Peter the Great (TV Series)

Peter the Great (TV Series)

Peter the Great
Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
Lawrence Schiller
Produced by Marvin J. Chomsky
Lawrence Schiller
Konstantin Thoeren
Written by Edward Anhalt
Robert K. Massie
Starring Maximilian Schell
Vanessa Redgrave
Jan Niklas
Ursula Andress
Omar Sharif
Laurence Olivier
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Editing by Bill Parker
Distributed by NBC
Release date(s) 2 February 1986
Running time 371 min
Country United States
Language English

Peter the Great is a 1986 NBC television mini-series starring Maximilian Schell as Russian emperor Peter the Great, and based on the biography by Robert K. Massie. It won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Miniseries.

Plot summary

Russia at the dawn of the 18th century—a vast, chilling mysterious land, medieval in its character. A country led by a man whose curious, questing spirit is eager to learn all that is new. A monarch who brings his feudal country "kicking and screaming" into the modern world. A shrewd tsar and a visionary. Statesman, sailor, and shipbuilder. Military leader. A husband and a father. A man who dared to dream the impossible dream, and succeeded.[1]


The series was released as a three-tape VHS box set in 1992, then, in 1994, as a single, lengthy VHS tape.

Awards and nominations

Primetime Emmy Award

Golden Globe Award

Writers Guild of America Award


  • The Complete Films of Laurence Olivier by Jerry Vermilye, Citadel Press, 1992.

External links

  • Internet Movie Database