Taras Bulba (1962)

122 mins | Drama | 1962

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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Salta, Argentina. Avala Film is credited as a coproducer by British ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Salta, Argentina. Avala Film is credited as a coproducer by British sources. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's cost
Ladies' cost
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd mix
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Tech adv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Taras Bulba" by Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol in Mirgorod (Saint Petersburg, 1835).
SONGS
Selected songs, music by Franz Waxman, lyrics by Mack David.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1962
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 19 December 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Hecht-Curtleigh Productions
Copyright Date:
21 December 1962
Copyright Number:
LP23669
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color, print by DeLuxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
122
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After centuries of fighting for possession of the Ukraine, the Cossacks aid the Polish Army in 1550 by defeating the Turks and driving their soldiers over a steep cliff. Cossack leader Taras Bulba is invited to a Polish banquet celebrating the victory, but he and his men are betrayed by their hosts and forced to flee across the steppes. Later, Taras raises two sons, Andrei and Ostap, and eventually sends them to Kiev University to learn the ways of their enemies. The headstrong Andrei falls in love with Natalia, a young Polish noblewoman, but is considered unworthy of her because of his lowly birth. Driven back to his homeland after Natalia's brother dies in a fight with him and Ostap, Andrei finds that the Cossacks have amassed an army large enough to attack the Poles at Dubno. Taras and his men lay siege to the city, causing famine and pestilence, but Andrei sneaks inside the city walls when he learns that Natalia is trapped within. After he is captured trying to rescue her, Andrei agrees to raid the Cossack camp for food to prevent Natalia from being burned at the stake. Although Andrei succeeds in getting her to safety, he is shot down as a traitor by Taras; the Cossack leader is humbled, however, by the sight of Natalia weeping over his son's ... +


After centuries of fighting for possession of the Ukraine, the Cossacks aid the Polish Army in 1550 by defeating the Turks and driving their soldiers over a steep cliff. Cossack leader Taras Bulba is invited to a Polish banquet celebrating the victory, but he and his men are betrayed by their hosts and forced to flee across the steppes. Later, Taras raises two sons, Andrei and Ostap, and eventually sends them to Kiev University to learn the ways of their enemies. The headstrong Andrei falls in love with Natalia, a young Polish noblewoman, but is considered unworthy of her because of his lowly birth. Driven back to his homeland after Natalia's brother dies in a fight with him and Ostap, Andrei finds that the Cossacks have amassed an army large enough to attack the Poles at Dubno. Taras and his men lay siege to the city, causing famine and pestilence, but Andrei sneaks inside the city walls when he learns that Natalia is trapped within. After he is captured trying to rescue her, Andrei agrees to raid the Cossack camp for food to prevent Natalia from being burned at the stake. Although Andrei succeeds in getting her to safety, he is shot down as a traitor by Taras; the Cossack leader is humbled, however, by the sight of Natalia weeping over his son's body. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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