Starring Vanessa Redgrave. A powerful tale of two women, one, mother to an empire; one, destined to overpower her.
Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Plummer, Franco Nero, Martha Keller,
Maximilian Schell and Julia Ormond.
A powerful tale of two women: one, mother to an empire; one, destined to overpower her. The year is 1744, and a beautiful young girl (Ormond) is torn from her homeland to marry the heir to the Russian throne. But his mother Elizabeth (Redgrave) rules the Empire with an iron hand, while her son proves neither fit for the throne nor the marriage bed. At risk from enemies who influence her husband and treated as an outsider by the Empress Elizabeth, Catherine takes a lover and bears his child. Now with the help of her friend, Sir Charles (Plummer), she must take the throne by force if she her bastard son and the Russian Empire are to survive.
Running Time 187 Minutes
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