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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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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)
Mollie 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)
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)

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)
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 »
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.
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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Adaptation Follows Facts,Not Spirit,of Novel, 27 December 2000
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As happens so often with film adaptations of great novels,we have a screenplay that will focus on the events of a novel,rather than on the underlying philosophical tenets and theories that seem to be involved.Perhaps it is inevitable that this be the case.The Karamazovs are,in actuality,the fragmented aspects of the author's

personality;a.)brutishness;b.)impulsiveness;c.)intellect;d.)spirituality;e.) depravity.(To wit;Feodor;Dimitri;Ivan;Alexis;Smerdyakov).And the real hero of the novel is Alexis.We are witnessing his growth and development as a hero against the sordid story of his family and the murder of their lustful,wicked father.It is development,particularly regarding the testing of his faith in the hard and often callous world,that marks the real journey of the story.This is minimalized in the film.I guess that this probably wouldn't have sold in 50s America.The adaptation ,given my observations,is really quite impressive.We can't fault any of the production values,efforts,and activities.And,with one exception,the cast is excellent.My one fault in this respect is with Lee J.Cobb.This outstanding character actor is much too young,virile,and attractive to portray accurately the character the author intended.Feodor Karamazov is supposed to be about 65,a physical wreck,sinister,and depraved.His physically debauched condition is intended to mirror his moral corruption.And,yet,given these attributes,he in nevertheless fascinating to women.(At least,certain kinds of women.I shudder to think what their agendas are if they find an old villain like this attractive.They must be as needy as all get-out,and viewing him through a fantasy veil that keeps out all accurate perceptions.)In my opinion,the late Donald Pleasence would have been a much more realistic choice for the part.Otherwise,given my criticism,this is a highly enjoyable film.

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