Peter the Great
GenreHistorical novel-based
Written byEdward Anhalt
Robert K. Massie
Directed byMarvin J. Chomsky
Lawrence Schiller
StarringMaximilian Schell
Vanessa Redgrave
Omar Sharif
Trevor Howard
Laurence Olivier
Helmut Griem
Jan Niklas
Elke Sommer
Renee Soutendijk
Ursula Andress
Mel Ferrer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4
ProducersMarvin J. Chomsky
Lawrence Schiller
Konstantin Thoeren
CinematographyVittorio Storaro
EditorBill Parker
Running time371 min
Production companyABC (US)
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseFebruary 2 (1986-02-02) –
February 5, 1986 (1986-02-05)

Peter the Great is an American historical drama television mini-series that aired on NBC from February 2–5, 1986 and 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.


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