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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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Credited cast:
Bogdan Stupka ... Bohdan Chmielnicki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomasz Abramski Tomasz Abramski ... (as T. Abramski)
Piotr Bala Piotr Bala ... (as P. Bala)
Wladyslaw Baranski Wladyslaw Baranski ... Puljan (as W. Baranski)
T. Bat T. Bat
Wlodzimierz Bednarski Wlodzimierz Bednarski ... Cossack (as W. Bednarski)
Jerzy Bonczak ... Czaplinski
Wlodzimierz Borysiak Wlodzimierz Borysiak ... (as W. Borysiak)
Jerzy Braszka ... (as J. Braszka)
Wlodzimierz Brodecki Wlodzimierz Brodecki ... Writer
Joanna Brodzik ... Bride
Michal Chorosinski Michal Chorosinski ... Symeon Kurcewicz
Marek Cichucki ... Wierszull
T. Ciecierski T. Ciecierski
Rafal Cieszynski ... Subagazi
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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 »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (4 episodes) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Krzysztof Kowalewski, playing a character of Jan Onufry Zagloba, had played an alleged Zagloba's cousin Roch Kowalski in The Deluge (1974) See more »

Goofs

The pikes used by the infantry should be much longer, as they are of little use being so short. Pikes are pole arms, typically of 10 to 25 feet in length. 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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Good period piece with a bit for everyone
5 February 2006 | by gwailo247See all my reviews

As a movie based on a book that is a staple of Polish reading, it is bound to attract its adherents and detractors. But overall it has enough merit to it to warrant at least a single viewing.

The story is set in the 17th century, during a period of strife on the eastern fringes of Polish territory, in today's Ukraine. The main plot centers around a rebellion of Cossacks against the oppression of Polish landowners, in the greater setting of a conflict between Poland, Muscovy and the Tartars.The book was written from a Polish standpoint, so there is some obvious favoritism shown, but the main characters are not one dimensional. The motivations of the characters are clearly explained, and the good guy is not always good, and the bad guy is not always bad. The political intricacies may be a bit confusing, but at its heart this movie is a love triangle, so as long as you focus on that, you can follow along.

The main reason to watch this movie is visual. If you are one of those people who likes to have a movie transport them to another time and place, this movie is for you. The costumes, props and scenery are simply beautiful. All the characters speak in the language they are supposed to speak, so you have conversations in Polish, Ukranian and even Tartar. The performances by the main characters are wonderful, ranging from comedy to romance to drama to action.

The movie has a bit of something for everyone. If you like action, the battle sequences are fantastic, very massive in scale. If you like romance, the lead characters are not too hard on the eyes, and their passionate feelings come across the screen quite strongly. There is a very strong comedy element as well, but you might have to understand Polish to appreciate it fully.

The special effects in this movie leave a bit to be desired. It certainly is a bloody, and at times gory film, but really no worse than a lot of recent US offerings.

If I was to use a US movie as a thematic comparison, Last of the Mohicans might be a good choice, with the hero looking for his love in a wild and savage environment.

Overall I would recommend this movie to fans of historical films. The plot is fairly straightforward, so you can focus on watching the visuals instead.


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