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With Fire and Sword (1999)
"Ogniem i mieczem" (original title)

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An epic story about the Ukrainian uprising against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth magnates in the 17th Century.

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Helena Kurcewiczówna
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Jan Skrzetuski
Aleksandr Domogarov ...
Jurko Bohun
Krzysztof Kowalewski ...
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Bohdan Chmielnicki
Andrzej Seweryn ...
Jeremi Wisniowecki
Zbigniew Zamachowski ...
Wiktor Zborowski ...
Longinus Podbipieta
Wojciech Malajkat ...
Rzedzian
Ewa Wisniewska ...
Kurcewiczowa
Ruslana Pysanka ...
Horpyna
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Tuhaj-Bej
Marek Kondrat ...
Gustaw Holoubek ...
Kisiel
Andrzej Kopiczynski ...
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In 1648 a Cossack rebellion in the Ukraine threatens the sovereignty of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth over the Cossack nation. The Cossack rebellion also known as the Khmelnytsky Uprising is pitting the Cossack nation and its Crimean Tatar allies against the forces sent by the Polish king John II Casimir. Polish Colonel Michal Wolodyjowski is leading a squadron of Polish cavalry.Traitors,assassins and spies are everywhere. Against the backdrop of the uprising, a Polish knight Skrzetuski and a Cossack leader Bohun fall in love with the same young beautiful woman, Helena. Their rivalry becomes the symbol of Polish-Ukrainian struggle. Written by nufs68

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The trilogy of books on which this movie and its predecessors are based was actually filmed in reverse order. The first movie to be made, 'Pan Wolodyjowski (1969)', is based on the final book of the trilogy, the second movie, 'Potop (1974)', was the second book and 'Ogniem i mieczem', the final movie to be made, is based on the first book. See more »

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Great music
26 November 2003 | by (Rhode Island) – See all my reviews

Many comments have been made on the movie, the plot and the acting. I saw the movie at a private screening in Warsaw and loved it. Some of the scenes were well done, some great.

But the music....the music never leaves you. The variations on "Falcons" through the second half of the movie were wonderful. The scene on the river with the male chorus was haunting. THe music should have attracted more note than it did. But, not released in English, based on a super-nationalistic plot of dubious historic value, the movie was only going to appeal to a Polish audience, which it certainly did.

(For those who have commented on its excessive pro-Polish stance, they would be surprised to hear that, in Poland, the criticism was that it was too nice to Chmielnicki. Some said that Hoffman's Ukrainian wife had too much influence.)

The music is the lasting star of the movie. I have the CD and treasure it.


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