishing I could do the job for you, sir. I'd give her a HA! And a HI-YA! And then a OUU-WA! And I'd kick her, sir.
Rasputin: Oooooh! I have something else in mind. Something more enticing. Something... really... cruel.

[Vladimir excitedly lets it slip that he, Anya and Dimitri are actually going to see the Dowager's cousin, Sophie]
Anya: But... I thought we were going to see the Empress herself. Why are we going to see her cousin? [to Dimitri, who tries to walk away] Dimitri?
Dimitri: [defeated] Well... no one gets near the Dowager Empress without convincing Sophie first.
Anya: Oh, no. Not me. No, no! Nobody ever told me I had to PROVE I was the Grand Duchess!
Dimitri: Look, I--
Anya: Show up? Yes. Look nice? Fine. But lie?
Dimitri: You don't know it's a lie. What if it's true? [Anya walks away but Dimitri stops her] Okay, so you are one step closer to finding out who you really are. I just thought that you would have to see to it through to the end no matter what.
Anya: But, look at me, Dimitri. I do not exactly look "Grand Duchess" material here!

Vladimir: Next, we memorize the names of the royalty. Now here we have Kropotkin
Dimitri: Shot Potemkin.
Vladimir: In the Bodkin.
Anya: Oh!
Vladimir: And dear old Uncle Vanya loved his vodka
Dimitri: Got it Anya?
Anya: No!
Vladimir: The Baron Pushkin
Anya: He was...?
Dimitri: Short!
Vladimir: Count Anatoly
Anya: Had a...?
Dimitri: Wart!
Vladimir: Count Sergei
Dimitri: Wore a feathered hat.
Vladimir: I hear he's gotten very fat.
Anya: And I recall his yellow cat!
Vladimir: (...) I don't believe we told her that...

[Dimitri is dancing with Anya]
Dimitri: That uh... dress is really beautiful.
Anya: Do you think so?
Dimitri: Yes. I mean it was nice in the hangar, but it looks even better on you. You sh-- You should wear it.
Anya: I am wearing it.
Dimitri: [embarrassed] Oh, right. right, of course... you are. I'm just trying to give you a... um--
Anya: Compliment?
Dimitri: Of course, yes.
[After Vladimir sings a song about the two having a little romance]
Anya: I'm feeling a little... dizzy.
Dimitri: Kind of light-headed?
Anya: Yeah.
Dimitri: Me too. Probably from the spinning. [they both stop dancing] Maybe we should stop.
Anya: We have stopped.
Dimitri: [Softly; Nervous] Anya, I--
Anya: [Softly; Excited] Yes?
[They lean in]

[Dimitri rescues Anya from falling off the ship while she was sleepwalking]
Dimitri: Anya! Anya, Anya, wake up! WAKE UP!
Anya: [wakes up; panting and frightened] The Romanov Curse!
Dimitri: [confused] The Romanov what?
Anya: Curse!
Dimitri: What-- What are you talking about?
Anya: [places her head on Dimitri's chest, hugging him and crying] I keep seeing faces; so many faces!
Dimitri: [surprised that Anya's hugging him, he hugs her back; calmly] It... was a nightmare. It's alright. You're safe now.

[Vladimir nervously wanders around]
Dimitri: We don't have anything to be nervous about. [sadly] She's the princess.
Vladimir: [sits down] I know, I know.
Dimitri: No, no. No, you don't know. I was the boy in the palace. The one who opened the wall. She's the real thing, Vlad.
Vladimir: [pause] That means our Anya has found her family. We have found the heir to the Russian throne. And you...
Dimitri: Will walk out of her life forever.
Vladimir: But...
Dimitri: Princesses don't marry kitchen boys.
Vladimir: I know! But...
Dimitri: We're going to go through with this as if nothing's changed.
Vladimir: You have GOT to tell her.
Anya: Tell me what?
[Vladimir and Dimitri turn around to see her and are both stunned at her appearance]
Dimitri: [stammering] Um... Uh, how... [regains composure] How beautiful you look.
Anya: Well, thank you.

Dimitri: [arrives at the Dowager's box room with Anya] Wait here for just a moment. I'll go in and announce you properly.
[He goes to the door, but Anya stops him]
Anya: Dimitri?
Dimitri: Yes?
Anya: [nervous] Look, we've been through a lot together.
Dimitri: [excited] Uh-huh.
Anya: [really nervous] And I just wanted to--
Dimitri: [really excited] Yes?
Anya: Well-- [loses it] Thank you, I guess. Yes, thank you for everything.
[Dimitri turns around, disappointed, and heads for the door and Anya goes the other way]
Dimitri: [turns around; nervous] Anya, I--
Anya: [excited] Yes?
Dimitri: [really nervous] I'm... I... Um--
Anya: [really excited] Yes?
Dimitri: [also loses it] I just wanted to wish you good luck, I guess.
Anya: [disappointed] Oh.

Dimitri: Your Majesty, I intend you no harm. My name is Dimitri. I use to work in the palace.
Dowager Empress Marie: Well, that is one I haven't heard, I must say.
[She starts to walk away, but Dimitri walks after her]
Dimitri: Wait! Don't go, please! [gets in her way] If you'll just hear me out--
Dowager Empress Marie: [snaps] I KNOW what you're after. I've seen it before; men who train young women in the royal ways. [rings a bell]
Dimitri: But if Your Highness will just listen--
Dowager Empress Marie: Haven't you been listening? I've had enough! I don't care how much you have fashioned this girl to look like her, sound like her, or act like her. In the end, it never is her.
Dimitri: But this time it is her.
Dowager Empress Marie: Dimitri... I've heard of you. You're that conman from St. Petersburg, who was holding auditions to find an Anastasia look-like.
Dimitri: But, your Grace, we came all the way from Russia just to see--
Dowager Empress Marie: And others have come from Timbuktu.
Dimitri: No, it's not-- It's not that. It's not what you think.
[He tries to take her hands in compassion, but she angrily stands up]
Dowager Empress Marie: How much pain will you inflict on an old woman for money? [guards arrive] Remove him at once!
Dimitri: [struggling with the guards] But she is Anastasia, I'm telling you! She's the Grand Duchess! If you only speak with her, and you'll SEE!
[Dimitri gets kicked out of the Dowager's box and looks at Anya, who overheard his argument with her]
Anya: It was all a lie, wasn't it?
Dimitri: [gets up] No, no.
Anya: You used me? I was just part of your con to get her money?
Dimitri: [trying to regain composure] NO! No, no, no. [Anya walks away, and he follows] Look, it may have started out that way, but everything's different now. Because you really are Anastasia. You are!
Anya: STOP IT! [shoves him] From the very beginning, you LIED! [shoves him again] And I not only believed you, I actually-- OH!
[She walks away again, but Dimitri follows]
Dimitri: Anya, please! When you spoke of the hidden door in the wall opening, and the little boy-- Listen to me. That was--
Anya: NO!! I don't wanna hear about anything that I said or remembered. YOU JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!
[She tries to walk away, but Dimitri grabs her arm and she slaps him. She then storms off. Dimitri tries to chase after her, but is blocked by a crowd]

[Dimitri sneaks into the car containing Empress Marie and drives in a fast pace to Sophie's residence]
Dowager Empress Marie: Ilya, slow down.
Dimitri: [reveals himself] My name is not Ilya. And I won't slow down. Not until you listen.
Dowager Empress Marie: [gasps] You! How dare you?! Stop this car immediately! Stop this car!!
[They arrive at Sophie's residence; Dimitri gets out of the car and opens Marie's door]
Dimitri: You HAVE... to TALK to her. Just LOOK at her, PLEASE!
Dowager Empress Marie: I won't be badgered by you a moment longer.
Dimitri: [shows her Anastasia's music box] Do you recognize this?
Dowager Empress Marie: [gasps] Where did you get this?
Dimitri: I know you've been hurt, but it's just possible she's been as lost and alone as you.
Dowager Empress Marie: You'll stop at nothing, will you?
Dimitri: I'm probably about as stubborn as you are.

Dowager Empress Marie: You're a very good actress. The best yet, in fact. But I've had enough.
Anya: [after smelling a scent] Peppermint?
Dowager Empress Marie: An oil for my hands.
Anya: Yes. I spilled a bottle. The carpet was soaked and it forever smelled of peppermint. Like you. I used to lie there on that rug and, oh, how I missed you when you went away. When you came here, to Paris.

Rasputin: Bartok! Get me a comb! Find some cologne! I want to look my best tonight!
Bartok: That might take some work, sir.
Rasputin: Then snap to it! We're going to a party!
Bartok: [excited] Oh, boy! A party in Paris! I can teach you all the latest dance moves! It starts with a woo! And then, then you get really crazy with the hips, sir. It's fun!
Rasputin: We'll let the Grand Duchess, Anastasia have her moment!
Bartok: Who cares?
Rasputin: And then we'll kill her!
Bartok: Right and then we'll... [suddenly realizes what Rasputin's talking about] Kill her?! What happened to the party idea?
Rasputin: That's where I will kill her! Crush her at the height of her glory!
Bartok: And we're back to the crushing. Sir, I am begging you, please, PLEASE, forget the girl and get a life!
Rasputin: Oh, I'll get a life, Bartok! HERS!!

Dimitri: [bows before the Dowager] You sent for me, your Grace?
Dowager Empress Marie: Ten million rubles, as promised, with my gratitude.
Dimitri: I accept your gratitude, your Highness, but I-- I don't want your money.
Dowager Empress Marie: What do you want, then?
Dimitri: Unfortunately, nothing you can give. [bows and starts to walk out]
Dowager Empress Marie: Young man... [Dimitri halts] Where did you get that music box? [Dimitri is speechless] You were the boy, weren't you - the servant boy who got us out? You saved her life and mine, then you restored her to me. Yet you want no reward.
Dimitri: Not anymore.
Dowager Empress Marie: Why the change of mind?
Dimitri: It was more a change of heart. I must go. [bows one last time and leaves]

Dowager Empress Marie: [about Dimitri] My darling... He didn't take the money.
Anya: [surprised] He didn't?

Rasputin: [has Anya trapped in the falling debris of the bridge] Say your prayers, Anastasia! No one can save you!
Dimitri: [appears from nowhere] WANNA BET?! [punches Rasputin and dives to save Anya]
Anya: Dimitri! If we live through this, remind me to thank--
Dimitri: You can thank me later.

[After Rasputin is destroyed, Anya checks on Dimitri, who was struck in the head by a rock]
Anya: Dimitri? [He doesn't move or open his eyes, and Anya looks away and starts to cry; Her dog, Pooka, howls in despair; Suddenly, Dimitri moves his arm and gets up; Anya gasps and quickly turns, accidently hitting Dimitri]
Dimitri: Ouch!
Anya: DIMITRI! [She overjoyingly hugs him]
Dimitri: Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow! Let go, let go!
Anya: Sorry.
Dimitri: Yeah, I know, I know. "All men are babies." [groans]
Anya: I thought you were going to St. Pete--
Dimitri: I was.
Anya: You didn't take the--
Dimitri: I couldn't.
Anya: Why?
Dimitri: Because, I-- [Anya puts her fingers on his lips, quieting him and they lean in for a kiss, but Pooka barks and hands them Anya's tiara; He takes it] Oh. [they both get up] They're waiting for you.
[Anya takes the tiara and looks at Dimitri]

Sophie: [She and Dowager Empress Marie just finished reading Anya's farewell letter] They've eloped! Isn't it romantic? It's a perfect ending.
Dowager Empress Marie: No, it's a perfect beginning.


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