Taras Bulba

Taras Bulba

Director: J. Lee Thompson Cast: Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Christine Kaufmann

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The spectacular hordes of Cossack horsemen flying across the steppes to do battle with first one enemy and then another are the highlights of this otherwise thinly scripted costume drama set in the 16th century in the Ukraine. After the Cossack leader Taras Bulba (Yul Brynner) makes a pact with the Poles to join forces against the Turks and drive them from the European steppes, victory brings betrayal as the Poles then turn on their ally and force the Cossacks into the hills. From there, Taras Bulba decides that one of his sons, Andrei (Tony Curtis), will be sent to Polish schools to better learn the nature of their enemy. While away from home and hearth, the adult Andrei falls in love with a Polish noblewoman, Natalia (Christine Kaufmann, who would become the second Mrs. Curtis). As time progresses, the tensions between father and son, loyalty and love, ethnic identity and assimilation steadily increase until they end in tragedy. Taras Bulba was nominated for a 1963 Academy Award for "Best Music," scored by Franz Waxman.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
UPC: 0738329139322
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 9,634

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Sophia Bulba
Vladimir Sokoloff Old Stepan
Daniel Ocko Ivan Mykola
Abraham Sofaer Abbot
Mickey Finn Korzh
Richard Rust Capt. Alex
Ron Weyand Tymoshevsky
Chuck Hayward Dolotov
Syl Lamont Kimon Kandor
Ellen Davalos Zina
Jack Raine Mayor
Vladimir Irman Grisha Kubenko

Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
William F. Calvert Set Decoration/Design
Edward Carrere Art Director
Harold Hecht Producer
Norma Koch Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Frank McCoy Makeup
Gene Milford Editor
William H. Reynolds Editor
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Edna Warren Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Alexander Whitelaw Associate Producer
Barney Wolff Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Taras Bulba
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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Taras Bulba 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
joet37382013 More than 1 year ago
Best MGM Adventure Movie 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great adventure film with romance and exciting battle scenes. It is worth watching for entertainment value. Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis are at their best in this film.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
"Taras Bulba" is one of those unfortunate expensive Hollywood actioners that is best represented by thousand of extras gathering on a field in brand-spanking-new period costumes (the ancient world must have been spectacular in it's dry cleaning capabilities) and waving scimitars in the air to simulate combat but without ever contacting an enemy sword. Remember boys, the costumes are rentals. Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis play father and son which should clue you in to the attention to detail. Based upon a story by the Russian author Gogol, one can only excuse the cardboard shoddiness of this enterprise by assuming that since it was produced at the height of the Cold War, it was a deliberate thumb-nosing at the Soviets. Somehow in the middle of all of this (incredibly, director J. Lee Thompson went on to make the shattering thriller "Cape Fear") lies one of the most beautiful scores ever written for an epic by the very fine Franz Waxman. Best recommendation: put on the movie, close your eyes, let the music wash over you and imagine a much better film.