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Vladimir Bortko (writer)
Nikolai Gogol (novel)
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2 April 2009 (Belarus) See more »
Set in the 16th century, this is a story about Ukraine's Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies. | Add synopsis »
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A great adaptation of the historical epic novel. See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bogdan Stupka ... Taras Bulba
Igor Petrenko ... Andriy Bulba
Vladimir Vdovichenkov ... Ostap Bulba
Magdalena Mielcarz ... Panna Elzhbeta
Mikhail Boyarskiy ... Cossack Moisei Shilo
Vladimir Ilin ... Kurennoy Ataman
Yury Belyayev ... Koshevoy Kirdaga (as Yuriy Belyaev)
Ada Rogovtseva ... Taras Bulba's wife
Boris Khmelnitskiy ... Beard

Daniel Olbrychski ... Krasnevsky

Sergey Bezrukov ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eduard Cenzor ... Monk
Aleksandr Dedyushko
Sergey Dreyden ... Yankel - the Jew (as Sergey Dontsov)
Liubomiras Laucevicius ... Polish Duke (as Liubomiras Lauciavicius)
Romuald Makarenko
Ekaterina Novikova ... Panna
Aleksandr Rublev
Sergey Russkin ... Gayduk
Ostap Stupka ... Vertikhvost
Pyotr Zaychenko

Michal Zurawski

David L. Price ... Cossak (uncredited)

Directed by
Vladimir Bortko 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vladimir Bortko  writer
Nikolai Gogol  novel

Produced by
Sergey Danielyan .... producer
Ruben Dishdishyan .... producer
Aram Movsesyan .... producer
Anton Zlatopolskiy .... producer
Original Music by
Igor Kornelyuk 
Costume Design by
Ekaterina Shapkayts 
Sound Department
Natalya Avanesova .... sound
Michael Nasonkin .... sound editor
Michael Nasonkin .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Ekaterina Belova .... visual effects producer
Oleg Kondratyev .... visual effects supervisor
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Andrey Mesnyankin .... visual effects supervisor:
Elena Pestrikova .... visual effects artist
Timur Saitgaraev .... visual effects artist
Pavel Avilov .... stunts
Aleksandr Baranov .... stunts
Oleg Botin .... stunts
Brett Chan .... assistant fight choreographer
Brett Chan .... assistant stunt coordinator
Martin Csiaki .... stunts
James Embree .... stunt performer
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik .... stunt performer
Sergey Golovkin .... stunt coordinator (additional scenes)
Milan Hrvol .... stunts
Roman Jankovic .... assistant stunt coordinator
Roman Jankovic .... utility stunts
Zed Korshoonoff .... stunts
Todor Lazarov .... stunts
Branislav Martinak .... stunt double
Ivan Mica .... stunt performer
Peter Olgyay .... stunts
Nikolay Pavlyuk .... stunt performer
Dmitro Rudy .... stunt performer
Stanislav Satko .... stunt double
Alexandr Soloviev .... stunt performer: additional scenes
Marek Toth .... stunts
Branislav Martinak .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Other crew
Gleb Kaminer .... dubbing voice
Konstantin Lavysh .... dubbing voice

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129 min | 150 min (3 parts) (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.80 : 1 See more »

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150 horses were used in the film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the third part of the battle between Cossack host and Polish forces, rain starts falling from clear sky.See more »
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Spoofed in Samyy luchshiy film 3-DE (2011)See more »


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15 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A great adaptation of the historical epic novel., 26 September 2009
Author: Cinema Scholar from Australia

The 2009 Russian-made adaptation of "Taras Bulba" yet again highlights the directing genius of Vladimir Bortko. The film is beautifully crafted with spectacular costumes, truly epic battle scenes and a melodic score.

The cast is hand-picked to suit the roles perfectly, with Vladimir Vdovichenkov (Brigada, Bumer) playing the patriotic Ostap. Igor Petrenko (Geroy Nashego Vremeni, Volkodav iz roda Serykh Psov) is seen in yet another negative role that the audience can sympathise with - the traitorous Andrey. The stunning Magdalena Mielcarz (Quo Vadis?, Limousine) plays Elzhbeta, Andrey's love interest, and his sole reason for betraying his father and country. However, the real show-stealer is Bogdan Stupka (Est - Ouest, Ogniem i Mieczem), who portrays the brave Cossack Colonel Taras Bulba. The fearsome leader's role is played superbly, with his character catching on the exact same vibe that came off him in the original novel. A noteworthy mention also goes to the Russian cinema veteran Mikhail Boyarsky (D'Artanyan i tri Mushketyora, Gardemariny, Vperyod!), seen as Moisei Shilo, a well-respected Cossack and a seasoned warrior.

The film remains true to Gogol's 1842 edition of the novel and to history. The Cossack's repeated words of praise for the Russian Land and Orthodox Christianity can be found in the manuscript. The political situation at the end of the XVI century in Ukraine was that it's cultural and religious life was being tarnished and oppressed by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Rzeczpospolita. The Zaporizhian Cossacks were frequently involved in violent clashes with the Poles, which lasted well into the XVII century, until Ukraine requested Russian military assistance to finally defeat Poland and force it towards diplomacy. Interestingly, the Cossacks considered themselves independent from any nation, be it Russia or Ukraine, and they did not recognise the sovereignty of either ruler. Instead, they elected their own leaders and fought for their lands - the lands of the old Kievan Rus' that were united by Orthodoxy, and called Rus' for short.

With the budget of 516 million Russian rubles, Bortko is able to re- create the feeling of the time, aided with mass numbers of actors to ensure the realism of battle. Zaporizhian Sich was built as an accurate depiction of a Cossack settlement and the costumes used are reflective of the dress sense of the various factions.

Surely the picture could be improved on a number of fronts. Andrey's character development suffered, largely due to the time constraints of a single part film feature, however, that did not detract from the empathy one could experience with him. Another element that suffered from time constrains is the number of self-reflective narratives, that provide an insight on the various characters, present in the original novel. This is a common problem to all film adaptations of previously written materials.

Overall, Vladimir Bortko's "Taras Bulba" is a solid historical feature and a worthy adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's masterpiece. While it is somewhat inappropriate to compare it to a mini-series, the film reaches the same high standard set by Bortko in "Master i Margarita".


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