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½ May 19, 2016
Taras Bulba is a decent film. It is about Taras who has settled into comfortable farm life after years of adventures and swashbuckling with his cossack companions. Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. J. Lee Thompson did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the adventure and drama.
September 20, 2015
This was the classic movie of my childhood which I have watched over and over and never tire of watching. Yul Brynner was a true star in every sense of the word.
July 27, 2014
wohoo this Austrian lady was really pretty, no wonder Tony Curtis fall for real for her
½ April 5, 2013
When it first came out, this movie stirred all kinds of interest in the ethnic community I grew up in. Though widely seen as a mere "Hollywood" version of its classic source material, it thrilled this 11-year-old (at the time) no end. The sight of the charging horsemen, their swords spinning and flashing in the sunlight, to the strains of Franz Waxman's exciting score (which 'borrowed' liberally from Khatchaturian's "Sabre Dance") sticks with me to this day. Taras Bulba was the role Yul Brynner was born to play, even more so than the King in the King And I. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Tony Curtis, as his son, Andrei. Curtis was simply too old and too urban with his 'Noo Yawk' accent to be very believable, but he tried hard, and he really did fall in love with his female co-star, who he soon married. Christine Kaufman, who was a teenager at the time, was not much of an actress, but she had a lovely, delicate beauty about her. The supporting cast of Guy Rolfe, Sam Wanamaker, and a slew of familiar character actors of the times, conveyed absolutely no sense of historical or ethnic verisimilitude, but plenty of Hollywood style villainy and/or camaraderie, as required. It may not be a forgotten classic, but TARAS BULBA is an adventure epic worth seeing at least once. They don't make them like this anymore.
March 15, 2013
Lively historical epic, slightly undone by a soppy romantic subplot--Cossacks vs Poles!!
½ March 10, 2013
Directed by J. Lee Thompson (Ice Cold In Alex (1958), The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Cape Fear (1962)), this was an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's 1832 short novel. Filmed around the world with a big cast, it was marketed as the next Spartacus. It has dated a bit, and there is a lot of overacting on display, but Thompson manages to stage some brilliant action sequences in the film, even if they're not kind to animals. The Turks and the Poles have been fighting in Eastern Europe, but the Cossacks, led by Taras Bulba (Yul Brynner) comes in to help the Poles, only for the Pole's to double cross the Cossacks, with the Pole's becoming the leads of Ukraine. Bulba returns to his family home to start a family with his wife Sofia (Ilka Windish), and he raises two sons. Andrei (Tony Curtis) and Ostap (Perry Lopez). Andrei and Ostap go to Kiev to get an education, but after Andrei romances Polish Princess Natalia Dubrov (Christine Kaufmann), he and Ostap are hounded out of town, back home. The sons and Taras plan to lead the Cossacks to fight back against the Poles. It is a bit overblown, but there is some well staged action sequences in the film, but it wasn't easy, filmed in the northern wilderness of Argentina, and the film's post-production was rushed. But despite that, it's entertaining and watchable for the most part.
½ November 18, 2012
horrible title on this action adventure yawn
June 11, 2012
Starring Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner. Need I say more?
May 13, 2012
Yul Brynner is awesome and chews up the scenery good as the lead character- a proud and die-hard Cossack who gets into it with his oldest son (a slightly out of place Tony Curtis) when he falls in love with a Polish woman- an enemy of the Cossack's. The direction is pretty sharp and never slow, and the music is just terrific- it's an epic without an excessive running time. The costumes are cool, and the battle scenes (for the time AND in general) arepretty cool and well done. The films is a little flawed, but still worth checking out.
January 22, 2012
First rate adventure film with stellar performance by Yul Brynner and a majestic score by Franz Waxman.
½ December 24, 2011
Flawed epic set in the 16th Century
Super Reviewer
September 18, 2011
This is a favorite of someone whose opinion I respect. I gotta see it!
July 15, 2011
Epic Cossack battles with Yul Brenner and Tony Curtis. Lots of dancing and drinking though. Very slow in places, but a favourite from when i was young.
October 20, 2010
unwatchable theatrics, ridiculous battle scenes
May 1, 2010
Yul Brynner is awesome and chews up the scenery good as the lead character- a proud and die-hard Cossack who gets into it with his oldest son (a slightly out of place Tony Curtis) when he falls in love with a Polish woman- an enemy of the Cossack's. The direction is pretty sharp and never slow, and the music is just terrific- it's an epic without an excessive running time. The costumes are cool, and the battle scenes (for the time AND in general) arepretty cool and well done. The films is a little flawed, but still worth checking out.
February 22, 2010
A movie epic on all proportions, although the plot gets a little repetitive with the 'drink, party with women, do something badass, repeat' cycle, its impossible to not percieve the epicness of the whole experience
January 6, 2010
I caught bits and pieces of this movie one day on Turner Classics movies, I was bored out of my mind. How did such big stars agree to do this film? it's outdated and Yul Brenner and Tony Curtis play father and son, they look nothing alike, and have no chemistry. 2/10
cosmo313
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2010
Taras Bulba may deviate from the source material, and it may be Romeo and Juliet-esque, but it's more of an adventure movie than a romance. Yeah, there is romance, but guys can watch this and not feel emasculated. Yul Brynner is awesome and chews up the scenery good as the lead character- a proud and die-hard Cossack who gets into it with his oldest son (a slightly out of place Tony Curtis) when he falls in love with a Polish woman- an enemy of the Cossack's. The direction is pretty sharp and never slow, and the music is just terrific- it's an epic without an excessive running time. The costumes are cool, and the battle scenes (for the time AND in general) arepretty cool and well done. The films is a little flawed, but still worth checking out.
½ December 13, 2009
Tony Curtis is all wrong for the role of Andrei .. but who cares .. there is YUL Brynner in the movie .. and that makes up for all the flaws :)
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