I thought this BBC version of "War and Peace" was done well. It follows the book pretty well--making it very long. While it follows the book's story line better than most movies about books, I was a bit disapointed in the lack of scenery in the film. For instance, you are rarely shown an overview shot of the houses, just inside shots of rooms, and during battle scenes you are shown just an open meadow. The movie is also lacking music. The story is great, but there is no background music usual for a movie. That is good and bad, however, because it gives you the feel that it is more realistic. Anthony Hopkins gives a very good performance as "Pierre." I was really happy with the way the story followed that which was in the book. It takes some liberties, but considering time constraints, most are understandable. I think I detected a little anti-communist twist in the British film of the early '70's when Pierre looks out the window at the end of the movie and says, "I wonder what kind of world it will be like in 100 years," (he supposedly said this in 1820)after just talking about his willingness to support a revolution. The book obviously does not have this type of direct foreshadowing to the Bolshevik [sic] revolution of c. 1917. I thought the actors did well, though most were not what I pictured from the book. Overall, I think it was a very good movie. I am glad I purchased it. I would like to see the Russian version too, however.