48 user 23 critic

War and Peace (1956)

PG | | Drama, Romance, War | 21 August 1956 (USA)
Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.



(based on the novel by), (adaptation) | 5 more credits »

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

War and Peace (1966)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Stars: Lyudmila Saveleva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergey Bondarchuk
War and Peace (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the the Napoleonic Era.

Stars: Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The sprightly young assistant of a Hollywood screenwriter helps him over his writer's block by acting out his fantasies of possible plots.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan
Funny Face (1957)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier
Sabrina (1954)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiowa tribe.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Eleanor Bron
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner
Charade (1963)
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a measles epidemic forces the temporary closing of a child care center, the son of a film star and her estranged husband, a concert pianist, is mistakenly delivered to a touring musician.

Directors: Jean Boyer, Lester Fuller
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Jules Munshin, Cara Williams


Cast overview, first billed only:
Field Marshal Kutuzov (as Oscar Homolka)
Lea Seidl ...
Anna Maria Ferrero ...
Wilfrid Lawson ...
Prince Bolkonsky (as Wilfred Lawson)


By 1812, Napoleon's forces controlled much of Europe. Russia, one of the few countries still unconquered, prepares to face Napoleon's troops together with Austria. Among the Russian soldiers are Count Nicholas Rostov and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Count Pierre Bezukhov, a friend of Andrei's and self-styled intellectual who is not interested in fighting. Pierre's life changes when his father dies, leaving him a vast inheritance. He is attracted to Natasha Rostov, Nicholas's sister, but she is too young, so he gives in to baser desires and marries the shallow, manipulative Princess Helene. The marriage ends when Pierre discovers his wife's true nature. Andrei is captured and later released by the French, and returns home only to watch his wife die in childbirth. Months later, Pierre and Andrei meet again. Andrei sees Natasha and falls in love, but his father will only permit the marriage if they postpone it for one year until Natasha turns 17. While Andrei is away on a military mission, ... Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


"BRILLIANT!"--New York Times See more »


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






| |

Release Date:

21 August 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La guerra y la paz  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)| (as Perspecta Stereophonic Sound ® by Suonitalia Studio - Rome -)


(Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Audrey Hepburn's character was supposed to be 13 when the film begins. See more »


In the first battle, Prince Andrei dismounts to take the flag of the shot soldier who is holding it. Then the wounded soldier kneels twice. See more »


Pierre Bezukhov: I have sinned, Lord, but I have several excellent excuses.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: The most difficult thing - but an essential one - is to love Life, to love it even while one suffers, because Life is all. Life is God, and to love Life means to love God. Tolstoy "WAR and PEACE" See more »


Edited into Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) See more »


Masquerade Waltz
Written by Aram Khachaturyan (as Aram Khachaturian)
Natasha's and Andrei dance
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Realistic portrayal of the horrors of war
6 November 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful film this is. Its greatest achievement is the depiction of the Russians as human beings. Too often they are portrayed by the western people as ignorant and stupid slobs. The best character is Kutusov, the brave Russian soldier who saves his country.

The film shows the effects of invasion of a people and how families are destroyed by these epic events, which films like Saving Private Ryan do not. The film is narrated by the character Pierre, who sees all the horrors of war, including drumhead executions. Audrey Hepburn is memorable as Natstha, and her sense of timing is perfect. Modern day actresses, such as Paris Hilton or Angelina Jolie would find difficulty playing this part, as they would appear too precious. These main characters are all humble and decent folk, who just want to survive.

I can thoroughly recommend this film to younger people, who have been bought up to think badly of the Russian people, and well of people from the European Union. This movie may make them reflect.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Henry Fonda Miscast jokoool
Filming great literature huigh
Which actors today could play the parts? nedbingryerson
500 million budget kaisergrendel
in English and ITALIAN? anakinskywalkeralpha
Quote at the end of the movie Laurey_Loves_Curly
Discuss War and Peace (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page