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War & Peace 

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As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Paul Dano ...  Pierre Bezukhov 6 episodes, 2016
James Norton ...  Andrei Bolkonsky 6 episodes, 2016
Lily James ...  Natasha Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
Adrian Edmondson ...  Count Ilya Rostov 6 episodes, 2016
Aisling Loftus ...  Sonya Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
Greta Scacchi ...  Countess Natalya Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
Jack Lowden ...  Nikolai Rostov 6 episodes, 2016
Tuppence Middleton ...  Helene Bezukhova / ... 6 episodes, 2016
Aneurin Barnard ...  Boris Drubetskoy 6 episodes, 2016
Jessie Buckley ...  Marya Bolkonskaya 6 episodes, 2016
Olivia Ross ...  Mademoiselle Bourienne 6 episodes, 2016
Tom Burke ...  Fedya Dolokhov 6 episodes, 2016
Jim Broadbent ...  Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky 6 episodes, 2016
Callum Turner ...  Anatole Kuragin 6 episodes, 2016
Rebecca Front ...  Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskaya 5 episodes, 2016
Stephen Rea ...  Prince Vassily Kuragin 5 episodes, 2016
Chloe Pirrie ...  Julie Karagina / ... 5 episodes, 2016
Mathieu Kassovitz ...  Napoleon Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2016
Matthew Stagg ...  Nikolushka 4 episodes, 2016
Emily Taaffe ...  Katya 4 episodes, 2016
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ...  Vassily Denisov 4 episodes, 2016
Gillian Anderson ...  Anna Pavlovna Scherer 4 episodes, 2016
Rory Keenan ...  Bilibin 4 episodes, 2016
Brian Cox ...  General Mikhail Kutuzov 4 episodes, 2016
Jolyon Coy Jolyon Coy ...  Kaisorov 4 episodes, 2016
David Quilter David Quilter ...  Tikhon 4 episodes, 2016
Ben Lloyd-Hughes ...  Tsar Alexander 4 episodes, 2016
Otto Farrant ...  Petya Rostov 3 episodes, 2016
Guillaume Faure ...  Napoleon's Adjutant 3 episodes, 2016
Kit Connor ...  Petya Rostov 3 episodes, 2016
Oscar Pearce Oscar Pearce ...  Lieutenant Colonel 3 episodes, 2016
Kate Phillips ...  Lise Bolkonskaya 3 episodes, 2016
Vesta Gabstaite Vesta Gabstaite ...  Rostov Maid 3 episodes, 2016
Fenella Woolgar ...  Catiche Kuragina 3 episodes, 2016
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As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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War & Peace See more »

Filming Locations:

Lithuania See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

James Norton (Prince Andrei) previously played Tommy Lee Royce on Happy Valley (2014). During series one, his character donned a disguise which included a hat, glasses, and a copy of the novel War and Peace. See more »

Goofs

Uniforms in the Russian army changed three times during the period covered in the movie, but there is only one shown in the series. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anna Pavlovna Scherer: But mon cher ami, how can you be so calm? This... this monster, Bonaparte - he's crossed into Austria now and... who's to say that Russia won't be next.
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Version of La guerre et la paix (2000) See more »

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Please don't rewrite classic literature
19 January 2016 | by LawrenceJoseSinclairSee all my reviews

This has the look and slow pace of a typical BBC Masterpiece production, good if you like that, and I usually do, especially the Dickens novels. (check out Martin Chuzzlewit for Paul Schofield's best performance) However, unlike most, in Tolstoy's major work, they've not remained true to the original literature.

Apparently (I've seen only Pt 1 myself), after reading a major media review, they've decided to sex up this story with scenes never in the Tolstoy novel.. in pt 1 a brother got in bed w his sister (both adults) in the morning, something inappropriate that I never remembered from any Tolstoy novels.. later there will be an infidelity they've thrown in as well -- poetic license apparently means RATINGS TRUMP LITERATURE.. I'm surprised they didn't add some gory violence as well, the more explicit, the more teenage viewers will love it.

FOR ME: IF you're going to film a major work of literature, then film THAT work, don't recreate it in your own modern perception filter of what it should have been.. or just write something original (if you can), but don't twist the classics into something more ratings worthy.

After seeing all four parts of this, I will no doubt immensely prefer the 1966 Russian version (even though subtitled), seven hours long with 250,000 Red Army extras in the war scenes, directed by actor Sergey Bondarchuk, shown here on PBS in four parts. A more epic and cinematic film, it had much better pace, more passion, and didn't invent scenes with the audience in mind. The war scenes in this TV production are very 'cheesy' by comparison.


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