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Director:
Writers:
Leo Tolstoy (based on the novel by)
Bridget Boland (adaptation) ...
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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 7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Worthy (Though Flawed) and Much-Underrated Effort 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
Country:
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)

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Trivia:
In the Italian post-synchronized version of the film, the following dubbers lent their voice to the English-speaking cast: Maria Pia Di Meo (Audrey Hepburn), Emilio Cigoli (Henry Fonda), Stefano Sibaldi (Mel Ferrer), Arnoldo Foà (Herbert Lom), Mario Besesti (Oskar Homolka), Lidia Simoneschi (Anita Ekberg), Gualtiero De Angelis (Helmut Dantine), Amilcare Pettinelli (Barry Jones), Fiorella Betti (Milly Vitale), Rosetta Calavetta (May Britt) and Carlo Romano (John Mills). Vittorio Gassman dubbed himself.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Just after Andrei dies while Natasha is at his bedside, he swallows and his adam's apple visibly moves.See more »
Quotes:
Prince Bolkonsky:You're over thirty! By the time a man's over thirty, life should be sad, meaningless and hopeless!See more »
Soundtrack:
Les roses de NovgorodSee more »

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Worthy (Though Flawed) and Much-Underrated Effort, 19 September 2005
Author: luannjim from Sacramento, CA USA

Given that trimming Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE down to the length of one feature film (even at three-and-a-half hours) is probably a fool's errand to begin with, this 1956 version deserves more respect than it's generally gotten -- though the comments here indicate that the film may actually be gaining the respect that critics and film historians have so long denied it.

The movie does suffer from two undeniable shortcomings. First is the atrocious sound recording that has blighted virtually every Italian movie ever made. As some of the comments have noted, movies shot at Rome's Cinecitta had their sound post-dubbed rather than recorded on the set. But actually, this practice was then (and remains) very common. The sound in Italian movies stands out simply because they were so bad at it. The brutal truth is, even the greatest masterpieces of Fellini, De Sica, Rosselini, etc. are less than they might have been because Italian sound technology was so slipshod. And so it is with WAR AND PEACE: it's hard to suspend disbelief when soldiers struggling across a river sound like someone dropping quarters into a toilet.

The other shortcoming is the appalling miscasting of Henry Fonda as Pierre Bezhukov. It's the worst performance of his career, and he looks and sounds about as Russian as a slice of pumpkin pie. One commenter here said Alec Guinness should have played Pierre. It's an intriguing suggestion, and of course Sir Alec was always good. Even better, I think, would have been Peter Ustinov. In 1956 he was Pierre to the very life.

But the rest of the casting is genuinely inspired. Oskar Homolka as Gen. Kutuzov, Barry Jones as Count Rostov, Jeremy Brett as Nikolai, Herbert Lom as Napoleon -- all could hardly be improved upon. And Audrey Hepburn was simply born to play Natasha. And Mel Ferrer as Prince Andrei ... well, he did have his faults as an actor (to say the least!), but at least he looked the part.

Beyond that, the movie has lavish production values, impressive battle scenes, and one truly great and powerful sequence, the French Army's disastrous retreat from Russia, that takes up much of the last hour.

There's no substitute, of course, for reading the novel (I've read it three times myself). But this 1956 movie makes a worthy introduction, and even helps to keep Tolstoy's complex plot straight when you do get around to reading it.

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