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Taras Bulba (1962)

In the 16th century Ukraine, the Polish overlords and the Cossacks fight for control of the land but frequent Turkish invasions force them to unite against the common Turkish foe.

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Shilo
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Prince Grigory
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Ostap Bulba
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Sofia Bulba
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Old Stepan
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Grisha Kubenko
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Ivan Mykola
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Korzh
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Capt. Alex
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Storyline

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:

Тарас Бульба  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yul Brynner wanted to capture the essence of Nikolay Gogol's novel in the film. By the time it reached the screen, it was dismissed as just another routine action picture in Cossack clothing--the very thing Brynner had hoped to avoid. According to his son, his father never again invested much, if any, of himself in his remaining screen work. See more »

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Andrei was the youngest son of Taras Bulba, not the oldest. See more »

Quotes

Taras: My son, why? Why?
Andrei Bulba: I did what I had to do.
Taras: From the day I plunged you in the river to give you life, I loved you as I loved the steppes. You were my pride! I gave you life. It is on me to take it away from you.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Tarass Boulba (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wishing Star
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Mack David
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Amazing such a subject made by Hollywood!
11 June 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

That this classic novel by Gogol about the legendary Ukrainian cossack hero could have been made into a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, and that this was done at the very height of the cold war seems unbelievable today.

While the film is dated a bit by the kitschy love story involving Tony Curtis' character, Yul Brynner is perfect in his role which seems one of those he was born to play.

A colourful and spectacular historical epic in the best of the then-dying old Hollywood tradition, this is probably the only exposure that the American public at large has to Ukrainian history, and in this alone it is a valuable work. But the film manages to succeed on the entertainment level as well, and I recommend it to all fans of the good ol' Hollywood studio historical drama.


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