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War and Peace

HD   PG Closed Captioning

King Vidor

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About the Movie

War and Peace is a commendable attempt to boil down Tolstoy's long, difficult novel into 208 minutes' screen time. In recreating the the social and personal upheavals attending Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia, $6 million was shelled out by coproducers Carlo Ponti, Dino de Laurentiis and Paramount Pictures. Some of the panoramic battle sequences are so expertly handled by second-unit director Mario Soldati that they appear to be Technicolor-and-Vistavision newsreel footage of the actual events. Still, the film falters dramatically, principally because of a lumpy script and King Vidor's surprisingly lustreless direction. In addition, the casting is wildly consistent: for example, while Audrey Hepburn is flawless as Natasha, Henry Fonda is far too "Yankeefied" as the introspective Pierre. Proving too long and unwieldy for most audiences, War and Peace died at the box office; far more successful was the epic, scrupulously faithful 1968 version, filmed in the Soviet Union.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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33%
  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Alas, the human stories that Tolstoy told so significantly in the book are sketchy and inconsequential, despite the time devoted to them. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Spectacular

It is a classic. I've cried, smiled, and changed as a person. It is recommended. It was beautifully portrayed and acted. No words can explain how stunning.

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War and Peace
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1956

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