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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 Pierre Bezukhov (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Natasha Rostova (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alan Dobie ...
 Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
Rupert Davies ...
 Count Rostov (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 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)
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 Mikhail Kutuzov (8 episodes, 1972-1973)
Anthony Jacobs ...
 Prince Bolkonsky (7 episodes, 1972)
Neil Stacy ...
 Boris Drubetskoy (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
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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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John Davies worked 2 years on this drama. See more »

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Version of ITV Play of the Week: War and Peace (1963) See more »

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God Save the Tsar!
By Alexei Lvov
Performed by The Band of H.M. Welsh Guards
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I heartily second the opinions regarding the superbness of this epic series
16 February 2009 | by (Tucson, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I don't have much to say in addition to the adulations given by, especially, those who watched this amazing series at a young age. I was 23 when it first broadcast on public television, a co production of the BBC and Time-Life. I disagree with the verbose UK reviewer above, who felt the episodes boring until about halfway. I was intrigued with episodes 1 and 2, and utterly engrossed by 3, waiting impatiently for the following week to bring the next episode. My only problematic observation from the 1st episode was that it seemed a little stagy, as if I were watching a stage play. Small criticism. Watching it again 37-odd years later ( have finished the 2nd DVD as I write this) I was again engrossed, with the advantage of not having to wait a week for the next episode! The only proper and accurate adaptation to the great novel.

Considering this a television production, I was again impressed (and surprised) by the ambition and quality of the battle scenes. It was refreshing not see an exaggerated CGI army battling another CGI army. My favorite actors were Alan Dobie and a young Anthony Hopkins. Every time I see Hopkins in a movie, I immediately remember his outstanding performance as Pierre. The one scene I always remember is Alan Dobie ad Prince Andre, lying in the battlefield after being wounded while leading a futile charge at Austerlitz, lying on the ground, staring up at the sky and remarking about it, that all is vanity, illusion.

Finally, how can one forget Fiona Gaunt as Helene? Wow, those low-cut empire-style gowns. I kept fearing (if that is the word) that she wouldn't be able to "contain" herself. (Sorry for the moment of male levity).

My all-time favorite British TV production, even slightly ahead of the wonderful Upstairs, Downstairs.

P.S. Thanks to the viewer who pointed out that it was not shown on Masterpiece Theater. I always remembered that it was, and was regretting that Alistair Cooke's introductions and final comments were missing from the DVD. Now I know that they were not! But how I wish they were!


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