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Taras Bulba Details

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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. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:December 19, 1962

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Franz Waxman Best Original Score 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Franz Waxman Best Original Score 1962 Nominee

Cast

Tony Curtis
as Andrei Bulba
Yul Brynner
as Taras Bulba
Christine Kaufmann
as Natalia Dubrov
Sam Wanamaker
as Filipenko
Brad Dexter
as Shilo
Guy Rolfe
as Prince Grigory
Perry Lopez
as Ostap Bulba
George Macready
as Governor
Ilka Windish
as Sophia Bulba
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Old Stepan
Daniel Ocko
as Ivan Mykola
Abraham Sofaer
as Abbot
Richard Rust
as Capt. Alex
Ron Weyand
as Tymoshevsky
Syl Lamont
as Kimon Kandor
Ellen Davalos
as Zina
Jack Raine
as Mayor
Vladimir Irman
as Grisha Kubenko

Crew

J. Lee Thompson
Director
Harold Hecht
Producer
Karl Tunberg
Screenwriter
Waldo Salt
Screenwriter
Joe MacDonald
Cinematographer
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Folmar Blangsted
Editor
Edward Carrere
Art Director
Alexander Whitelaw
Associate Producer
Norma Koch
Costume Designer
Barney Wolff
Special Effects
Frank McCoy
Makeup
Emile LaVigne
Makeup
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