24 user 10 critic

Taras Bulba (2009)

2:03 | Trailer
Set in the 16th century, this is a story about Ukraine's Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies.


Vladimir Bortko


Vladimir Bortko, Nikolay Gogol (novel) (as Nikolai Gogol)
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

Admiral (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of admiral Aleksandr Kolchak who remained faithful to his oath to the Russian Emperor and fought against the Bolshevik rule after the 1917 October Revolution.

Director: Andrey Kravchuk
Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Sergey Bezrukov
War | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The film is based on the second book from the Adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin series of novels written by the Russian author Boris Akunin. The film takes place in 1877 during the ... See full summary »

Director: Dzhanik Fayziev
Stars: Egor Beroev, Olga Krasko, Marat Basharov
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An epic story about the Ukrainian uprising against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth magnates in the 17th Century.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Stars: Bogdan Stupka, Tomasz Abramski, Piotr Bala
Svolochi (2006)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A "Hitlerjugend" kind of story, set in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, based on a fictitious story from the eponymous book by Vladimir Kunin. The Red Army has a gang of ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Atanesyan
Stars: Andrey Panin, Andrey Krasko, Aleksandr Golovin
Sobache serdtse (TV Movie 1988)
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Professor Preobrazhensky and his colleague place some human parts into a dog named Sharik. Soon the dog transforms into a human.

Director: Vladimir Bortko
Stars: Evgeniy Evstigneev, Vladimir Tolokonnikov, Boris Plotnikov
9th Company (2005)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young Soviet Army recruits are stuck in the bloody war in Afghanistan, that was started by politicians.

Director: Fedor Bondarchuk
Stars: Artur Smolyaninov, Aleksey Chadov, Konstantin Kryukov
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Russian poet, singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was an idol of the 1970s and '80s. In 1980, at the age of 42, he passed away during the Moscow Olympic Games. This is the story of his last ... See full summary »

Director: Pyotr Buslov
Stars: Sergey Bezrukov, Oksana Akinshina, Andrey Smolyakov
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Veteran of World War II takes revenge on three scums who raped his naive granddaughter.

Director: Stanislav Govorukhin
Stars: Mikhail Ulyanov, Anna Sinyakina, Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The czar of Russia has died and a power vacuum has developed. This period in the late 16th and early 17th century has been called "The Time of Troubles." There are many impostors who claim ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Khotinenko
Stars: Pyotr Kislov, Michal Zebrowski, Artur Smolyaninov
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two prisoners, who have escaped from prison, hate each other. But subsequent circumstances make them reunite and deal with all the problems: from kids to gangsters.

Director: Igor Zaytsev
Stars: Sergey Bezrukov, Dmitriy Dyuzhev, Elena Babenko
Pop (2009)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Father Alexander is trying to maintain peaceful life for his church amidst the Nazi occupation during WWII.

Director: Vladimir Khotinenko
Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Nina Usatova, Elizaveta Arzamasova
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Finn preparing a work on the Russian hunting traditions and customs, comes to Russia to collect materials and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Stars: Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov, Sergey Russkin


Credited cast:
Bogdan Stupka ... Taras Bulba
Igor Petrenko Igor Petrenko ... Andriy Bulba
Vladimir Vdovichenkov ... Ostap Bulba
Magdalena Mielcarz ... Panna Elzhbeta
Mikhail Boyarskiy ... Cossack Moisei Shilo
Vladimir Ilin ... Kurennoy Ataman
Yury Belyayev ... Koshevoy Kirdaga (as Yuriy Belyaev)
Ada Rogovtseva ... Taras Bulba's wife
Boris Khmelnitskiy ... Beard
Daniel Olbrychski ... Krasnevsky
Sergey Bezrukov ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eduard Cenzor Eduard Cenzor ... Monk
Aleksandr Dedyushko Aleksandr Dedyushko
Sergey Dreyden ... Yankel - the Jew (as Sergey Dontsov)
Alim Kouliev ... Cossack Moisei Shilo (voice)


Set in the 16th century, this is a story about Ukraine's Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Action | Drama | History | War


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »



Russia | Ukraine | Poland


Russian | Ukrainian | Polish

Release Date:

2 April 2009 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Тарас Бульба See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (3 parts) (TV)



Aspect Ratio:

1.80 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


150 horses were used in the film. See more »


On two occasions, it is raining in spite of the day clearly being sunny. See more »


Spoofed in Samyy luchshiy film 3-DE (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nice try, but frankly, missed the mark for an epic
23 May 2009 | by manya7-2See all my reviews

Bortko set out to make an apparent epic here, but sadly, missed an opportunity to tell a great story. I researched Gogol before watching this film; the essence of the story is covered in the film's plot. What Gogol did NOT include was the Russian polemic which slaps you in the face at every turn in this film.

I agree with some of the other reviewers that casting and costuming were great! Fabulous actors, wonderful faces, but a sodden, leaden, boring script deprived them of a chance to display their true talent. Bogdan Stupka is always a pleasure to watch, and for a better version of these times, watch Hoffman's 1999 Polish epic "Ogniem i mieczem", in which Stupka plays Bogdan Khmelnitski.

The patriotic speeches, both in the sich and during the battle death scenes, slowed the movie to a dead crawl (no pun intended!) and greatly detracted from the film's impact. As others have noted, this is truly a Ukrainian story, not a Russian one. Ukraine was mentioned only twice in the movie (I counted). Endless speeches (particularly with a slit stomach) about the sacred Russian soil really have no place in a story about Polish/Ukrainian struggles, and only serve to underscore that the film's budget was heavily subsidized by the Russian government. At a time when the East and West need to work together to solve this world's problems, western xenophobia seems highly counterproductive. Such films only widen the divide and hurt us all as creatures of this planet.

One note about the score: nice idea again, but endlessly repetitious. I recognized in the main theme a variation of a famous Ukrainian carol "Novo radist stala", which I have sung many times, but it was extremely overdone. A little variation would have been nice. The repetitive score reminded me of another score for Bortko's "The Idiot", a wonderful Russian serial based on the Dostoevsky novel (2003). More endless repetition of the musical theme was the one negative in an otherwise flawless ensemble of actors and a compelling story.

In summary, this film was watchable but mostly boring. Some of the horrendously violent scenes made me cross myself. Not a total waste of two hours; however, it left me feeling that it could have been so much better with a little more effort and less propaganda.

20 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed