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With Fire and Sword (1999)

Ogniem i mieczem (original title)
An epic story about the Ukrainian uprising against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth magnates in the 17th Century.

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Jerzy Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Izabella Scorupco ... Helena Kurcewiczówna
Michal Zebrowski ... Pan Yan
Aleksandr Domogarov ... Jurko Bohun
Krzysztof Kowalewski ... John Humphrey Zagloba
Bogdan Stupka ... Bohdan Chmielnicki
Andrzej Seweryn ... Jeremi Michal Wisniowiecki
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... George Michael Michael
Wiktor Zborowski ... Longinus Podbipieta
Wojciech Malajkat ... Rzedziany
Ewa Wisniewska ... Kurcewiczowa
Ruslana Pysanka ... Horpyna
Daniel Olbrychski ... Tugai Bey
Marek Kondrat ... Jan II Kazimierz
Gustaw Holoubek ... Senator Kisiel
Andrzej Kopiczynski ... Zatsvilikhovski
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Storyline

In 1648 a Cossack rebellion in the Ukraine threatens the sovereignty of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth over the Cossack nation. The Cossack rebellion also known as the Khmelnytsky Uprising is pitting the Cossack nation and its Crimean Tatar allies against the forces sent by the Polish king John II Casimir. Polish Colonel Michal Wolodyjowski is leading a squadron of Polish cavalry.Traitors,assassins and spies are everywhere. Against the backdrop of the uprising, a Polish knight Skrzetuski and a Cossack leader Bohun fall in love with the same young beautiful woman, Helena. Their rivalry becomes the symbol of Polish-Ukrainian struggle. Written by nufs68

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Based on a novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | Tatar | Ukrainian | Turkish

Release Date:

8 February 1999 (Poland) See more »

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Budget:

PLN24,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (4 episodes) (TV)

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Mono | Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Jurko Bohun was first offered to Boguslaw Linda. The actor had to turn it down as he was then starring in 'Pan Tadeusz (1999)'. See more »

Goofs

A traditional Polish-Ukrainian song Hej sokoly is sung in the movie. This is an anachronism as the action of the movie takes place in 1648 and the song was composed in the 19th century. See more »

Alternate Versions

On April 14 2001 the first channel of Polish public television aired the first part of the television version of the movie. The television version is almost 30 minutes longer than the version previously shown in the cinemas and contains of four episodes. It includes some scenes that were deleted from the theatrical edition, e.g. scenes with Krystyna Feldman and Agnieszka Krukówna playing Ukrainian women or Magdalena Warzecha playing Gryzelda Wisniowiecka. See more »

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Follows Colonel Wolodyjowski (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Dumka na dwa serca
Lyrics by Jacek Cygan
Music by Krzesimir Debski
Performed by Edyta Górniak & Mietek Szczesniak
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great movie of great director
17 December 1999 | by rose-92See all my reviews

Everyone in Poland have been waiting for this movie for a long, long time. Some of us even twenty years. But these ones who have watched other parts of the Trilogy now are not disappointed (maybe not everyone but the most). Jerzy Hoffman made a really great movie. I agree that not every actress(read: Izabella Skorupka-this is her Polish name) was good in her role but thanks God we wouldn't have to watch many scenes with her. Of course we can forgive this to mister Hoffman. Everyone can make a mistake. But if we look at this work of art from the other side we can see many fantastic Polish actors like: Daniel Olbrychski(who played in every part of the Trilogy), Michal Zebrowski, Krzysztof Kowalewski or Andrzej Seweryn. They are really great in their roles. They are vivid and credible. I have to say that I cried watching this movie. There were two scenes at which my handkerchief was wet. First: when they found Skrzetuski crying in the village and second it was almost the last scene: when Jan finds out that Helena is alive. But one there is one thing which I hate in Hoffman's movies: his no-limits cruelty (for example in the movie "Pan Michael" he had drowned an alive horse in the stream). He loves to watch the viewers human's and animal's pain and suffering. I know this is in every Sienkiewicz's book but I just cannot accept it.I must confess that I haven't read any Sienkiewicz's book. At the cinema I can close my eyes and only listen but if I closed my eyes while reading a book I wouldn't find out what had happen. I know that many of you won't agree with my opinions(for example about Scorupco) but this is my point of view and everyone has free will and everyone can say how he looks on some things. PS. I have been learning English for 1,5 year so there can be a lot of mistakes-forgive me this.


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