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Helen of Troy (1956)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  26 January 1956 (USA)
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The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rossana Podestà ...
Helen (as Rossana Podesta)
Jacques Sernas ...
Paris (as Jack Sernas)
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Priam (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Niall MacGinnis ...
Nora Swinburne ...
Robert Douglas ...
Torin Thatcher ...
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Janette Scott ...
Ronald Lewis ...
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Andraste
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Andros
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Maxwell Reed ...
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Storyline

Prince Paris of Troy, shipwrecked on a mission to the king of Sparta, meets and falls for Queen Helen before he knows who she is. Rudely received by the royal Greeks, he must flee...but fate and their mutual passions lead him to take Helen along. This gives the Greeks just the excuse they need for much-desired war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships! See more »


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26 January 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die schöne Helena  »

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(theatrical) | (with overture and exit music) | (uncut) | (cut)

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(RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Yvonne Furneaux was suggested for Andraste. See more »

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When examining the wooden horse, Ulysses tells his friend that the Trojans will give thanks to Athena for their victory. The friend replies, "And to Bacchus, the god of grapes." Bacchus was the Roman god of wine, not Greek. The correct Greek equivalent was Dionysus. Throughout the rest of the film, the characters call the gods by their correct Greek names (Athena, Zeus etc.) See more »

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Helen: [seeing the Trojan horse] Beware Greeks bearing gifts.
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Version of The Time Tunnel: Revenge of the Gods (1966) See more »

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Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts
4 October 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While the greedy Greeks plot to invade Troy to steal the treasures of the Trojans, Prince Paris (Jack Sernas) is assigned by his wise father and King of Troy to travel to Sparta and shows the peaceful intentions of his people. Along his journey, he falls off in the sea during a storm and is rescued on the shore by the Queen of Sparta Helen (Rossana Podestà). When he recovers, he believes that she is a slave and they fall in love for each other. When he arrives in the Spartan palace, he is arrested by King Menelaus (Niall MacGinnis) in his quarters but Helen helps him to escape. They travel together to Troy and give the excuse the Greeks need to start the war and put Troy under siege for years. The Greeks are unsuccessful in their intents, until they listen to the cunning Ulysses (Torin Thatcher) that decide s to withdraw the one thousand Greek ships from the Trojan waters and offer a wooden Horse of Troy as a gift to the winners.

The underrated "Helen of Troy" is an engaging romantic adventure with a wonderful version of Homer's epic poem "The Iliad". The beauty of the Lybian Rossana Podestà compared to Aphrodite gives credibility to the passionate love of Paris. The grandiosity of scenarios and cast that includes a brunette Brigitte Bardot and the magnificent direction of Robert Wise make this feature a must-see. I do not understand the unfair bad reviews of this great epic. Just as a curiosity, the episode "Revenge of the Gods" of "The Time Tunnel" uses uncredited footages of this feature. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Helena de Tróia" ("Helen of Troy")


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