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Director:
Writers:
Leo Tolstoy (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
21 August 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Greatest Novel Ever Written ... Now Magnificently Alive On The Screen! See more »
Plot:
Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A perfectly ridiculous farce. See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Audrey Hepburn ... Natasha Rostova

Henry Fonda ... Pierre Bezukhov

Mel Ferrer ... Prince Andrei Bolkonsky

Vittorio Gassman ... Anatol Kuragin

Herbert Lom ... Napoleon
Oskar Homolka ... Field Marshal Kutuzov (as Oscar Homolka)

Anita Ekberg ... Helene Kuragina
Helmut Dantine ... Dolokhov
Tullio Carminati ... Prince Vasili Kuragin

Barry Jones ... Prince Mikhail Andreevich Rostov
Milly Vitale ... Lisa Bolkonskaya
Lea Seidl ... Countess Rostov
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Maria Bolkonskaya
Wilfrid Lawson ... Prince Bolkonsky (as Wilfred Lawson)

May Britt ... Sonia Rostova

Jeremy Brett ... Nikolai Rostov
Patrick Crean ... Denisov
Sean Barrett ... Petya Rostov
Gertrude Flynn ... Mariya Peronskaya

John Mills ... Platon Karataev
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Addobbati ... House Servant (uncredited)
Mario Addobbati ... Young Servant at Rostov's (uncredited)
Inna Alexeievna ... Governess (uncredited)
Marisa Allasio ... Matrosha (uncredited)
Luciano Angelini ... Young Soldier at Borodino (uncredited)
Cesare Barbetti ... Young Soldier Shot in Front of Pierre (uncredited)
Vincent Barbi ... Balaga (uncredited)
Patrick Barrett ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Billingsley ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Augusto Borselli ... (uncredited)
Georges Bréhat ... French Officer at Execution (uncredited)
Mario Cardoni ... Soldier (uncredited)
Guido Celano ... Victor (uncredited)
Carmelo Consoli ... (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... French Officer (uncredited)
Tiziano Cortini ... (uncredited)
Giorgio Costantini ... French Officer (uncredited)
Dave Crowley ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Robert Cunningham ... Pierre's Second at Duel (uncredited)
Alex D'Alessio ... Soldier (uncredited)
Carlo Dale ... Young French Officer (uncredited)
Henry Danieli ... (uncredited)
Paul Davis ... Young French Officer (uncredited)
Richard Dawson ... (uncredited)
Lucio De Santis ... Young Officer at Orgy (uncredited)
Carlo Delmi ... Young Guard (uncredited)
Mino Doro ... Russian General (uncredited)
Andrea Esterhazy ... Dolokhov's Second at Duel (uncredited)
Andrea Fantasia ... Constand (uncredited)
Charles Fawcett ... Russian Artillery Captain (uncredited)
Francis Foucaud ... French Soldier (uncredited)
Alan Furlan ... Russian Officer (uncredited)
Angelo Galassi ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Nándor Gallai ... Bezukhov's Servant (uncredited)
Stephen Garret ... Coachman / Doctor (uncredited)
Dino Gelio ... (uncredited)
Micaela Giustiniani ... Woman (uncredited)
Christopher Hofer ... French Officer (uncredited)
John Horne ... Gentleman at Ball (uncredited)
Sdenka Kirchen ... Old Maid (uncredited)
Dmitriy Konstantinov ... Young Officer at Orgy (uncredited)
Mauro Lanciani ... Young Prince Nicholas (uncredited)
Stephen Lang ... Tichon - Old Servant of Bolkonskty (uncredited)
Arcibaldo Layall ... (uncredited)
Marianne Leibl ... Vera - Natasha's Sister (uncredited)
Don Little ... Gentleman at Ball (uncredited)
Alberto Lolli ... Prokofi - Rostov's Butler (uncredited)
Gianni Luda ... Soldier (uncredited)
Clelia Matania ... Mademoiselle Geoges (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... De Beausset - French Messenger (uncredited)
Nino Milia ... (uncredited)
Enrico Olivieri ... French Drummer (uncredited)
Eric Oulton ... Russian General (uncredited)
Piero Palermini ... Russian Artillery Lieutenant (uncredited)
Mimmo Palmara ... French Officer (uncredited)
Piero Pastore ... Bolkonsky's Servant (uncredited)
Teresa Pellati ... Liudmila (uncredited)
Frank Pex ... (uncredited)
Paola Quagliero ... Young Girl Protected by Pierre (uncredited)
Savo Raskovitch ... Czar Alexander I (uncredited)
Jerry Riggio ... French Officer (uncredited)
Alfredo Rizzo ... Soldier (uncredited)
Giovanni Rossi-Loti ... Young Russian Officer (uncredited)
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ... Young Cossack (uncredited)
Umberto Sacripante ... Old Man (uncredited)
Aldo Saporetti ... Guest at Dolochov's Party (uncredited)
John Stacy ... Russian General (uncredited)

Robert Stephens ... Officer Talking with Natasha (uncredited)
Eschilo Tarquini ... Soldier (uncredited)
Gilberto Tofano ... Young Dying Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Tor ... Pope (uncredited)
Gualtiero Tumiati ... Count Kirill Bezukhov (uncredited)
Joop van Hulzen ... Russian Officer (uncredited)
Henri Vidon ... (uncredited)
Robin White Cross ... Young Officer at Orgy (uncredited)
Maria Zanoli ... Mavra - Rostov Housekeeper (uncredited)
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Directed by
King Vidor 
 
Writing credits
Leo Tolstoy (based on the novel by)

Bridget Boland (adaptation) &
Robert Westerby (adaptation) &
King Vidor (adaptation) &
Mario Camerini (adaptation) &
Ennio De Concini (adaptation) &
Ivo Perilli (adaptation)

Gian Gaspare Napolitano  screenplay (uncredited)
Mario Soldati  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Carlo Ponti .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Leo Cattozzo  (as Leo Catozzo)
 
Art Direction by
Mario Chiari 
 
Set Decoration by
Piero Gherardi 
 
Costume Design by
Maria De Matteis 
Giulio Ferrari (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup supervisor
Bud Bashaw Jr. .... makeup artist: Audrey Hepburn (uncredited)
Grazia De Rossi .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bruno Todini .... general production manager
Giorgio Adriani .... production manager (uncredited)
Fernando Cinquini .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Fausto Saraceni .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guidarino Guidi .... assistant director
Bernard Vorhaus .... assistant director (as Piero Mussetta)
Carlo Lastricati .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mario Soldati .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Franz Bachelin .... associate art director
Gianni Polidori .... assistant art director
Mario Garbuglia .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... head scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
Charles Knott .... sound recording
Aldo Calpini .... sound engineer (uncredited)
R.D. Cook .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Achille Filo Della Torre .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Nick Gerolimates .... sound cable (uncredited)
Hayden Hohstadt .... mike grip (uncredited)
Harold Lewis .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Bud Parman .... sound boom (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Costel Grozea .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aldo Tonti .... director of photography: second unit
Dennis Bartlett .... focus puller (uncredited)
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bud Fraker .... still photographer (uncredited)
Guy Harris .... electrician (uncredited)
Al Holton .... electrician (uncredited)
Otello Martelli .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Neff .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lorne Netten .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria De Matteis .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Stuart Gilmore .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... musical director
 
Other crew
Arthur Fellows .... production assistant: Mr. Vidor
Aurel Milloss .... choreographer
Ralph Serpe .... production assistant: New York
Guy Thomajan .... dialogue coach
Auriel Millos .... choreographer (uncredited)
Art Sarno .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated PG for violence
Runtime:
208 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Stereophonic Sound ® by Suonitalia Studio - Rome)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Chile:18 | Finland:K-14 | Italy:T | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1957) | Spain:18 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #17917) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
May Britt and Anita Ekberg had their voices dubbed by others.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Natasha is sitting next the dying Prince Andrei's bed, she leans her both hands on her legs. In the next shot, when Kolya enters in the room, her right hand is on the top of the bed pole.See more »
Quotes:
Gen. Kutuzov:[to himself] Time and patience. Patience and time. The Grand Army is wounded, but is it mortally wounded? An apple should not be plucked while it's green. Patience and time.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A perfectly ridiculous farce., 22 April 2011
Author: budmassey (cyberbarrister@gmail.com) from Indianapolis, IN

Any allusion to Tolstoy's masterpiece in connection with this film can only be considered libel. The film fails on virtually every level and bears no thematic, emotional, intellectual or philosophical relationship to that great novel. With so many flaws, all that remains is a perfectly ridiculous farce. But it is pretty.

One can gain a cursory introduction to Tolstoy's novel from this film, but little else. Tolstoy envisioned a colossal and sweeping epic of cultural upheaval amidst an intricate tapestry of human drama set against the French invasion of Russia by Napoleon. King Vidor seems to have in mind something a little more akin to a saccharin, tawdry melodrama with great costumes.

The casting decisions are completely incomprehensible. Although I adore Audrey Hepburn and, when properly cast, she was beyond compare, as the complex and conflicted Natasha Rostova her strengths become weaknesses. As the sprightly ingénue, or the naïve gamin, she set the screen on fire. Moreover, as she was, in fact, an aristocrat, her regal bearing is sublime.

There are, however, qualities in the great characters of Russian literature that were simply not within Hepburn's repertoire. Her memorable turn as Holly Golightly may have transformed Capote's layered character into a shallow, though thoroughly delightful, scatterbrain, but her incomparable radiance made it all worthwhile. Sadly, a similarly simplified Natasha did not play as well.

Hepburn's then husband, Mel Ferrer, was equally miscast as the vain and sardonic Prince Andrei. To be fair, he would have been miscast in any serious role, as he was a positively dreadful actor, but like most of the cast, he fails to reflect any of the impact that war can have on people's lives or the epic cultural shifts that were taking place in Russia at the time.

Neither of these sins can hold a candle, however, to the casting of Henry Fonda as Pierre Bezukhov. First, he was, by his own acknowledgment, far too long in the tooth for the role, which he says he merely took for the money. More to the point, his bumpkin blank stares and cloying American earnestness, and a ubiquitous curiously pained expression that defies explanation, his stock in trade in more successful efforts, smother any subtlety that the role requires. Wandering through epic battles like a cow grazing mindlessly in a football field, he could not be more ridiculous. Granted Pierre's application of gematria to determine that Napoleon was the Biblical Antichrist may have been a bit much to put on the big screen in 1956, but are we truly to accept Fonda's placid counting to one thousand to keep his feet from freezing as a reasonable substitute? I suppose that had the film been called "Pretty French and Russian Uniforms" it would have been less objectionable and certainly more honest, but then who would have watched it? As "War and Peace" it is more epic failure than truly epic.

In one scene Fonda as Pierre stands inexplicably on a great battlefield and mutters, "Damn you Napoleon. Damn you to hell." He should have directed this curse at King Vidor, the true villain of the piece, for squandering the legitimate talents of Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda and, one must not forget, Leo Tolstoy on this travesty. Damn you King Vidor. Damn you to hell.

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