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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.
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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
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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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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

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English

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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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This mini-series was filmed in the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, in the production of Avala Films. See more »

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Version of Natasha Rostova (1915) See more »

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wonderful adaptation
3 June 2007 | by joanmarieherbersSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this when I was in high school and being mesmerized. Having watched it at home now twice, I still think this an amazing adaptation. Watching Anthony Hopkins stretch his legs in his first big role is a wonder and presages all the kudos he was to receive in ensuing decades. I also think Morag Hood was quite convincing as a 13-year-old girl through to a nearly-30 Natasha; in contrast to another viewer who was bothered by a 30-year-old woman playing the girl Natasha, I found her acting the part of a 13 year old to be convincing.

David Swift brings real complexity to Napoleon, and the family scenes of the Rostovs are a wonderful contrast to the dysfunctional Bolkonsky family. The acting is very good throughout (although Joanna David as Sonya does a bit too much weeping for my taste) and the peek into the Russia of the times is faithful to the book.

This production shows its age, especially the graininess of exterior shots compared to the interior studio film, but overall I think it a truly outstanding adaptation. I sure wish Alan Dobie was still working in film! Most of the secondary characters (Dolohov, Helene, and Katische) are quite good.


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