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Taras Bulba (1962) Poster

(1962)

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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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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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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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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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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 Nikolai 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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