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The Brothers Karamazov (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 February 1958 (Japan)
Drama based on Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky's homonymous novel about the proud Karamazov family in 1870s Russia.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Julius J. Epstein (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Edgar Stehli ... Grigory
Harry Townes ... Ippoli Kirillov
Miko Oscard Miko Oscard ... Ilyusha Snegiryov
David Opatoshu ... Capt. Snegiryov
Simon Oakland ... Mavrayek
Frank DeKova ... Capt. Vrublevski (as Frank de Kova)
Jay Adler ... Pawnbroker
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Storyline

Ryevsk, Russia, 1870. Tensions abound in the Karamazov family. Fyodor is a wealthy libertine who holds his purse strings tightly. His four grown sons include Dmitri, the eldest, an elegant officer, always broke and at odds with his father, betrothed to Katya, herself lovely and rich. The other brothers include a sterile aesthete, a factotum who is a bastard, and a monk. Family tensions erupt when Dmitri falls in love with one of his father's mistresses, the coquette Grushenka. Two brothers see Dmitri's jealousy of their father as an opportunity to inherit sooner. Acts of violence lead to the story's conclusion: trials of honor, conscience, forgiveness, and redemption. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

A Man of Violent Passions...The woman he loved and the woman who betrayed him! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polish | Russian

Release Date:

26 February 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murderer Dmitri Karamazov See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,727,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,390,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,440,000, 31 December 1958
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Perspecta Sound)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando was considered for the role of Dmitri. See more »

Goofs

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 cents, although the word cent can be broadly defined as the hundredth part of almost any national currency. See more »

Quotes

Alexi Karamazov: How can anybody spend five thousand rubles at one time?
Dmitri Karamazov: I admit it requires skill,brother.
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Referenced in Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly (1987) See more »

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Well Worth the Self-imposed Wait
18 October 2001 | by AshkevronSee all my reviews

I have never read The Brothers Karamazov. I have always been under the impression that the novel is too long, probably preachy, and most probably boring. Therefore, I put off seeing this film, even though most of my friends and family gushed about it whenever I watched anything with Yul Brynner on it (Anastasia, Ten Commandments). When I came to New York as a graduate student, though, it happened that my roommate was an even bigger Brynner fan than I, and I soon found myself in what amounted to a one week Brynner marathon. The Brothers Karamazov was the 2nd film we watched. And I loved it. It felt strange to think so back then, and it feels strange to write it now. But I loved it.

As a fan of both Classic films and literary classics (I haven't read Brothers Karamazov, but I have read several other classics, and thoroughly enjoyed them), I know that the first is almost always 180º apart from the latter. No one needs to tell me this film is probably only 20% of the original novel, and changed/re-arranged to boot. Doesn't matter. I still enjoyed it. I have never watched a film classic that so moved me, drew me in, and made me forget that the year was 1958. Brynner is at his most vulnerable here, and the actors portraying his brothers all did top-notch jobs (such a good job, in fact, that I was able to watch William Shatner -Captain Kirk to anyone remotely Trekkie- without even chuckling), as well as the leading ladies. Mr. Cobb deserved his Oscar. What a wonderful performance. The man must've had a blast playing Fyodor Karamazov; he cavorts about with energy and flair. The best scenes are whenever he is on screen with all four sons around him, although I liked this film so much that, at this point, "favourite scenes" would include 90% of the film.

Truly a wonderful work. Don't hesitate, as I did, to treat yourself to this cinematic jewel.


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