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Taras Bulba (1962) Poster

(1962)

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Tony Curtis plays Yul Brynner's son, but Curtis was only five years younger than Brynner in real life. Curtis is also a "college student" at the real life age of 37 in this movie.
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Another movie where Yul Brynner has a full head of hair in a few brief scenes. Ironically, when Tony Curtis punches Yul in the abdomen (in the scene where he and Brynner are reunited after two years), Tony's hairpiece flops forward, revealing his thinning hair on the back of his head.
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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.
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Tony Curtis met Austrian actress Christine Kaufmann on the set of this film and later married her.
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Originally began as a Burt Lancaster script before Tony Curtis was given the role.
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Final film of Vladimir Sokoloff.
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Originally developed as a project to be directed by Robert Aldrich. who said "I will make TARAS BULBA because I am Taras Bulba!"
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In addition to providing the film's narration, Paul Frees dubbed Daniel Ocko's voice.
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Bronislau Kaper was originally chosen to score the movie, but he was busy on MGM's Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). He recommended Franz Waxman as his replacement.
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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.
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Franz Waxman's Oscar-nominated score was regarded by fellow composer Bernard Herrmann as one of the finest film scores ever written.
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This went over $2 million over-budget resulting in United Artists taking a loss of $4.5 million at the box office.
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Jack Palance (who really was of Ukrainian descent) turned down the role later taken by Yul Brynner.
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Howard Fast wrote the first drafts of the screenplay, refusing to tone down the ethnic cleansing that forms a key part of the story. Karl Tunberg and Waldo Salt were then brought in to soften this.
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Yul Brynner was so committed to his part, he wanted the film to be shot in sequence to make his performance more true. This did not happen.
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Yul Brynner received an extra payment so that his name would appear below Tony Curtis' in the film's billing.
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This was Waldo Salt's first credit on a Hollywood film under his own name for more than ten years; he had been forced to work under pseudonyms as a result of blacklisting.
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