I suffered through this film (here) as it is listed as a 'must-see' film by those posting on Alan Rickman fan sites. Well, if you liked Rickman in Prince of Thieves, I suppose you'd enjoy his performance here. However, I disliked him in Prince of Thieves. So, I personnally could not see much of anything to recommend this film except Ian McKellen's performance, which although not exceptional, was well done. McKellen is the actor that played Gandolf in the trilogy. McKellen's czar was charismatic and I felt uncomfortably sympathetic towards him. It's true that the communists who slaughtered him, his wife and children, his staff, and the family dog, were inhumanely brutal, but if my vague Russian history serves me right, 'bloody Nicholas' as he was nicknamed, wasn't exactly a lily-white character. I thought the movie shouldn't have had such a 'good guys' and 'bad guys' feel to it. Rickman's turn as Rasputin was ok, but honestly I didn't think his character exuded nearly enough charisma to overcome the sense that the man was astonishingly unhygenic. I'm not one to notice such things, but I couldn't help cringing in the snogging scenes in this movie.