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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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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
Mathieu Kassovitz ...  Napoleon Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2016
Matthew Stagg 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 ...  Kaisorov 4 episodes, 2016
David Quilter David Quilter ...  Tikhon 4 episodes, 2016
Ben Lloyd-Hughes ...  Tsar Alexander 4 episodes, 2016
Chloe Pirrie ...  Julie Karagina 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
Ken Stott ...  Osip Alexeevich Bazdeev 2 episodes, 2016
Pip Torrens ...  Prince Bagration 2 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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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Co-producer Harvey Weinstein considers Leo Tolstoy's classic as his favorite novel. 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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Connections

Version of War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky (1965) See more »

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Worth watching, if only for Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov
29 January 2016 | by exisceSee all my reviews

Contrary to many opinions here, I found it rather watchable and even enjoyable at times. It felt like a polished, brushed, and westernized version of the original novel, and to my view there was little "Russian" spirit in the series. But I understand that overall it fits well within the BBC format of period movies such as those based on Jane Austin works. Perhaps this was the creators' way to make it more watchable for the modern audience.

Of course, the best thing about this version of W&P is Paul Dano - to me, he's been born for this part. Kind, intelligent, noble, sensitive, soft, fragile, often a restless soul - Dano is all these things. Couldn't even dream of such count Bezukhov. Another strong suit of the movie, as many noted, are the locations and set decorations. Amazing. The costumes, on the other hand, looked at best questionable to me, especially when it came to Natasha's, Sonia's, and princess Bolkonskaya's dresses and styles. I was simply shocked by how the former two were dressed for their first appearance in the movie: seriously, they are young countesses, does the costume designer really believe that Russian nobility had no taste whatsoever in fashion? Unfortunately, apart from Paul Dano, I found most of other casting choices rather disastrous (especially Lily James as Natasha). They all are fine actors, but not suited for their parts, with rare exceptions. I felt that a more thorough casting job should have been done.

Overall, I think that it is still possible to enjoy this new production, especially if you haven't read the book.


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