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The Brothers Karamazov -- Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov is given the Hollywood screen treatment in this sumptuous and colorful film.


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Release Date:
26 February 1958 (Japan) See more »
The greatness and glory, the loves and sins of the famed novel.
Ryevsk, Russia, 1870. Tensions abound in the Karamazov family. Fyodor is a wealthy libertine who holds his purse strings tightly... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Extremely intense version based on Dostoyesky 's novel and set in Russia ,19th Century See more (23 total) »


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Yul Brynner ... Dmitri Karamazov

Maria Schell ... Grushenka

Claire Bloom ... Katya

Lee J. Cobb ... Fyodor Karamazov

Albert Salmi ... Smerdjakov

William Shatner ... Alexi Karamazov

Richard Basehart ... Ivan Karamazov
Judith Evelyn ... Mme. Anna Hohlakov
Edgar Stehli ... Grigory
Harry Townes ... Ippoli Kirillov
Miko Oscard ... Ilyusha Snegiryov
David Opatoshu ... Capt. Snegiryov

Simon Oakland ... Mavrayek

Frank DeKova ... Capt. Vrublevski (as Frank de Kova)
Jay Adler ... Pawnbroker
Gage Clarke ... Defense Counsel
Ann Morrison ... Marya
Mel Welles ... Trifon Borissovitch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Bacon ... Courtroom Scribe (uncredited)
George Barrows ... MP (uncredited)
Sam Buffington ... Tipsy Merchant (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Giselle D'Arc ... Party Girl (uncredited)
James Dime ... Juror (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Innkeeper (voice) (uncredited)
Molly Glessing ... Mother (uncredited)
Leonard Graves ... Third Court Officer (uncredited)
Clare Higgins ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Moronic Prisoner (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Polish Officer's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Waiter (uncredited)
Gustave Lax ... Juror (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Guard (uncredited)

Len Lesser ... Jailer (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Juror (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Juror (uncredited)
Shepard Menken ... Peter (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Old Crone (uncredited)

Gloria Pall ... Girl (uncredited)
Guy Prescott ... Friend (uncredited)

Diana Quick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)

Stafford Repp ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Jerry Riggio ... Second Court Officer (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Michael (uncredited)
Ziva Rodann ... Gypsy Singer (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Juror (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
William Vedder ... Father Zossima (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Chief Judge (uncredited)
Than Wyenn ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
Writing credits
Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel "The Brothers Karamazov")

Julius J. Epstein (adaptation) &
Philip G. Epstein (adaptation)

Richard Brooks (writer)

Constance Garnett  English translation

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Kathryn Hereford .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
John Alton 
Film Editing by
John D. Dunning  (as John Dunning)
Casting by
Mel Ballerino (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Paul Groesse 
William A. Horning 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Robert Priestley 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Frank La Rue .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Peggy Shannon .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
William Kaplan .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Shanks .... assistant director
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
John Speak .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Albert Conti .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Vicki Nichols .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Dave Saltuper .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Georgie Auld .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gerald Fried .... musician: oboe (uncredited)
Dominic Frontiere .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... conductor (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
Andrei Tolstoy .... technical advisor (as Andrey Tolstoy)
Ted Butcher .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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145 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Debut of Simon Oakland.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Captain Snegiryov discuses Dmitri Karamazov's debt situation he notes that Dmitri Karamazov could not even repay 2 cents for every ruble he owes (0:33:35).The Russian ruble is divided into 100 kopecks not into cents.One sub-unit of the ruble is called a kopeck.See more »
Alexi Karamazov:How can anybody spend five thousand rubles at one time?
Dmitri Karamazov:I admit it requires skill,brother.
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Extremely intense version based on Dostoyesky 's novel and set in Russia ,19th Century, 17 November 2009
Author: ma-cortes

Hollywood rendition of the classic novel by Feodor Dostoyesky deals about the Karamazov family. It starts in Ryevsk, 1870, the father named Fyodor is a selfish libertine , he brutalizes and mistreats his sons . His four grown sons are Dimitri(Yul Brynner), an attractive, wealthy officer who is betrothed to rich Katya (Claire Bloom), the monk is named Alexi(William Shatner), a writer named Ivan (Richard Basehart) and the bastard (Albert Salmi). Dimitri falls in love with a beautiful woman named Grishenka(Maria Schell), but she's the father's lover. Then emerge the tensions , drama and tragedy when brothers and father struggle with their desires for the same women.

One of the most interesting films based on the novels by the fascinating Russian writer Feodor Dostoevsky - Crime and punishment-. The writers Julius and Philip Epstein -Casablanca- kicked out most of the psychological undertones of the original. This overlong picture is confined by the demands of melodrama and packs some flaws and gaps. Nevertheless it is full of masterly touches and unexpected flashes of intelligence. Nice performances by all star cast , especially by Richard Bashehart, William Shatner and Lee J. Cobb does an overacting. And Maria Schell who does a sensible and smiling performance as Grushenka, whose role Marilyn Monroe attempted desperately to get. Colorful cinematography by John Alton, a noted cameraman expert on noir cinema.

Good and intense direction by Richard Brooks. He was a fine writer/director so consistently mixed the good and average which it became impossible to know that to expect from him next. Firstly he worked regularly as a Hollywwod screenwriter. After that, his initial experience of directing was one of his own screenplays called ¨Crisis¨. The Richard Brooks films that have the greatest impact are realized during the 50s and 60s as ¨Cat on a hot tin roof, Something of value, Elmer Gantry, Sweet bird of youth, In cold blood, Lord Jim and the Professionals¨ and of course ¨The brothers Karamazov¨ .

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