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Anna Karenina (2012)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 7,345 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 7 September 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 129 min
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  • IMDb page: Anna Karenina (2012)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 7,345 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 7 September 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 129 min
  • Filming Location: Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK
  • Gross: $11,207,763(Non-USA)(7 September 2012)
  • Director: Joe Wright
  • Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Dario Marianelli   
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: High Society | Russia | Sensuous Kiss | Daughter | Unfaithful Wife

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Tom Stoppard  screenplay
  • Leo Tolstoy  novel

Known Trivia

  • Robert Pattinson was considered to play Count Vronsky.
  • James McAvoy was considered to play Levin.
  • James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan (Kitty), Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Andrea Riseborough all turned down roles in the film.
  • Saoirse Ronan was offered the role of Kitty but turned it down in order to star in Byzantium and The Host. Her reasoning for turning down the film was its long production schedule which would have required her to turn down movie roles from Fall 2011 to late Spring 2012 in order to film what would have ended up as a supporting role. By turning down the role, she was able to take the lead role in two films. She was replaced by Alicia Vikander.
  • Director of photography Philippe Rousselot had to leave in pre-production to have back surgery, as excruciating pain from sciatica made it impossible for him to continue working on the film. He was replaced by Seamus McGarvey, director Joe Wright’s regular collaborator.
  • Joe Wright briefly considered having the actors use Russian accents but later decided against it thinking it would be hard for him to assess their performances.
  • Inspired by Orlando Figes’ 2002 production of Natasha’s Dance, Joe Wright adopted an experimental approach to convey the essence of the story. The majority of the film was shot on a run down theater built from scratch in Shepperton. Locations such as skating rink, train station, horse stables were dressed on top of the theater. To create fluid linearity, doors are used to lead to Russian landscapes or some actors will walk from one set to another set under the stage. For cutaway wide exterior shots, toy trains and doll houses were used for filming. The only main cast member who is allowed to be venture out of the theater is Domhnall Gleeson (Levin) because Wright wanted to amplify the fact that Levin is the only authentic character in the group that reflects with the real world.

Plot: Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. |  »

Story: Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Tim Bevan known as producer
  • Alexander Dostal known as co-producer
  • Alexandra Ferguson known as co-producer
  • Paul Webster known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Matthew Macfadyen known as Oblonsky
  • Eric MacLennan known as Matvey
  • Kelly Macdonald known as Dolly
  • Theo Morrissey known as Grisha Oblonsky
  • Cecily Morrissey known as Lili Oblonsky
  • Freya Galpin known as Masha Oblonsky
  • Octavia Morrissey known as Tanya Oblonsky
  • Beatrice Morrissey known as Vasya Oblonsky
  • Marine Battier known as Mlle. Roland
  • Keira Knightley known as Anna Karenina
  • Guro Nagelhus Schia known as Annushka
  • Aruhan Galieva known as Aruhan
  • Jude Law known as Karenin
  • Carl Grose known as Korney
  • Bryan Hands known as Mikhail Slyudin
  • Oskar McNamara known as Serhoza
  • Luke Newberry known as Vasily Lukich
  • Olivia Williams known as Countess Vronsky
  • Michael Shaeffer known as Doorkeeper
  • Domhnall Gleeson known as Levin
  • Steven Beard known as Elderly Waiter
  • Alicia Vikander known as Kitty
  • Pip Torrens known as Prince Shcherbatsky
  • Susanne Lothar known as Princess Shcherbatsky
  • Alexandra Roach known as Countess Nordston
  • Henry Lloyd-Hughes known as Burisov
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson known as Vronsky
  • David Wilmot known as Nikolai
  • Tannishtha Chatterjee known as Masha
  • Joseph Macnab known as Guards Officer
  • Nick Holder known as Stationmaster
  • Claire Greenway known as Austrian Princess
  • Mike Shepherd known as Wheel Tapper
  • Arthur Nightingale known as Oblonsky's Servant
  • Buffy Davis known as Agafia
  • Gala Wesson known as Kitchen Maid
  • Eros Vlahos known as Boris
  • Kyle Soller known as Korsunsky
  • Sam Cox known as Kapitonich
  • Max Bennett known as Petritsky
  • Holliday Grainger known as Baroness
  • Ruth Wilson known as Princess Betsy Tverskoy
  • Jude Monk McGowan known as Tuskevitch
  • Antony Byrne known as Colonel Demin
  • Emily Watson known as Countess Lydia Ivanova
  • Michelle Dockery known as Princess Myagkaya
  • Emerald Fennell known as Princess Merkalova
  • Sarine Sofair known as Anna's Friend
  • Thomas Howes known as Yashvin
  • Raphaël Personnaz known as Alexander Vronsky
  • Bill Skarsgård known as Makhotin
  • Cara Delevingne known as Princess Sorokina
  • Bodil Blain known as Princess Sorokina Senior
  • Hera Hilmar known as Varya
  • Kenneth Collard known as Prince Tverskoy
  • Steve Evets known as Theodore
  • Conor McCarry known as Young Peasant
  • Giles King known as Stremov
  • Martin Wimbush known as Anna's Doctor
  • James Northcote known as Princess Betsy's Footman
  • Duncan Wisbey known as Shopkeeper
  • Jamie Beamish known as Opera House Husband
  • Shirley Henderson known as Opera House Wife
  • Simon Muller known as Opera House Manager
  • Nikolai Lester known as Piano Prodigy
  • Tillie-Bett Grant known as Baby Anya
  • Greg Bennett known as Theatre Goer (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Blatt known as Major Domo (uncredited)
  • John Bradley known as Austrian Prince (uncredited)
  • Gergo Brummel known as Office Clerk (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Elstob known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • James Fiddy known as Countess Lydia's Guest (uncredited)
  • Jensen Freeman known as Regimental Soldier (uncredited)
  • Edward Lewis French known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Paul Ham known as Michael (uncredited)
  • Kostas Katsikis known as Opera Fan (uncredited)
  • Denis Khoroshko known as Ballroom Guest (uncredited)
  • Victoria Ley known as Opera Fan (uncredited)
  • Brian Niblett known as Politician (uncredited)
  • Martin Poole known as Opera Guest (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Candy Alderson known as assistant makeup artist
  • Jennie Cooper known as crowd makeup trainee: dailies
  • Sally Crouch known as additional trainee makeup artist
  • Sidony Etherton known as hair and makeup junior assistant
  • Suzanne Jansen known as crowd makeup artist
  • Suzanne Jansen known as make-up artist: dailies
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth
  • Roo Maurice known as crowd hairdresser
  • Lisa Mustafa known as additional hair and makeup artist
  • Ivana Primorac known as hair designer
  • Ivana Primorac known as makeup designer
  • Natalie Reid known as additional make-up artist
  • Andrew Simonin known as crowd hairdresser
  • Sarah Weatherburn known as facial hair maker (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Shurouq Algusane known as art department coordinator
  • David Allcock known as storyboard artist
  • Will Ayres known as stand-by & dressing props
  • Jim Barr known as draughtsman
  • Jim Barr known as set designer
  • Sarah Bick known as set decoration trainee
  • Satarupa Bradley known as scenic decor artist
  • Jane Brodie known as art department work experience
  • Graham Caulfield known as drapesmaster
  • Christopher Chandler known as standby prop
  • Danny Clark known as art department runner
  • Philip Clark known as picture researcher
  • James Collins known as assistant art director
  • Isobel Dunhill known as art department trainee
  • Francis Fagan known as work experience
  • Laurent Ferrie known as drapery man
  • Sarah Finlay known as junior draughtsman
  • Pip Fox known as props
  • Shane Harford known as dressing prop
  • Rohan Harris known as prop painter
  • Alison Harvey known as production buyer
  • Camilla Hipwood known as work experience
  • Kate Suzanne Hunter known as work experience
  • Eva Kuntz known as concept artist
  • Elizabeth Loach known as draughtsman
  • Emma MacDevitt known as stand-by art director
  • Simon Marsay known as art department work experience
  • Christian McDonald known as props storeman
  • Elly Meyrick known as assistant buyer
  • Georgina Millett known as graphic designer
  • Steven Morris known as chargehand props
  • Eddie Murphy known as carpenter
  • Danny O'Keefe known as props
  • Paul Oatway known as dressing props
  • Eva Onsrud known as junior buyer
  • Martha Parker known as art department assistant
  • Martha Parker known as stand-by art director: Napper unit
  • Adam Rashbrook known as stagehand
  • Stephen Rawlings known as work experience
  • Claire Nia Richards known as assistant set decorator
  • Matthew Robinson known as assistant art director
  • Alex Rutherford known as prop modeller
  • Jack Salkeld known as dressing props
  • Cosmo Sarson known as scenic artist
  • Corrine Silver known as art department work experience
  • Alex Smith known as draughtsman
  • Remo Tozzi known as assistant art director
  • Joe Vassallo known as scenic artist
  • John Whitby known as carpenter
  • John Wilkinson known as graphics assistant
  • Dennis Wiseman known as property master
  • Rebecca Wood known as miniature model painter




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Focus Features (presents)
  • Working Title Films (as Working Title)

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting equipment
  • Above the Line Set Assistance & Security  security
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Creative Partnership  poster design (uncredited)
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Decca Records  soundtrack
  • Etalon film  
  • Halo Post Production  sound post-production
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Kodak  filmstock supplied by
  • Panavision Grips  dollies and cranes
  • Panavision UK  camera equipment provided by
  • Pinewood Shepperton  sound stages
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Salon  Avid HD editing equipment
  • Sands Films  rehearsal space
  • Scenechronize  production management software
  • Studio Line  adr studios


  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Focus Features (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2013) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2012) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • One Of Us (visual effects)
  • Peanut FX (additional matchmove)

Visual Effects by:

  • Fiorenza Bagnariol known as digital film bureau
  • Richard Briscoe known as visual effects supervisor: One of Us
  • Ana Buckley known as visual effects on-set co-ordinator: one of us
  • Jorge Canada Escorihuela known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Tom Debenham known as visual effects supervisor: One of Us
  • Julien Dias known as compositor: One of Us
  • Frank Engen known as cg artist: one of us
  • Andrea Falcone known as senior character technical director and animator: one of us
  • Chaya Feiner known as visual effects producer: One of Us
  • Lucien Fostier known as compositor: One of Us
  • Adam Glasman known as DI colourist
  • Ernesto Herrmann known as cg previs artist: one of us
  • Andrew Hogden known as compositor: One of Us
  • Richard Hopkins known as texture artist: One Of Us
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Artur Margiv known as compositor: One of Us
  • Kevin McDonald known as in-house visual effects editor: one of us
  • Jeanette Monero known as compositor: One of Us
  • Stephen Murphy known as CG supervisor: One Of Us
  • Leila Nicotera known as visual effects coordinator: one of us
  • Dominic Parker known as visual effects supervisor: One of Us
  • Laura Pavone known as digital film bureau
  • Rachael Penfold known as visual effects executive producer: One of Us
  • Emmanuel Pichereau known as compositor: One of Us
  • Lewis Saunders known as compositor: One of Us
  • Petra Schwane known as senior compositor: one of us
  • Abigail Scollay known as compositor: One of Us
  • Aurora Shannon known as digital intermediate assistant
  • Sam Swift-Glasman known as cg effects artist: one of us
  • Victor Tomi known as compositor: One of Us
  • Cristina Vozian known as rotoscope and paint artist: one of us
  • Samuel John Joseph Walsh known as cg previs artist: one of us
  • Pat Wong known as supervising lead compositor: one of us (as Patrick Wong)
  • Nicholas Zissimos known as compositor: One of Us

Release Date:

  • Canada 7 September 2012 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 7 September 2012
  • UK 7 September 2012
  • Mexico 3 November 2012 (Morelia International Film Festival)
  • Taiwan 9 November 2012 (Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival)
  • USA 10 November 2012 (Smith Rafael Film Center)
  • Greece 14 November 2012 (Panorama of European Cinema)
  • Taiwan 16 November 2012
  • USA 16 November 2012 (limited)
  • Poland 23 November 2012
  • Canada 30 November 2012 (limited)
  • Italy 30 November 2012 (Turin Film Festival)
  • Belgium 5 December 2012
  • France 5 December 2012
  • Switzerland 5 December 2012 (French speaking region)
  • Czech Republic 6 December 2012
  • Germany 6 December 2012
  • Kuwait 6 December 2012
  • Lebanon 6 December 2012
  • Netherlands 6 December 2012
  • Portugal 6 December 2012
  • Switzerland 6 December 2012 (German speaking region)
  • Turkey 28 December 2012
  • Greece 1 January 2013
  • Hong Kong 10 January 2013
  • Russia 10 January 2013
  • Slovenia 10 January 2013
  • Cyprus 11 January 2013
  • Finland 11 January 2013
  • Mexico 11 January 2013
  • Hungary 24 January 2013
  • Serbia 24 January 2013
  • New Zealand 31 January 2013
  • Bulgaria 1 February 2013
  • Estonia 8 February 2013
  • Lithuania 8 February 2013
  • Australia 14 February 2013
  • Brazil 15 February 2013
  • Iceland 15 February 2013
  • Sweden 15 February 2013
  • Italy 21 February 2013
  • Norway 22 February 2013
  • Argentina 14 March 2013
  • Spain 15 March 2013
  • Japan 29 March 2013
  • Denmark 2 May 2013

MPAA: Rated R for some sexuality and violence



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