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.