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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 & 10 nominations See more »
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Decent Adaptation of Vast Novel but of its time See more (44 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)
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Prince Bolkonsky (voice) (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)
Robert Rietty ... French Officer (voice) (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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Marlon Brando was considered for the role of Pierre, but he did not want to work with Audrey Hepburn.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Platon Karatsev:[to the French soldier who is about to execute him during the retreat] Are you afraid too, friend?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Grande Valse BrillanteSee more »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Decent Adaptation of Vast Novel but of its time, 2 October 2002
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

I've read the book and seen this version several times. The main drawback is of course time.

Thus, it must inevitably slight: a) many of the characters who bring joy to reading the novel - the princely father of the Kuragins, Sonja's story, Nicholas falling in love with Marya, the forgiveness by Bolkonsky (Ferrer) of Anatole Kuragin when his leg is amputated on a table beside which he is lain out, etc. and b) much of the philosophy contained in the book - whether about the masons or the purpose of life.

However, as a sort of highlights version of the novel, I thought it dealt well with the main lines of the plot.

It also is clearly 1950s film-making. There is little sense indoors of the lighting of the time, the sets look generally clean or deliberately destroyed (rather than mysterious and gloomy). In fact, the entire film appears all too clearly delineated - there is little of the kind of murkiness one would find in such a movie being made today - say, the way Schindler's List looks - or The Last Emperor looks.

The movie is also benefitted by having Audrey Hepburn, Anita Ekberg and John Mills - physically they are EXACTLY what I imagined of these characters - and I thought Mills and Hepburn were excellent. (And what Ekberg lacked in ability to convey emotion, she gained from her jaw-dropping embodiment of the buxom blonde!). The Henry Fonda choice for Bezuhov is an odd one - he's not the first person I think of when I think of a huge heavy awkward bear of a man. He did the best he could but was clearly miscast. Prince Bolkonsky (the father) and the Count and Countess Rostov were first rate - so were the choices for Napoleon, Homolka as Kutuzov, Kuragin, Dolokhov and the Rostov family. Mel Ferrer was ok - but imagine, say, the Terence Stamp of Far From the Madding Crowd and how he could have done.

All in all, this is clearly a movie of its time in cinematography, sets, the clearly drawn lines of the script - but it is entertaining and does about as well as possible in dramatizing in 3 1/2 hours a book of over 1000 pages.

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