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Taras Bulba (1962)

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

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J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screenplay), Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 16c. 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 Andrei 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, Andrei 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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Plot Keywords:

cossack | battle | ukraine | russia | epic | See All (48) »

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A Love Story of Flesh And Fire! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Yugoslavia | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

19 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Тарас Бульба See more »

Filming Locations:

Salta, Argentina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color Negative Film 5250)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally began as a Burt Lancaster script before Tony Curtis was given the role. See more »

Goofs

The position of the fatal bullet-hole on Andrei's breastplate changes from when he was shot to when Natalia finds him after the battle. See more »

Quotes

Abbot: Remove your cassock and prostate yourself.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Edited into The Time Tunnel: Attack of the Barbarians (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wishing Star
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Mack David
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Amazing such a subject made by Hollywood!
11 June 2001 | by necrodemionSee all my reviews

That this classic novel by Gogol about the legendary Ukrainian cossack hero could have been made into a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, and that this was done at the very height of the cold war seems unbelievable today.

While the film is dated a bit by the kitschy love story involving Tony Curtis' character, Yul Brynner is perfect in his role which seems one of those he was born to play.

A colourful and spectacular historical epic in the best of the then-dying old Hollywood tradition, this is probably the only exposure that the American public at large has to Ukrainian history, and in this alone it is a valuable work. But the film manages to succeed on the entertainment level as well, and I recommend it to all fans of the good ol' Hollywood studio historical drama.


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