Factual error: In the beginning of the film, the Dowager Empress Marie states that the year is 1916 and that they are celebrating the 300th anniversary of their family's rule. The 300th anniversary actually took place in 1913. (00:01:05)

Factual error: At the beginning of the film, we are told it is 1916, and the Russian Revolutionaries attack. However, the Russian Revolution didn't start until 1917 - on both the English and Russian calendars.

Continuity mistake: In the scene on the boat, when Dimitri gives Anya the blue dress, the piping along the sleeves and the bottom changes from white, to nothing and back to white.

Other mistake: In the song "A Rumor in St. Petersburg," according to the closed captioning, the characters sing the words "no proof of fact." According to the lyrics in the soundtrack booklet, they are actually singing "or through a crack." And if you listen, it's actually what they are saying.


Continuity mistake: When Anastasia is singing after leaving the orphanage, there's a part when you see Pooka playing with these squirrels and in the next shot they disappear.

Factual error: The Czar was not killed until the civil war over a year later, although the film implies he was killed on that November night.

Factual error: Anya receives a sign from the dog to go to St. Petersburg when she leaves the Orphanage in the mid 1920's. St. Petersburg was renamed to Petrograd in 1914 at the start of WWI and again to Leningrad in 1924 following the death of Lenin. The sign should have said "Leningrad". Aside from signs, the whole movie mentions "St. Petersburg" multiple times. There's even a song about St. Petersburg. Even if every old sign could not be changed, there is no reason the people would not use the city's new name. The Bolcheviks would not have looked at them kindly if they didn't.

Factual error: Anya reaches St. Petersburg in the mid-1920's, and the man in train station ticket office has the Soviet Crest on his hat. This crest wasn't used until the 1930's.

Continuity mistake: In the mirror scene with Anastasia's grandma when they're singing, the mirrors show the hair band Anastasia's wearing disappears. The lower part of her earring is missing in the reflection shortly afterwards. (01:08:20)

Continuity mistake: Anastasia's hair length changes throughout the movie; from fairly short at the beginning, to much longer when she puts on the dress Demetri bought her, back to a shorter length at the end when she's seen with her grandmother.

Continuity mistake: In the song "Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart," at the beginning of the song, when they sing "Down what we call la rue," the girl selling flowers stands next to Anastasia. In the next shot, she stands a little bit behind her.


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