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Taras Bulba -- A fierce Cossack chieftain (Yul Brynner) who has vowed to fight 'til the death to regain his lands from Polish invaders is confronted by his headstrong son (Tony Curtis), who is in love with a Polish girl. In HD.


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Waldo Salt (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
19 December 1962 (USA) See more »
A Love Story of Flesh And Fire!
A "Romeo and Juliet" story that takes place in the late 16c. Ukraine. Taras has settled into comfortable... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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So Bad It's Almost Good See more (39 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tony Curtis ... Andrei Bulba

Yul Brynner ... Taras Bulba

Christine Kaufmann ... Natalia Dubrov

Sam Wanamaker ... Filipenko

Brad Dexter ... Shilo

Guy Rolfe ... Prince Grigory

Perry Lopez ... Ostap Bulba

George Macready ... Governor
Ilka Windish ... Sofia Bulba
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Old Stepan
Vladimir Irman ... Grisha Kubenko
Daniel Ocko ... Ivan Mykola

Abraham Sofaer ... Abbot
Mickey Finn ... Korzh
Richard Rust ... Capt. Alex
Ron Weyand ... Tymoshevsky

Vitina Marcus ... Gypsy princess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Barton ... Vendor (uncredited)
Ellen Davalos ... Zina (uncredited)
James Dime ... Cossack (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Cossack (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Marvin Goux ... Brother Bartholomew (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Cossack (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Dolotov (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... Kimon Kandor (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... (uncredited)
Maurice Marks ... Cossack (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Worshiper in Church (uncredited)
Martine Milner ... Redheaded girl (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Mayor (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Cossack (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
Writing credits
Waldo Salt (screenplay) and
Karl Tunberg (screenplay)

Nikolai Gogol  novel

Produced by
Harold Hecht .... producer
Sandy Whitelaw .... associate producer (as Alexander Whitelaw)
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted  (as Folmar Blanksted)
Gene Milford 
William Reynolds 
Eda Warren 
Art Direction by
Edward Carrere 
Set Decoration by
William F. Calvert  (as William Calvert)
Costume Design by
Norma Koch 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emile Lavigne)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Daniel Striepeke)
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
David Silver .... assistant director: second unit (as Dave Silver)
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Morse Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Cooley .... sound mixer (as Stan Cooley)
Don Hall .... sound effects editor (as Don Hall Jr.)
James Richard .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Howard A. Anderson .... special photographic effects
Russell Lawson .... additional photographic effects (as Russ Lawson)
Jerry Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Liska .... stunt double (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Duke Callaghan .... camera operator (as Duke Callahan)
Ernst Haas .... still photographer (uncredited)
Stjepan Milic .... electrician (uncredited)
Marv Newton .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Saper .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric Seelig .... costume supervisor
Israel Berne .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Robert Fuca .... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Olive Koenitz .... costumer: ladies (uncredited)
Music Department
Leon Birnbaum .... music editor
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator
Robert B. Shepard .... playback singer (uncredited)
Lucie Svehlova .... orchestra leader: Tadlow re-recording (uncredited)
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Andrei Tolstoy .... technical advisor (as Andrey Tolstoy)
Crew verified as complete

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122 min | 124 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #20294) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Originally intended as a major Roadshow production, this was severely cut prior to release, much reducing Yul Brynner's part and greatly angering the star.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Andrei was the youngest son of Taras Bulba, not the oldest.See more »
Taras:There's only ONE WAY to keep faith with a Pole. Put your faith in your sword and the sword in the Pole.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Wishing StarSee more »


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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
So Bad It's Almost Good, 27 March 2005
Author: wforstchen from Montreat NC

Like a couple of other reviewers I remember seeing this film as a kid at a riotous Saturday matinée. For weeks afterwards we played cossacks, even found a ravine in a landfill where I lived in NJ to play out one of the scenes. We were lured into seeing it with a great "trailer" of cossacks running riot, fighting, horses galloping about. It looked cool. The absolutely wretched love story that took over most of the film almost triggered a riot in the theater that day.

This is one of those epics films that I like to describe as "so bad it's almost good." The writing is awful, the so called epic scenes tend to be ridiculous, a couple of thousand extras might have helped, and of course a overly mushy love story is thrown in, complete to the soft focus scenes. (David Lean could pull off the soft focus over and over in Zhivago but whoever directed this turkey simply made them laughable.) And yet. . . I just love Yul. He looks the part of a cossack and he plays the part. Tony, in contrast is absurd. I guess he just couldn't shave his head to the traditional cossack style so it get's explained away as adopting the "Polish" style. The parties though, and the riding around. What a kick. When I saw this film again in grad school with my Polish girl friend at my side, it triggered our first real fight. I roared over the line, "put your trust in the sword and the sword in the Pole," (Freud would have loved that one!) and she just freaked. She then announced she would enjoy attending the party as it unfolded on my dorm room TV, a thought I found appealing in regards to her, but I made a comment that I would be hung before I'd let my as yet hypothetical daughter go to one. That really set the girl friend off with accusations of sexism.

In fact this movie and "The Vikings" finally inspired us to stage a "barbarian party," a riotous success which is still legend with our friends, I won't go into the details but it was great, everyone in costume, food and drinking horns filled with beer flying about, etc.

But back to the film. The book is remarkable, in fact when I use to teach Russian history it was required reading. It appealed to me not only as the great Ukranian epic but the sci fi author as well, a model actually for the great heroic epic fantasies of Howard, Lamb, DeCamp and others. In contrast the film could actually be a case study in how Hollywood can turn an epic book into smush, and then lure kids into seeing it with a great trailer of a bunch of guys riding around.

And definitely do not miss Yul singing the "Cossack song," absolutely hysterical. If you can dig up a few Ukranian friends to sit with you, do so, and watch them go berserk! It would be like their making a movie in Kiev about George Washington and casting Danny DeVito in the lead, building a couple of log cabins out in the middle of the real Ukranian steppes (and I've been there) and saying its Valley Forge.

And yet, if it ran again tonight at midnight, I know I'd watch it. . .the same way I'd watch a train wreck.

A final note. Tony was insane. Janet Leigh was ten times (dare I say it?) "the babe" when compared to his co-star in this film whom he later married.

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