Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion, serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of five aristocratic 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
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 Count Rostov 14 episodes, 1972-1973
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 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 ...
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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Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion, serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of five aristocratic Russian families.

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John Davies worked two years on this show. See more »

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Version of La guerre et la paix (2000) 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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Faithful to Tolstoy, More Complete Than Most Versions, Hopkins a Fine Pierre
28 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

There are at least three major filmed versions of the epic, sprawling Tolstoy masterpiece, and each offers particular pleasures. The King Vidor version made for Hollywood is short; otherwise, it offers a miscast Henry Fonda and a wistful Audrey Hepburn, who while lovely indeed, is out of her depth in a deeply tragic story. The Russian version which clocks in at somewhere about eight hours has lavish spectacle going for it, huge amounts of staged battle sequences which boggle the mind--and done without the use of CGI;its drawback is an often confusing script and, for contemporary English and American audiences, an over-the-top, occasionally hysterical acting style. This version is fifteen hours long and I found it followed the book carefully, and is loaded with fine performances, particularly Anthony Hopkins as the confused Pierre, bumbling through life in search of some spiritual catharsis; there are numerous other roles that become memorable from actors not familiar to most of us, and only Napoleon comes up short in a lackluster, thudding performance. Because this version was for BBC and not the movies, it looks a little spare now and then, but once the rhythm was set, I found it compelling and hugely satisfactory.


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