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War and Peace (1966)

Voyna i mir (original title)
Eight-hour epic based on the book of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Two main story-lines are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre... See full summary »

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Sergey Bondarchuk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Pierre Bezukhov
Lyudmila Saveleva ... Natasha Rostova
Vyacheslav Tikhonov ... Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Boris Zakhava ... Field Marshal Kutuzov
Anatoli Ktorov ... Prince Nikolai Andreevich Bolkonsky
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Pricess Lisa Bolkonskaya
Antonina Shuranova ... Princess Maria Bolkonskaya
Oleg Tabakov ... Nikolai Rostov
Viktor Stanitsyn ... Ilya Andreyevich Rostov
Irina Skobtseva ... Hélène Bezukhova
Boris Smirnov ... Prince Vasili Kuragin
Vasiliy Lanovoy ... Anatol Kuragin
Kira Golovko ... Countess Rostova
Irina Gubanova ... Sonia Rostova
Aleksandr Borisov ... Uncle Rostov
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Storyline

Eight-hour epic based on the book of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Two main story-lines are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov, who is unhappy in his marriage. Another is the "Great Patriotic War" of 1812 against the invading Napoleon's Armies. The people of Russia from all classes of society stand up united against the enemy. The 500,000 strong Napoleon's army moves through Russia and causes much destruction, culminating in the battle of Borodino. The Russian army has to retreat. Moscow is occupied, looted and burned down, but soon Napoleon loses control and has to flee. Both sides suffer tremendous losses in the war, and Russian society is left irrevocably changed. Written by Eugene Fraga and Steve Shelokhonov

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The Greatest Motion Picture Ever Made...Has Been Made See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German | French

Release Date:

28 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

War and Peace See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkhangelskoe, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,213,013 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,976, 17 February 2019

Gross USA:

$148,503

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$148,503
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (4 parts) | (2 parts) | (4 parts) | (Québec)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System) (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (restored version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Original location of the historic route of Napoleon's Army at the Smolensk Road was used for filming. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the Battle of Borodino sequence (Part III - 1812), there are a few seconds where the shadow of the camera can be seen clearly. This is when the camera is moving along a trench, and a cannon falls nearby it. See more »

Quotes

Prince Andrei Bolkonsky: How can you be sure what will do harm to another man?. Personally, I know of only two real evils in life: Remorse and sickness.And happiness is the absence of those two evils.
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Alternate Versions

In addition to their multi-tape release, Kultur Video released this film on a single VHS tape (recorded at extended play). This version is English dubbed, pan and scanned, and edited into a single feature with no intermissions or recaps. The running time of this one-tape version is 358 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Natasha Rostova (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Prologue
(uncredited)
from "L'Incoronazione di Poppea"
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi
Written by Giovanni Francesco Busenello
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A most extraordinary film!
23 June 2002 | by stombergSee all my reviews

If possible, this is a film to be seen before reading the book! When Count Leo Tolstoy wrote War and Peace he was at the height of his mental powers. Tolstoy's in-depth understanding of the Russian people is transmitted ably by the director of the film, Sergei Bondarchuk. Bondarchuk's stress on authenticity as manifested in clever cinematography is perhaps unequaled in modern film making.

One has the feeling to be involved in the battle scenes and also the more intimate drawing room sequences.

The foundations of War and Peace are largely to be found in Tolstoy's keen interest in history.

Bondarchuk said, "We have tried to involve the spectator in the events on the screen to make him experience what Tolstoy's characters experienced and the atmosphere in which they lived." This has been done admirably.

Dag Stomberg


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