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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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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

Jack Palance (who really was of Ukrainian descent) turned down the role later taken by Yul Brynner. See more »

Goofs

When the horses are leaping the gorge in the challenge, the shot from beneath shows the horses crossing the gap with their legs dangling down as they are being lifted across rather than leaping across. See more »

Quotes

Andrei Bulba: I'll tell you what the Poles taught me, that a Cosack is an ignorant barbarian, good enough to kiss a Pole's foot, or fight a Pole's war, but not good enough to walk Polish streets, or raise his eyes to a Polish woman, or rule his own land.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King (1995) See more »

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The Wishing Star
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Mack David
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Great battle scenes, totally predictable script about Cossack fight for independence.
26 February 2000 | by bullett-3See all my reviews

A Romeo and Juliet plot wherein Tony Curtis falls in love with a Polish princess on first sight. He later betrays father, brother, friends, and his homeland, because he had one date with the princess. Well, O.K. From the first moment that we see the princess we know exactly where we are going. Needless to say the most important thing in the fathers life is driving the Poles from 16th Century Ukraine. And here the son betrays all, and runs off with a polish princess. Yul Bryner is Taras Bulba , a pure warrior Cossack. He loves his Steppes, his sons, his friends, his horse, his sword, and his wife. In that order. Of course Yul overacts but given what he is supposed to be, well who can blame him. And after all who else could have played this part.But really,Tony Curtis as a 16th century Cossck. Well O.K.,but with the perfect hairdo, perfect teeth, and perfect blue eyes......it just doesnt seem as if Tony has spent much time mowing his front lawn, let alone invading, raping, and pillaging much of Eastern Europe. The battle scenes are wonderful, and we get the full effect of cavalry battles. They are really quite rousing. They however are the only things that save this film. As such I give this film a SEVEN.


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