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Director:
Writers:
John Twist (screenplay) and
Hugh Gray (screenplay) ...
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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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One of the greatest epics ever made! 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)
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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)
DistributorsOther Companies
  • 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)

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Trivia:
Yvonne Furneaux was suggested for Andraste.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Greeks are first shown marching to attack Troy, the shot appears to be flopped since all the Greek soldiers appear to be left handed. They carry their spears with their left hands, and their shields in their right.See more »
Quotes:
Paris:Make me immortal with a kiss!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Treasure of Gold (2012)See more »

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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest epics ever made!, 5 October 2001
Author: Benoît A. Racine (benoit-3) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Basically, this movie is criticized because, being one of the very first big international co-productions, its main players were Euro celebrities who never caught on in the US, and because Jacques Sernas' and Rossana Podesta's voices were voiced-over. That is a pretty shallow approach to movie criticism. This film is well-scripted (it's based on Homer and neither substracts nor adds to his basic plot - except for the Gods, which are mentioned but never seen, which makes it a modern secular version of the Iliad), well-acted by some very impressive British actors, superbly constructed (art direction, photography, costumes, period research, choreography) and creates a lasting impression. I own it on laser disc and just had to buy a widescreen TV with home theatre sound to do it justice. I can watch this movie as often as I crave substantial food, which is very often. Robert Wise, besides being the director of The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story and The Sound of Music started his career as the editor of Citizen Kane and it is his input in the editing (vibrant, energetic, kinetic, masculine) that makes this movie a real winner and actually brings life to the giant vistas of this classic and tragic fairy tale/war movie/love story. Max Steiner's beautiful score adds several other dimensions to this masterpiece and its interplay with the editing is always fascinating to watch. The general impression is a beautiful dream of the paintings on a Greek urn coming to magical, inspiring, colourful life. It is also fascinating to watch how the fight scenes were a sort of preliminary study to the ones in West Side Story, which is basically on the same subject. I had better stop while I'm ahead. One word of advice: Don't believe the nay-sayers (i.e. Leonard Maltin) until you have experienced it for yourself in all its CinemaScope, Warnercolor and Stereophonic glory. A must-have at any price and already overdue on DVD.

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