Anthony Hopkins stars in this British adaption of Tolstoy's war and peace, an epic about Napoleon's invasion of Russia, as told through the eyes of five fictional Russian families.

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Series cast summary:
 Pierre Bezukhov (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
 Natasha Rostova (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alan Dobie ...
 Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
Rupert Davies ...
 Count Rostov (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
 Sonya (13 episodes, 1972-1973)
Faith Brook ...
 Countess Rostova (12 episodes, 1972-1973)
Angela Down ...
 Princess Maria Bolkonskya (10 episodes, 1972-1973)
Sylvester Morand ...
 Nikolai Rostov (10 episodes, 1972-1973)
David Swift ...
 Napoleon (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
Fiona Gaunt ...
 Hélène Kuragina (9 episodes, 1972)
 Mikhail Kutuzov (8 episodes, 1972-1973)
Anthony Jacobs ...
 Prince Bolkonsky (7 episodes, 1972)
Neil Stacy ...
 Boris Drubetskoy (7 episodes, 1972-1973)


Anthony Hopkins stars in this British adaption of Tolstoy's war and peace, an epic about Napoleon's invasion of Russia, as told through the eyes of five fictional Russian families.

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20 November 1973 (USA)  »

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Guerra e pace  »

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Better than the Book!
9 April 2010 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

That may sound like faint praise for what many cite as the most boring novel ever written. I suffered through the novel and had a difficult time keeping up with the characters, multiple plots, and backstories. Not so with the movie. I found I was able to keep up with the story and to take an interest in the characters, something I was unable to do when reading the novel.

Keep in mind this is a 20 part mini-series, 750 minutes in length. Don't plan on watching this over a weekend, unless you have some dexedrine. I was considering borrowing the 1956 version with Henry Fonda as Count Bezukhov and Audrey Hepburn as Natash Rostova but when I saw that it only had a tepid 6.7 IMDb score, I decided against it. I figured it was due to the short length of the film that voters didn't like it. How can you film "War and Peace" in 208 minutes? When I saw the 1972 version starring Anthony Hopkins as Bezukhov scored an impressive 9.4 on IMDb, I immediately placed a rental order on Blockbuster Online, & preceded to watch all 5 discs. It was an excellent experience.

Now for another crack at the novel. Maybe I'll begin to understand what all the critics were raving about.

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