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The Cossacks (1928)

 -  Drama  -  23 June 1928 (USA)
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A peace-loving Cossack chooses to prove himself in battle when his village and childhood sweetheart label him a coward.

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Prince Olenin Stieshneff
Paul Hurst ...
Sitchi
Dale Fuller ...
Ulitka - Maryana's Mother
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Josephine Borio ...
Stepka
Yorke Sherwood ...
Uncle Eroshka
Joseph Marievsky ...
Turkish Spy (as Joseph Mari)
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Lukashka is the son of a fierce Cossack chief, but he would rather relax in the woods or flirt with his sweetheart Maryana than go to battle with the neighboring Turks. However, his life changes when he is publicly humiliated by his fellow villagers and rejected by Maryana, who regard him as a coward. Overnight, Lukashka proves himself a capable warrior to prove them all wrong, impressing his father and Maryana; however, when she tries to apologize for her cruel treatment of him, he ignores her, even though he is still in love with her. Matters get complicated when the Tsar's son comes to village in search of a bride and sets his eyes on Maryana. And then there's still the Turks to contend with... Written by cupcakes

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Stirring romance, hard riding, desperate fighting with the Cossacks playing their game of war and chivalry. A mighty picturization of Count Leo Tolstoi's famous novel of the same name. See more »

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Composer Robert Israel was commissioned by Turner Classic Movies to compose a new orchestra music score for their new High-Def broadcast edition, which aired on their network on June 1, 2014. See more »

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Great movie, lots of action, fantastic condition
1 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film held up extraordinarily well, and the picture is better than a majority of films made in the following decade. I would expect nothing less from an MGM film, of course.

I really loved the costumes in this film. The acting was good, of course, especially with a very attractive John Gilbert as the lead. There are some moments where the story gets overly-complicated, but the writing process had to undergo several changes (at one point even the director was switched), but despite that, I think this was a great movie. It survived a myriad of drama off-screen to become an excellent adventure romance on screen anyway.


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