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Taras Bulba (1962)

In the 16th-century Ukraine, the Polish overlords and Ukrainian cossacks fight for control of the land but frequent Turkish invasions force them to unite against the common Turkish foe.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screenplay), Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ilka Windish ... Sofia Bulba
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Old Stepan
Vladimir Irman Vladimir Irman ... Grisha Kubenko
Daniel Ocko Daniel Ocko ... Ivan Mykola
Abraham Sofaer ... Abbot
Mickey Finn ... Korzh
Richard Rust ... Capt. Alex
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Storyline

A "Romeo and Juliet" story that takes place in the late 16 c. Ukraine. Taras has settled into comfortable farm life after years of adventures and swashbuckling with his cossack companions. Though not wealthy, he is able to send his son Andrii away to a Polish school. At this time the Poles are overlords of Ukraine and the origin of the cossacks is struggle of the Ukrainian serfs to free themselves and their land of Polish domination. Toward this end Taras hopes that his son will be educated in the ways of the enemy. Instead, Andrii falls in love with the daughter of a Polish nobleman, setting the stage for a clash between love, family honor, and a struggle for national identity. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

Yul Brynner received an extra payment so that his name would appear below Tony Curtis' in the film's billing. See more »

Goofs

Cossacks never entered the city of Dubnoe. They were chased by the Poles that came to the town's aid. See more »

Quotes

Prince Grigory: I count only three regiments.
Taras Bulba: Three... to start.
[Yelling as Cossacks attack from all sides]
Taras Bulba: YOU taught us, Pole!
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the army of the Argentine Republic. See more »

Connections

Version of Taras Bulba, il cosacco (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wishing Star
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Mack David
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2 February 2006 | by mikemoldovanSee all my reviews

I agree with most of the posts. However, one area that does not get attention is the soundtrack to the movie. When the Cossacks gather and ride to the Polish city to fight, the music is truly great. Having seen the movie over 40 years ago I can still hear the music of the ride to Dubnoi over and over in my head. I find it intoxicating!! Yul Brenner is made for the part of Tarus. I could never see Tony Curtis as a Ukrainian prince and his looks do not fit the part. He is however a Hungarian of Eastern European descent. This is a fun movie that has a great score, cinematography, and some interesting scenes and performances. The Yul Brenner song is laughable though.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Yugoslavia | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

19 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Salta, Argentina See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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