IMDb > The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
The Brothers Karamazov
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Brothers Karamazov (1958) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 4 | slideshow) Videos
The Brothers Karamazov -- Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov is given the Hollywood screen treatment in this sumptuous and colorful film.


User Rating:
6.8/10   1,840 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 36% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel)
Julius J. Epstein (adaptation) ...
View company contact information for The Brothers Karamazov on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
(28 articles)
The Devil, Probably
 (From MUBI. 31 March 2014, 9:09 AM, PDT)

Earliest Best Actor Oscar Winner Has Died
 (From Alt Film Guide. 1 February 2014, 6:52 PM, PST)

BFI London Film Festival 2013: ‘The Double’ an ambitious and darkly funny second feature
 (From SoundOnSight. 14 October 2013, 11:20 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Pales in comparison to the book, but does bravely adapting a monumental and notoriously complex literary classic and is solid on its own merits See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
145 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Marlon Brando was considered for the role of Dimitri.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 »
Smerdjakov:If you'll permit a comment, sir, you're not at all like your brother Dmitri.
Ivan Karamazov:Half-brother.
Smerdjakov:You're different from all of them. I could see that the first minute you arrived yesterday. Intelligence, audacity, cleverness...
Ivan Karamazov:You've just never met anyone who lives in Moscow.
Smerdjakov:No sir, it's those magazine articles you wrote, the ones about crime.
Ivan Karamazov:[pauses] You enjoyed them.
Smerdjakov:[takes out a magazine clipping, reads it] There is nothing in the world to make man love their neighbours. If there is no God, then nothing can be immoral. Everything becomes lawful, even crime. Crime becomes not only lawful, but inevitable.
See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Pales in comparison to the book, but does bravely adapting a monumental and notoriously complex literary classic and is solid on its own merits, 15 July 2015
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

The Brothers Karamazov has quickly become one of my favourite books, with its riveting story, interesting and thought-provoking themes and some of the most brilliant characterisation of any book (how many pieces of literature have characters this multi-dimensional?) I've ever read. This 1958 film version does pale in comparison, lacking the book's depth of characterisation, but does a brave job adapting a monumental and complex book with some scenes being impossible to film, and is a solid film overall.

It's not perfect. Sometimes the film is stodgily paced (some might say overlong, not to me, considering the length of the book and the amount of story there is if anything the film's too short). The ending was always going to be a reasonably problematic one, with it in the book being as open-ended as it is, but this viewer couldn't help shake off the feeling that the ending felt too rushed and incomplete here. Most of the casting came off surprisingly well, but there were reservations about Maria Schell, despite her alluring appearance and her impressively played early scenes she was generally too genteel for Grushenka, a role that was in need of more earthiness and peasant-like.

However, The Brothers Karamazov looks great, with lavish colour photography and an evocative re-creation of the opulent but also gritty 19th-century Russia period. It's scored with a stirring yet also understated richness by Bronislau Kaper, and does benefit from controlled direction by Richard Brooks and a literate script that really provokes though and, even when condensed with the essence and the religious and philosophical themes missing, makes an effort to keep to Dostoevsky's tone of writing and giving the film substance. It is not an easy job adapting a nearly 800 page book into a two-and-a-half hour film, and while not completely successful due, to feeling sometimes like highlights being present but not always to their full potential and major characters being significantly reduced (Alexei, Zosima) at the expense at focusing primarily on Dmitri, it does so laudably. It is still mostly riveting and there wasn't much trouble following the story, with the major events depicted and structured relatively faithfully, and there is enough atmosphere, suspense, emotion and mystery to give the story some flavour.

From the acting front, the film comes off surprisingly successfully considering that initially there were a couple of actors that seemed unlikely casting (i.e. William Shatner). The two that came off the most strongly were Yul Brynner and Lee J. Cobb. Brynner is very charismatic and gives the right emotional intensity and vulnerability, while Cobb gives his patriarchal role so much juice and life, his demeanour sometimes even quite intimidating (the role is a problematic one due to being one that could easily fall into overacted caricature, Cobb admittedly does overact but enjoyably and the character still felt real. Richard Basehart brings many layers and nuances to Ivan, Claire Bloom is spot-on as Katya and Albert Salmi is effectively insidious as Smerdyakov. William Shatner does suffer from a greatly reduced (in terms of how he's written) character, but surprisingly this is Shatner at his most subdued and moving, most of the time in his acting for personal tastes he's the opposite.

All in all, pales in comparison to the masterpiece that is the book but it is a brave attempt. Taking it on its own merits, which is a fairer way to judge, The Brothers Karamazov has short-comings but is a solid film overall. 7/10 Bethany Cox

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (23 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Dated? Tin_ear
The boys acting RioRep
It will air on TCM at 11:00 AM (ET) on 11/20/2012 michaelhelwick
On DVD at all? CollyKibber
Find 815 Mr_Schwartz
Vote for Brothers Karamazov to be released on DVD DesetDewRanch
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Four Feathers The Kite Runner No Way Out King of the Khyber Rifles Rocco and His Brothers
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.