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War and Peace (1966)

Voyna i mir (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, History, Romance | 28 April 1968 (USA)
A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pierre Bezukhov
... Natasha Rostova
... Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Boris Zakhava ... Field Marshal Kutuzov
Anatoli Ktorov ... Prince Nikolai Andreevich Bolkonsky
... Pricess Lisa Bolkonskaya
... Princess Maria Bolkonskaya
... Nikolai Rostov
... Ilya Andreyevich Rostov
... Hélène Bezukhova
... Prince Vasili Kuragin
... Anatol Kuragin
... Countess Rostova
Irina Gubanova ... Sonia Rostova
Aleksandr Borisov ... Uncle Rostov
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A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, high-society fickle young woman loves and her years of unhappiness. A Count illegitimate, idler son reflects on politics and friendship. Experiences his first and hopeless love, is forced into a marriage with serious consequences and finally survives Napoleon invasion of Moscow and its aftermath. Written by Eugene Fraga

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Tolstoy is not dead! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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28 April 1968 (USA)  »

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$9,213,013 (estimated)
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(video) | (4 parts) | (2 parts) | (4 parts) | (Québec)

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(70 mm prints)| (RCA Sound System) (35 mm prints)| (Restored version)

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(Sovcolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

103 filming locations were used for the film. 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 is dying]
Prince Andrei Bolkonsky: Natasha... I love you too much. More than anything in the world.
Natasha Rostova: And I! But why too much?
Prince Andrei Bolkonsky: Why too much? Well, what do you think? What do you feel in your soul, deep in your soul? Shall I live? What do you think?
Natasha Rostova: I'm sure of it.
Prince Andrei Bolkonsky: How good that would be.
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Prologue
(uncredited)
from "L'Incoronazione di Poppea"
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi
Written by Giovanni Francesco Busenello
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The most faithful movie adaptation of a book I've seen
28 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

When you see the movie that adapts your favorite work of literature you have high expectations. You have a picture of the scenes, locations and characters in your mind, and hardly ever a movie comes close to those images. Likewise, I found the 1954 movie War and Peace very disappointing. I was prepared for a similar experience before I saw the two-part movie by Russian director Sergei Bondarchuk. And was surprised. Still, the seven hours' version still omits many facets (including the almost satirical epilogue) of the original 1600 pages work of Leo Tolstoy. But never before lived a movie up to the images of my mind like this one. The actors, the locations, must have been picked very carefully, because they are very close to how they are depicted in the book. In more than one instance I had the feeling that my imagination had been brought to the screen. But it isn't the faithful rendition of the material alone that makes this movie so unique and wonderful. The broad scope of emotions, the grand scale of the aristocracy's parties with all their luxury, the battles with tens of thousands of extras, the impressive burning of Moscow, the actors who don't act but live the plot, it all adds to the wonderful experience of this film. This movie is highly recommended to any true lover of Tolstoy's book, who is interested in Napoleonic history or simply anyone who likes deep, moving, impressive movies. For anyone interested in Napoleonic history, I also highly recommend Bondarchuk's Waterloo, from 1969/70.


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