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.
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)
Trivia: Inspired by the story of Anna Anderson (died 1984) who claimed to be Archduchess Anastasia, which would have made her the only surviving daughter of the Czar and Czarina of Russia. Only DNA tests years after her death proved she was not Anastasia, but an imposter which European nobility had long suspected.
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