The Brothers Karamazov (1958 film)

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The Brothers Karamazov
Brothers Karamazov.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Brooks
Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein
Richard Brooks
Based on The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Starring Yul Brynner
Maria Schell
Lee J. Cobb
Albert Salmi
Richard Basehart
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography John Alton
Edited by John D. Dunning
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1957 (1957)
Running time
145 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,727,000[1]
Box office $5,440,000[1]

The Brothers Karamazov is a 1957 film made by MGM, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov. It was directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Pandro S. Berman. The screenplay was by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Richard Brooks. It was entered into the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.[2] The brothers are played by Yul Brynner, Richard Basehart and William Shatner in his film debut.


The story follows Fyodor, the patriarch of the Karamazov family and his sons. When he tries to decide an heir, the tensions between the brothers of the film run high, leading to infighting and murder.



Carroll Baker was meant to play the female lead but Warner Bros put her on suspension after she refused to play Diana Barrymore and would not loan her out. Maria Schell stepped in instead.[3]


According to MGM records the film made $2,390,000 in the US and Canada and $3,050,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $441,000.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Brothers Karamazov". Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ WARNERS TO HOLD ACTRESS TO PACT: Studio Halts Deal Between Carroll Baker and M-G-M for 'Karamazov' Movie Maria Schell Sought By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 03 May 1957: 20.

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