Taras Bulba (1962)

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A "Romeo and Juliet" story that takes place in the late 16c. Ukraine. Taras has settled into comfortable farm life after years of adventures and swashbuckling with his cossack companions. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prince Grigory
Ilka Windish ...
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Old Stepan
Vladimir Irman ...
Grisha Kubenko
Daniel Ocko ...
Ivan Mykola
Mickey Finn ...
Richard Rust ...
Capt. Alex


A "Romeo and Juliet" story that takes place in the late 16c. Ukraine. Taras has settled into comfortable farm life after years of adventures and swashbuckling with his cossack companions. Though not wealthy, he is able to send his son Andrei away to a Polish school. At this time the Poles are overlords of Ukraine and the origin of the cossacks is struggle of the Ukrainian serfs to free themselves and their land of Polish domination. Toward this end Taras hopes that his son will be educated in the ways of the enemy. Instead, Andrei falls in love with the daughter of a Polish nobleman, setting the stage for a clash between love, family honor, and a struggle for national identity. Written by Anonymous

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A Love Story of Flesh And Fire!


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Release Date:

19 December 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I djävulens tjänst  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$4,000,000 (USA)

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| (Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tony Curtis met Austrian actress Christine Kaufmann on the set of this film and later married her. See more »


The cossacks' "scalp-lock" is not on the back but the front! Only the old cossack is the one that has it correctly. Also Yul Brynner's scalp-lock is very unnatural. It looks like a pony tail and it has too much hair for being only the remaining hair from shaving the rest of the head. See more »


Governor: My son is dead, your brother killed by your Cossack lover. Tell your servant to pack your belongings. I'll arrange for an escort to take you out of the city. You cannot stay here after tonight. You'll be taken to Dubno. There you will serve as maid in waiting until you have been trained in the responsibilities of your birth.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the army of the Argentine Republic. See more »


Version of Taras Bulba, il cosacco (1963) See more »

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Taras Bulba
4 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Taras Bulba is a movie about the Ukrainian Cossacks and not Russian Cossacks! The Ukrainian land was independent and not part of Czarist Russia in the 16th century, the time the movie portrays.

Taras Bulba shows the fighting spirit of the Ukrainian Cossacks fighting to defend Ukraine form their enemies. My favorite part of the movie was when young Andrij Bulba asks his father Taras Bulba why the Ukrainian Cossacks did not wear armor like the Poles. Taras showed his son a cross around his neck and told his son that that is the Ukrainian Cossacks armor.

It is a movie about the best European fighters of that era and is a very fun and exciting movie.

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