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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.

Director:

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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Certificate:

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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 developed as a project to be directed by Robert Aldrich. who said "I will make TARAS BULBA because I am Taras Bulba!" See more »

Goofs

The Polish cavalry pursues the Cossacks from Dubno and is defeated, giving victory to the Cossacks. However, there is no mention of the infantry troops that are seen when the Cossacks first arrive at the fortress nor is the artillery used again when the Cossacks return. There would still be troops able to defend the fortress. 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

Version of Taras Bulba, il cosacco (1963) 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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