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Writers:
John Twist (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
26 January 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Its towering wonders span the age of titans!
Plot:
The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Why don't they read the Illiad? See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Rossana Podestà ... Helen (as Rossana Podesta)
Jacques Sernas ... Paris (as Jack Sernas)

Cedric Hardwicke ... Priam (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Stanley Baker ... Achilles
Niall MacGinnis ... Menelaus
Nora Swinburne ... Hecuba
Robert Douglas ... Agamemnon
Torin Thatcher ... Ulysses

Harry Andrews ... Hector
Janette Scott ... Cassandra
Ronald Lewis ... Aeneas

Brigitte Bardot ... Andraste
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Andros

Marc Lawrence ... Diomedes
Maxwell Reed ... Ajax

Robert Brown ... Polydorus
Barbara Cavan ... Cora
Terence Longdon ... Patroclus
Patricia Marmont ... Andromache
Guido Notari ... Nestor
Tonio Selwart ... Alpheus

George Zoritch ... Dancer

Esmond Knight ... High Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Colson ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Peter Damon ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Cristina Fantoni ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Riccardo Garrone ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Tojan Soldier (uncredited)
Remington Olmsted ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Tessa Prendergast ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Leda Roffi ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Walter Scherer ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Dean Severence ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Maria Zanoli ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
John Twist (screenplay) and
Hugh Gray (screenplay)

Hugh Gray (adaptation) and
N. Richard Nash (adaptation)

Homer  epic poem "The Iliad" (uncredited)

Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
 
Casting by
Robert Lennard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Edward Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
Elso Valentini (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Roger K. Furse (costumes designed by) (as Roger Furse)
 
Makeup Department
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist
Alfred Scott .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Giuseppe De Blasio .... production manager (as Giuseppi De Blasio)
Maurizio Lodi-Fè .... production manager (as Maurizo Lodi-Fe)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Sergio Leone .... second unit director (uncredited)
Frank Mattison .... assistant director (uncredited)
Raoul Walsh .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ken Adam .... assistant art director
Maurice Zuberano .... continuity sketches
John More .... prop master (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Vittorio Valentini .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound (as Charles B. Lang)
Paul Reuting .... sound (uncredited)
Ed Scheid .... sound (uncredited)
Finn Ulback .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Louis Lichtenfield .... photographic special effects
Joseph Nathanson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Paddy Ryan .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
Nazzareno Zamperla .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Amerigo Gengarelli .... second unit photographer
Sidney Hickox .... second unit photographer (as Sid Hickox)
Fred Mandl .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Madi Obolensky .... bacchanal choreography
Esmond Knight .... english dialect coach: Jacques Sernas (uncredited)
Harriet Medin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Edmund Purdom .... english-language voice: Jacques Sernas (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.- First National Picture)
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  • Lux Film  Rossana Podesta by courtesy of

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Runtime:
Germany:111 min (theatrical version) | Germany:116 min (with overture and exit music) | USA:118 min | UK:116 min (uncut) | UK:114 min (cut)
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Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints) | Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (certificate #16968) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Eileen Moore and Anne Gunning were screen-tested for Helen.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Priam:[on seeing the Greek naval fleet approaching] The face that launched a thousand ships!See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Jason and the Argonauts (1963)See more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Why don't they read the Illiad?, 9 March 2004
Author: treagan-2 from San Francisco

HELEN OF TROY is a very respectable Hollywood sword and sandal effort from the 1950s, with a strong international cast and very good production values. Except ...

Why does every popular culture effort at retelling the Trojan War myth have to make Paris the hero? In the Illiad, by far the most significant and authoritative source of the story, at best shows Paris to be an ambiguous figure--the best looking man of his generation, but often a coward in battle. Helen expresses extraordinary contempt for him in one extended passage. In one or two brief sequences, Paris fights valiantly, but in his major appearance, his winner-take-all-and-Helen duel with Menaleus, after bragging and crowing about his prowess, he completely wimps out in the battle, and, once defeated, is transported by Aphrodite back to Troy to hide in his bedroom.

HELEN OF TROY is not the only effort to mis-read the Illiad into a Paris-and-Helen "runaway" love story. Perhaps in writing a commercial screenplay, that's what any writer would be forced to do. But that doesn't speak well for our popular culture, one that can't sustain the ambiguity and complexity of another culture--of 2700 years ago!

Still, the movie has its strong parts, particularly Stanley Baker as Achilles. Watch for Brigitte Bardot in an early, pre-star role as Helen's handmaiden.

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