War and Peace
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"A stilted and ponderous epic about Napoleon's failed Russian invasion of 1812."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Spectacle galore starring Hepburn and Fonda."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
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