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War & Peace 

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of five aristocratic Russian families.




1973   1972  
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Series cast summary:
Anthony Hopkins ...  Pierre Bezukhov 17 episodes, 1972-1973
Morag Hood ...  Natasha Rostova 14 episodes, 1972-1973
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ...  Prince Andrei Bolkonsky 14 episodes, 1972-1973
Rupert Davies ...  Count Rostov 14 episodes, 1972-1973
Joanna David ...  Sonya 13 episodes, 1972-1973
Faith Brook ...  Countess Rostova 12 episodes, 1972-1973
Angela Down Angela Down ...  Princess Maria Bolkonskya 10 episodes, 1972-1973
Sylvester Morand Sylvester Morand ...  Nikolai Rostov 10 episodes, 1972-1973
David Swift ...  Napoleon 9 episodes, 1972-1973
Fiona Gaunt Fiona Gaunt ...  Hélène Kuragina 9 episodes, 1972
Frank Middlemass ...  Mikhail Kutuzov 8 episodes, 1972-1973
Anthony Jacobs Anthony Jacobs ...  Prince Bolkonsky 7 episodes, 1972
Neil Stacy Neil Stacy ...  Boris Drubetskoy 7 episodes, 1972-1973


Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of five aristocratic Russian families.

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Release Date:

20 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerra e pace See more »

Filming Locations:

Bela Crkva, Serbia See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Faithful to Tolstoy, More Complete Than Most Versions, Hopkins a Fine Pierre
28 February 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

There are at least three major filmed versions of the epic, sprawling Tolstoy masterpiece, and each offers particular pleasures. The King Vidor version made for Hollywood is short; otherwise, it offers a miscast Henry Fonda and a wistful Audrey Hepburn, who while lovely indeed, is out of her depth in a deeply tragic story. The Russian version which clocks in at somewhere about eight hours has lavish spectacle going for it, huge amounts of staged battle sequences which boggle the mind--and done without the use of CGI;its drawback is an often confusing script and, for contemporary English and American audiences, an over-the-top, occasionally hysterical acting style. This version is fifteen hours long and I found it followed the book carefully, and is loaded with fine performances, particularly Anthony Hopkins as the confused Pierre, bumbling through life in search of some spiritual catharsis; there are numerous other roles that become memorable from actors not familiar to most of us, and only Napoleon comes up short in a lackluster, thudding performance. Because this version was for BBC and not the movies, it looks a little spare now and then, but once the rhythm was set, I found it compelling and hugely satisfactory.

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