• War and Peace (1956)

War and Peace

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Maitland McDonaghTV Guide Magazine

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

  • 70
    J. HobermanVillage Voice

    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

  • 90
    A.O. ScottThe New York Times

    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

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Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design (Color)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated British Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Cinematography (Color)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama