Cast & Crew
An eight-hour, four-part miniseries based on Robert K. Massie's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the Russian Czar who opened his sprawling empire to the West. The action begins in the late seventeenth century when the young Peter is named co-czar with his brother, Ivan. Court intrigue involving his half-sister, Sophia, is overcome by Peter and his supporters, and the young man consolidates his power as sole regent. Peter journeys to the West and is inspired to westernize Russia, but must combat constant conspiracy at home.
Gunther Maria Halmer
Marvin J Chomsky
Mirella Sforza Derossi
James T Heckert
Robert K Massie
Aired in United States February 2, 1986
Estimated budget: $26,000,000.
Began shooting July 9, 1984.
Completed shooting May 25, 1985.
Due to illness and a contract dispute, Maximilian Schell left the production before its completion. English actor, Denis de Marne, completed Schell's scenes, but Schell later dubbed his voice in those scenes.
Lawrence Schiller, the original director, was dismissed after internal conflicts, but receives co-director and pre-production credits.
Filmed for twenty-six weeks in Russia, seven weeks in Austria and one week in Munich, Germany.