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With Fire and Sword (1999)

Ogniem i mieczem (original title)
An epic story about the Ukrainian uprising against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth magnates in the 17th Century.

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Jerzy Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Izabella Scorupco ... Helena Kurcewiczówna
Michal Zebrowski ... Pan Yan
Aleksandr Domogarov ... Jurko Bohun
Krzysztof Kowalewski ... John Humphrey Zagloba
Bogdan Stupka ... Bohdan Chmielnicki
Andrzej Seweryn ... Jeremi Michal Wisniowiecki
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... George Michael Michael
Wiktor Zborowski ... Longinus Podbipieta
Wojciech Malajkat ... Rzedziany
Ewa Wisniewska ... Kurcewiczowa
Ruslana Pysanka ... Horpyna
Daniel Olbrychski ... Tugai Bey
Marek Kondrat ... Jan II Kazimierz
Gustaw Holoubek ... Senator Kisiel
Andrzej Kopiczynski ... Zatsvilikhovski
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Storyline

In 1648 a Cossack rebellion in the Ukraine threatens the sovereignty of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth over the Cossack nation. The Cossack rebellion also known as the Khmelnytsky Uprising is pitting the Cossack nation and its Crimean Tatar allies against the forces sent by the Polish king John II Casimir. Polish Colonel Michal Wolodyjowski is leading a squadron of Polish cavalry.Traitors,assassins and spies are everywhere. Against the backdrop of the uprising, a Polish knight Skrzetuski and a Cossack leader Bohun fall in love with the same young beautiful woman, Helena. Their rivalry becomes the symbol of Polish-Ukrainian struggle. Written by nufs68

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Based on a novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | Tatar | Ukrainian | Turkish

Release Date:

8 February 1999 (Poland) See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (4 episodes) (TV)

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Mono | Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Jurko Bohun was first offered to Boguslaw Linda. The actor had to turn it down as he was then starring in 'Pan Tadeusz (1999)'. See more »

Goofs

A traditional Polish-Ukrainian song Hej sokoly is sung in the movie. This is an anachronism as the action of the movie takes place in 1648 and the song was composed in the 19th century. See more »

Alternate Versions

On April 14 2001 the first channel of Polish public television aired the first part of the television version of the movie. The television version is almost 30 minutes longer than the version previously shown in the cinemas and contains of four episodes. It includes some scenes that were deleted from the theatrical edition, e.g. scenes with Krystyna Feldman and Agnieszka Krukówna playing Ukrainian women or Magdalena Warzecha playing Gryzelda Wisniowiecka. See more »

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Follows Colonel Wolodyjowski (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Dumka na dwa serca
Lyrics by Jacek Cygan
Music by Krzesimir Debski
Performed by Edyta Górniak & Mietek Szczesniak
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romance & war drama
26 February 1999 | by priscSee all my reviews

Mostly for Polish viewers, some basic knowledge of 17th century Poland may be helpful if you want to understand the movie. It's about the rebellion of Ukrainian Cossacks against their lords - Polish nobility (it was before tsars conquered Ukraine). Polish prince Jeremi Wisniowiecki fights them with extreme atrocity but when they ally with Tatars, is forced to withdraw to the fortress of Zbaraz. These events form a background for the love between one of Polish commanders and girl he meets while carrying out some emissary mission for the prince. The movie is based on the novel "With Fire and Sword" (orig. "Ogniem i mieczem") by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Nobel award for "Quo Vadis"). This book is the first part of a trilogy, other parts have also been filmed. I think it's important to read the novel and see all mentioned movies - "The Deluge" (orig. "Potop") and "Pan Michael" (orig. "Pan Wolodyjowski").


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