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1
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20 November 1973 (USA) See more »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins See more »
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I heartily second the opinions regarding the superbness of this epic series See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Anthony Hopkins ... Pierre Bezukhov (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
Morag Hood ... Natasha Rostova (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alan Dobie ... Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
Rupert Davies ... Count Rostov (14 episodes, 1972-1973)

Joanna David ... 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)
Frank Middlemass ... 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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Series Directed by
John Davies (20 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Writing credits
Jack Pulman (20 episodes, 1972-1973)
Leo Tolstoy (20 episodes, 1972-1973)

Series Produced by
David Conroy .... producer (20 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Original Music by
Carl Davis (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter Hall (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Film Editing by
Gordon Clarke (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Production Design by
Don Homfray (20 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Veljko Despotovic (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Charles Knode (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Makeup Department
Dawn Alcock .... makeup artist (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milos Antic .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Branislav Brana Srdic .... assistant director: Yugoslavia (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Derek Miller-Timmins .... sound / sound: studio / ... (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
Graham Hare .... film sound (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alan Dykes .... film sound / sound (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michael John Harris .... visual effects (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Summers .... lighting / studio lighting / ... (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
Peter Hall .... film camera (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Rawlins .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Other crew
Antony Brett-James .... military adviser (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
David G. Chandler .... military adviser / military advisor (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Duffy Christopher .... military adviser (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Geraldine Stephenson .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 

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890 min
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John Davies worked 2 years on this drama.See more »
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Soundtrack:
God Save the Tsar!See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
I heartily second the opinions regarding the superbness of this epic series, 16 February 2009
Author: jeffws from Tucson, Arizona

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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