Taras Bulba

Synopsis: Set in the 16th century, this is a story about Ukraine's Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Vladimir Bortko
Production: Entertainment One
  4 wins & 3 nominations.
129 min




This picture was produced with the support of

the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation

Before the battle, I want to tell you,

friends, about our comradeship.

There are comrades everywhere,

in other countries,

but comrades such as in Russia,

there are none, nowhere.

Loving like the Russian soul, not through reason,

but through what God has given us, and which is in us,

loving like that, nobody can.

I know, there are infamous

bastards on our soil.

All they think about is stacking up grain, hay

and raising herds of horses.

They bring along, the Devil knows

which kinds of barbarian customs.

They despise their own language.

They even refuse to speak it among themselves.

They sell their offspring like

goods on the cattle market !

And the favour of a foreign king,

who is not even a king but a Polish tycoon,

whose yellow boots are crushing their own faces,

matters more to them than any kind of fellowship !

But even in the lowest of bastards, whoever he may be,

brothers, there lies a bit of the Russian soul,

when he wakes up someday, hits the ground

with his fists, takes his head in his hands...

curses aloud his despicable life, ready to redeem himself

and to endure torments to atone for his shame.

Let thel all know what

comradeship means on Russian soil.

And if it comes down to that, if we have to die,

none of them will ever avoid the same death.

None !

None !

They don't have the balls,

it's in their nature.

Attack !

Bogdan Stupka

Based on the novel by




Igor Petrenko

Vladimir Vdovitchenkov

Original Music

Igor Kornelyuk


Dimitri Mass

Executive Producer

Alexander Potemkin


Anton Znatopolskiy

Ruben Dishdishyan

Directed by

Vladimir Bortko


How was the journey ?


Turn around, son !

Turn around !

It's funny, what you're wearing.

It looks like a pope's cassock, uh !

Such long dresses !

And if I push one of you,

will I see him tumble to the ground,

entangled in the folds ?

Don't laugh at us, father.

Ooh ! He's so cute !

Ha !

Why don't you laugh ?

Although you're my father, if you laugh,

I guarantee you, I will hit you.

What ? Your father ?!

Even though you're my father.

If I get offended, I do not

consider or respect any man.

And how can you fight ?

With your fists ?

Ha ?

So be it.

All right, come on.

Come on !

Come with your fists.

Come on !

Good, son.

Well done, sonny.

Frankly, that's good.

Have you gone crazy, old fart !

The children are back.

One long year without seeing them,

and all he thinks of, is boxing them !

But he was the one wanted to fight !

And not so bad, honestly.

He'll make a good Cossack !

Welcome, my son !

Shall we hug ?

Good, my son.

Always hit the way you hit me.

Don't fear anyone.

And you, snot-nose, what are you

doing there, swinging your arms ?

Why, unworthy son,

won't you come and hug me ?

Such a foolish idea to have

your kids fighting their own father !

Yeah...and I hear this

coming from a highbrow !

Don't listen to your mother, my son.

She's a woman, and knows nothing.

Who's your family ?

Your future, is these plains,

and a good horse.

That...is your family.

Do you see this sword ?

That...is your mother.

I'm sending you off to

Zaporozhye next week.

That is where knowledge can be found.

There only, spirits are being shaped.

Only there.

I'm afraid, my sons, that the Archimandrite

has not passed the taste for vodka to you.

Why not concede, my sons,

that you have been

whipped with birch sticks, on the back,

and on any other place

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Vladimir Bortko

Vladimir Vladimirovich Bortko PAR (Russian: Владимир Владимирович Бортко; born May 7, 1946 in Moscow), is a Russian film director, screenwriter and producer. more…

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