Tag Archives: Yul Brynner

Taras Bulba (1962) J. Lee Thompson, Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Christine Kaufmann, Adventure, Drama, History

Taras Bulba (1962)
A “Romeo and Juliet” story that takes place in the late 16c. Ukraine. Taras has settled into comfortable farm life after years of adventures and swashbuckling with his cossack companions. Though not wealthy, he is able to send his son Andrei away to a Polish school. At this time the Poles are overlords of Ukraine and the origin of the cossacks is struggle of the Ukrainian serfs to free themselves and their land of Polish domination. Toward this end Taras hopes that his son will be educated in the ways of the enemy. Instead, Andrei falls in love with the daughter of a Polish nobleman, setting the stage for a clash between love, family honor, and a struggle for national identity.

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Adios Sabata / Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di… (1970) Gianfranco Parolini, Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Ignazio Spalla, Action, War, Western

Adios Sabata (1970)
In Mexico, during the rule of the self-proclaimed Emperor of Mexico Maximillian (1864-1867), Mexican revolutionaries and Republican forces try to bring former Mexican President Benito Juárez back to power. The United States in neutral and is going through the pains of the American Civil War. Mexican guerrilla leader Señor Ocaño hires gunfighter Sabata to steal a wagon-load of gold from Emperor Maximillian’s Austrian and French forces. When Sabata and his friends, Escudo and Ballantine, finally get their hands on a wagon, they discover it’s full of sand rather than gold. They suspect that the gold was stolen by Austrian Colonel Skimmel. Therefore, Sabata and his partners set out to find the gold and give it to the Mexican revolutionaries.

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The King and I (1956) Walter Lang, Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Biography, Drama, Musical, Romance

The King and I (1956)
Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has been contracted to teach English to the children of the royal household. She threatens to leave when the house she had been promised is not available, but falls in love with the children. A new slave, a gift of a vassal king, translates “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” into a Siamese ballet. After expressing her unhappiness at being with the King, the slave decides to make an attempt to escape with her lover. Anna and the King start to fall in love, but her headstrong upbringing inhibits her from joining his harem. She is just about to leave Siam but something important she finds out makes her think about changing her mind.

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Villa Rides (1968) Buzz Kulik, Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Maria Grazia Buccella, War, Western

Villa Rides (1968)
Pulled into the Mexican Revolution by his own greed, Texas gunrunner & pilot Lee Arnold joins bandit-turned-patriot Pancho Villa & his band of dedicated men in a march across Mexico battling the Colorados & stealing women’s hearts as they go. But each has a nemesis among his friends: Arnold is tormented by Fierro, Villa’s right-hand-man; and Villa must face possible betrayal by his own president’s naiveté.

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Escape from Zahrain (1962) Ronald Neame, Yul Brynner, Sal Mineo, Jack Warden, Action, Adventure, Drama

Escape from Zahrain (Ronald Neame, 1962)
During the 1960s, in a fictitious strife-ridden Arab nation, captured revolutionary nationalist leader Sharif is being transported to a prison for execution.The police van transporting him to the prison is attacked by Sharif’s fanatical followers. Ahmed, the leader of the students’ revolt frees Sharif along with three other prisoners.Among them is Huston, an American who has embezzled money from the Zahrain Oil Company.The fugitives capture an ambulance and its nurse, Laila.They flee from the city toward the border but during their trek across the desert, the convict Hassan is killed in a police ambush.A romance starts between Ahmed, the student leader and Laila, the ambulance nurse.Unfortunately, Ahmed is later killed by a government strafing fighter plane.Later, Tahar, another convict, is also killed.The three lone survivors are Laila, Sharif and Huston. Will they reach their destination?

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