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Ulysses (1954)

Ulisse (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy, History | 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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Antinoos
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Alicinous
Daniel Ivernel ...
Eurylochus
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Eurycleia
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Telemachus
Elena Zareschi ...
Cassandra
Evi Maltagliati ...
Ulysses' Mother
Ludmilla Dudarova ...
Arete
Tania Weber ...
Leucantes
Piero Lulli ...
Achilles
Ferruccio Stagni ...
Mentor
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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...Actually filmed along the route Ulysses followed! See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Seven Arts Pictures re-issued the film on March 30th, 1966. See more »

Goofs

Ulysses, being Greek, would have referred to the god of the sea as Poseidon, not Neptune. Neptune was the Roman name for the god of the sea. (Anyway, Ulysses itself is the Roman name of Odysseus.) See more »

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Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Kirk Douglas larger-than-life and the beauteous Silvana Mangano
19 August 2015 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

In this fantasy-adventure based on Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, Kirk Douglas is larger than life in the title role and Silvana Mangano is spellbindingly beautiful in the dual role of Penelope/Circe. Most importantly, the story & script are compelling. The Cyclops sequence is a highlight and the F/X are surprisingly good for 1954. Moreover, the climax when Ulysses is revealed after posing as a beggar is dynamic. Sometimes it's necessary to temporarily kowtow to the arrogant in order to assess the situation and bide your time for an effective strike.

In my humble opinion this version is better than the 1997 rendition with Armand Assante, "The Odyssey," because it's more streamlined, lacks the eye-rolling manifestations of the gods and it's hard to beat Douglas' imposing portrayal. However, "The Odyssey" is still worth checking out since the effects are more modern and there are some quality cast members and effective sequences, particularly the crew's horrific confrontation with the three-headed monster, Scylla, and the entire final act.

The movie runs 117 minutes and was shot in Italy, the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa.

GRADE: A


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