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      War and Peace

      PG Released Aug 21, 1956 3h 28m History Drama List
      50% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 63% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In the years leading to Napoleon's invasion, members of the Russian aristocracy face a myriad of personal tragedies. After his father dies, Count Pierre Bezukhov (Henry Fonda), a friend of Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (Mel Ferrer), receives a substantial inheritance. When he decides to marry, Bezukhov unwisely chooses a conniving princess (Anita Ekberg). As for Bolkonsky, his wife dies during childbirth, after which he falls in love with Natasha Rostova (Audrey Hepburn) but is soon called to war. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Jordan Hoffman amNewYork War and Peace can look intimidating on a library shelf, but this particular version is engaging, fresh and feels nothing like homework. An opportunity to see it in a theater like this doesn't come around often. Rated: 4/4 Feb 20, 2019 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times Alas, the human stories that Tolstoy told so significantly in the book are sketchy and inconsequential, despite the time devoted to them. Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network ... the film is quite decent (although the script is fairly facile), mostly because the focus is largely on Natasha, and Hepburn brings a grace but also a sexiness to the role that she hadn't yet shown - especially with her scenes with Vittorio Gassman. Rated: B- Jan 21, 2022 Full Review André Bazin L'Éducation Nationale The film seems to me to be an acceptable approximation of a great novel -- one that will win thanks for King Vidor from a few hundred thousand new readers. Dec 8, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Henry Fonda possesses the mettle to fill the shoes of Pierre Bezukhov, but no amount of squinting will camouflage the sight of this 50-year-old American playing a 20-something Russian. Rated: 2/4 Oct 23, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A stilted and ponderous epic about Napoleon's failed Russian invasion of 1812. Rated: C+ Feb 17, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jared D This is a big production with big strengths and big flaws as well. If you are unfamiliar with Tolstoy's original, even at 3 and a half hours this film only hits the highlights. Strengths: the casting. Most of the cast are excellent. This is actually one of Audrey Hepburn's best dramatic performances. She captures the character of Natasha perfectly. The weaknesses: again, the casting. The exception to the previous point is Henry Fonda's role as Pierre. Fonda never finds the essence of this character. One of Fonda's strengths is his ability to play an American "everyman." Among this cast of Europeans telling an essentially European story, his Americanness stands out. He is simply not convincing playing a Russian aristocrat. I also think he was too old to play this young man who is only supposed to be 10 or so years older than Natasha. Rather than anchoring the scenes he is in with a compelling characterization, Pierre comes off as enigmatic and unreadable. Another weakness: the editing. The film easily could have had a 30 minutes or more chopped out of it and it would not have been missed. Still, overall, a movie worth seeing for the rest of the cast, a truly great story with many surprises. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/19/20 Full Review Steve D Great adaptation with strong performances. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/05/23 Full Review William L About as much of a success as Napoleon's actual retreat from Moscow. This attempt at continuing the epic literary adaptation craze falls flat on its face right out of the gate and then drags the viewer along without much change for the next few hours, capped by a particularly poor performance from Hepburn. (1/5) Rated 1 out of 5 stars 08/09/20 Full Review Audience Member For such an epic story, this movie was just meh. A truly strange cast. Some great actors but none of them really fit together. The battle scenes were good but most of the rest, not so good. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review harri k Despite some superb performances, great art direction etc, it's just not a narrative optimal for a feature-length production. Long and boring but still quite meaningful and rewarding. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The best epic movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis In the years leading to Napoleon's invasion, members of the Russian aristocracy face a myriad of personal tragedies. After his father dies, Count Pierre Bezukhov (Henry Fonda), a friend of Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (Mel Ferrer), receives a substantial inheritance. When he decides to marry, Bezukhov unwisely chooses a conniving princess (Anita Ekberg). As for Bolkonsky, his wife dies during childbirth, after which he falls in love with Natasha Rostova (Audrey Hepburn) but is soon called to war.
      Director
      King Vidor
      Producer
      Dino De Laurentiis
      Screenwriter
      Ennio De Concini, Leo Tolstoy, King Vidor, Robert Westerby, Bridget Boland, Mario Camerini, Gian Gaspare Napolitano, Ivo Perilli, Mario Soldati, Gian Gaspare Napolitano, Mario Soldati
      Distributor
      CIC Video, Paramount Pictures, CIC-Taft Home Video, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica [it], Associated British Picture Corp.
      Production Co
      Dino de Laurentiis Corp.
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 21, 1956, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 1, 2012
      Runtime
      3h 28m
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