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In the 16th-century Ukraine, the Polish overlords and Ukrainian cossacks fight for control of the land but frequent Turkish invasions force them to unite against the common Turkish foe.
According to director J. Lee Thompson, in an interview in Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King (1995), there was a misunderstanding with the hundreds of Argentine gauchos playing horsemen . They were told that horsemen who fell off their horse during an attack scene would be paid extra--but only those who were directed to do so. When the scene was shot, two-thirds of them fell off their horses and expected the extra pay. Upon being told they were not going to be paid extra, they threatened to strike. Yul Brynner then took steak dinners out to their encampment that evening and spent hours entertaining them. Impressed by this, the gauchos returned to work the next day.
Never set foot under a Polish roof... not even a tent!
Artillery are seen to be firing explosive shells. Shells did not come into common use until the late 18th Century whereas the film is set in the 17th Century. Artillery in the this period would have been firing solid cannon balls into masses of troops.
Thanks to the army of the Argentine Republic.
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