War and Peace Poster

Release Date: 1956

DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 2002

PG|3 hr 28 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman, John Mills, Herbert Lom, Oscar Homolka, Anita Ekberg

Director: King Vidor

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Dino de Laurentiis Corp.

Keywords: Marriage, Passionate, Intense, Sister, Love, Quest, Soldier, Death

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Patwardhan offers no solutions, but poses disturbing questions. show more

  • Mr. Patwardhan has located so much information and found so many willing interview subjects that his War and Peace has a riveting intelligence all its own and earns its epic title. show more

  • Immersed in popular culture, War and Peace makes it clear that India's nuclear mania appeals not only to religious chauvinism, primitive nationalism, and a desire for modernity but, even more dangerously, to a festering sense of inferiority. show more

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Nominated Costume Design (Color)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Cinematography (Color)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama