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Dimitri.

Dimitri is the deuteragonist of the film. In his younger years, he was a kitchen boy at the Romanov's palace. He was voiced by John Cusack, while his singing voice was provided by Jonathan Dokuchitz.

Background[]

At the age of ten, Dimitri was a young servant boy who worked at the Romanov's palace in the kitchen. During the Bolsheviks' attack at the Romanov family, Dimitri bravely risked his life to save Anastasia and her paternal grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, by sending them through the servant's quarters and out into safety. While escaping, Anastasia dropped her music box and, when she tried to get it, Dimitri insisted that she leave while she still could. Three Bolsheviks burst the door open and demanded to know where the Princess and the Dowager Empress were, but Dimitri refused to cooperate and was thus knocked unconscious by one of the Revolutionaries. He was later released from captivity and somehow managed to save the music box, in hopes of remembering the royal family.

Ten-year-old Dimitri saving eight-year-old Anastasia.

One decade later, Dimitri's a handsome twenty-year-old con-man searching for an Anastasia doppelganger/look-alike in the hopes of handing her over to the Dowager Empress in return for ten million rubles. When Dimitri runs into Anya inside the Romanov palace, he immediately takes advantage of her great likeness, offering to lead her to Empress Marie, but keeping her unaware of the reward money. However, Dimitri soon falls in love with Anya, and realizes that she is, in fact, the real princess, and has a change of heart. In response to this, he encourages that the empress meets Anya and she reluctantly does so. When the empress realizes that Anya is in fact her long lost granddaughter she offers up the reward money but he declines the offer knowing that it would be wrong to take the money and leaves to go back to St. Petersburg. However, he changes his mind and comes back to save Anya/Anastasia from Rasputin. In the fighting, he is temporarily knocked out. After Anastasia kills Rasputin, he wakes up and tells her that he didn't take the money because he loved her. They were about to kiss but Anastasia's dog comes up with the crown in its mouth and Dimitri says to go back to her grandmama. Instead Anastasia writes a letter to her grandmama saying goodbye and left the crown and they will be in Paris soon. The two then hop on a boat and dance and the two share a kiss and sail off in the moonlight and lived happily ever after.

Appearance and Personality[]

Dimitri spotting Anya for the first time.

Personality[]

At first, Dimitri is interested in only money, and cares little about having a place to call "home", which Anya finds shocking. Initially, he is sarcastic, cunning, dishonest, ingenious, menacing, greedy, immature, traitorous, relentless, irresponsible and sly, with a hint of an arrogant streak, which often upset Anya. However, as the film progressed, Dimitri matured and developed into a considerate, understanding, dependable, independent, mature, imaginative, thoughtful, respectful, industrious and kind-hearted young gentleman.

His interest in receiving the Dowager Empress' money was gradually replaced by a longing for Anya's affection and happiness. His deep romantic feelings for Anya becomes most obvious when he experiences mixed emotions about having to return Anya to her grandmother, because she's the only woman he's ever been truly in love with. So, when he successfully persuaded the Empress Marie to speak to Anya, he departed without accepting his reward money.

Anya and Dimitri's second attempted passionate and romantic kiss.

After the defeat of Rasputin, Anya chose to elope with Dimitri rather than attend her celebration. While departing on a boat, the two finally have their moment together as they shared a passionate kiss.

Physical Appearance[]

Dimitri is a handsome young twenty-year-old with a slender but muscular build. He also has chestnut brown hair, brown eyes and a cunning smile. He dresses casually but handsomely, wearing a variety of shirts, pants, shoes, and jackets, depending on the weather or occasion. For opera wear, Dimitri wears an opera tuxedo with a white bow-tie and white vest with a red rose on the left side of his jacket and sometimes wears a black top hat. He seems to be about Anastasia's height, maybe an inch or two taller.

Music[]

Dimitri's vocals are heard on the following songs, courtesy of Jonathan Dokuchitz.

Character Quotes[]

  • "What do they teach you in those orphanages?"
  • "It was more a change of heart."
  • "I think you broke my nose!"
  • "You could say as stubborn as you are."
  • "It was a place I once lived. End of story."
  • "What is it with you and homes?"
  • "I hate trains. Remind me to never get on a train again!"
  • "Unfortunately, nothing you can give."
  • "Just leave the dog."
  • "If we live through this, remind me to thank you."
  • "Attraction! To that skinny little brat! Have you lost your mind?"
  • "Princesses don't marry kitchen boys."
  • "Oh... they're waiting for you."
  • "A dog. Cute."
  • "It's okay. You're safe now."
  • "No more pretending, you'll be gone and that's the end."
  • "We're going to go through with this as if nothing has changed."
  • "So, are you ready to become the princess Anastasia?"
  • "Don't worry, I've got this all under control. Now, walk a little slower...3....2...1..."
  • "I accept your gratitude, but I don't want the money."
  • "That'll work."
  • "Anya. I... just wanted to wish you good luck, I guess."
  • "Everything will be fine."
  • "She's the real thing, Vlad!"
  • "I'll be quiet if you will!"
  • "Miss what, you're talking?"
  • "She can thaw out in Paris."
  • "It's possible that she's been just as lost and alone as you."
  • "Yeah, I know. All men are babies."
  • "I was the boy - in the palace. The one who opened the wall. She's the real thing, Vlad."

Trivia[]

  • Dimitri is based on a Prince who strongly believed that Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be Anastasia who had survived the execution, was in fact the real Anastasia. But he had only ever met the real Anastasia as a child, so people didn't really believe him. Although today the truth is known. The real Anastasia is dead along with the rest of the royal family.
  • He's based on the fictional character Bounine from the 1954 play Anastasia by Marcelle Maurette and on the 1956 film Anastasia by Arthur Laurents.
  • The real Grand Duke Dimitri killed Rasputin along with Prince Felix Yussoupov out of concern for his cousin's family
  • Dimitri was purposely designed to be the "less than perfectly handsome" leading man, with a broken nose and messy hair and whatnot (but it made him seem even more attractive than he already was).
  • His model was reused for Cale Tucker in Titan A.E..

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