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Ulysses (1954)

Ulisse (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | October 1955 (USA)
A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

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Daniel Ivernel ...
Euriloco
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Elena Zareschi ...
Cassandra
Evi Maltagliati ...
Ludmilla Dudarova ...
Arete
Tania Weber ...
Eucalicanto
Piero Lulli ...
Achille
Ferruccio Stagni ...
Alessandro Fersen ...
Diomede (as Alessandro Ferzen)
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In the ancient Greek city of Ithaca, many impatiently await the return of their king Ulysses and his warriors from the Trojan War. Among these, Ulysses' devoted wife Penelope and his grown son Telemachus. But Ulysses' return is not eagerly awaited by everyone, especially by his enemies. They openly court Penelope and ask her to give her husband up for dead and re-marry one of the rowdy suitors who have taken up residence in her home since her husband's departure. However, Penelope clings to her belief that Ulysses will soon return. To appease the aggressive suitors, Penelope promises that she would re-marry as soon as she finishes weaving a large tapestry depicting Ulysses' deeds of bravery. In secret, she's unraveling the day's weaving, thus delaying the tapestry's completion. Penelope knows that her trick won't work forever. In Troy, Ulysses and his warriors use the Trojan Horse ruse to conquer the city. In his fervor, Ulysses destroys the Trojans' temple to Neptune, god of the sea,... Written by nufs68

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PACKED WITH FURY...EXCITEMENT...CUNNING...AND TEMPESTUOUS LOVE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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October 1955 (USA)  »

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Odyssey  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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The film was released in both Italian and English language versions.Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn dubbed their own voices for the English language version. See more »

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When Ulysses and his men crush the grapes to make wine for Poliphemus, Ulysses gives the juice directly to him. It hasn't had time to ferment. So, Poliphemus is getting drunk from just grape juice. See more »

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Kirk Douglas at his best
24 December 1999 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was seven,(1962), I was an epic then and will remain an epic thru eternity. Good strong Italian cast, camera angles and cinematography were cutting edge for that time,(52),Ulysses,(Kirk Douglas), has been away from home on a quest of war and exploration for ten years, and his wife fears he has died in the wars, with her heart broken and her friends and family giving advice to move on with her life, plus the towns political figures trying to pursue her "late" husbands fortune in the guise of suitors, Ulysses wife devises a contest, with the winner taking all including her hand in marriage. All one must do is string Ulysses bow and shoot an arrow thru a multitude of axe heads eyes to meet it's destination at a bullseye at the other end, (without touching the eyelets of the axe handles). What happens at the event is a climax worth waiting for, for thirty-eight years, as that's how long I've waited for it to be released on video/DVD. Release date: 1/1/2000. I rate it a ten!


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