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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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Here's the sin that inspired time's greatest treachery! See more (43 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:
The studio badly wanted Stanley Baker to be in this film and they didn't care which part.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:
Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) (V)See more »

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32 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Here's the sin that inspired time's greatest treachery!, 6 February 2000

Of all the great stories handed down through the ages, few can equal Homer's Iliad - a towering epic of warrior heroes, squabbling gods, and anger that destroyed nations...

This is the source for Robert Wise's film... All the elements of a magnificent spectacle exist in Homer's work - a lavish and decadent court life, the tension of the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon, the most beautiful woman in Greece, and a drama of love and seduction...

Thousands of weapons are used: spears, bows, arrows, body armor, helmets, shields, maces and ships of the period l200 B.C., plus a tremendous wooden horse...

Paris, on a diplomatic mission to Sparta to arrange peaceful trade, is washed up on the Spartan shore after being shipwrecked during a storm... He is helped by the lovely Helen who claims to be a handmaiden to the queen... She takes her leave, directing him to the court of King Menelaus... Paris is greeted and honored in a 'cesti' combat with Ajax... Secretly, however, Menelaus plots to kill his guest...

Helen warns Paris of the danger to his life and urges him to run away... Herself in danger for revealing the plot, she succumbs to Paris' pleadings to flee with him... The lovers make their way to Troy...

From that point the spectacular elements - the massing of the ships and men, and the battles outside the walls of Troy, take over...

Rossana Podesta - a natural brunette given a blonde wig and the classical Grecian look - plays Helen, the indirect cause of the Trojan War, but for Paris, she is the goddess of love and beauty, "Aphrodite."

Jacques Sernas plays Paris... His seduction of Helen and refusal to return her, started the Trojan War...

Robert Douglas is Agamemnon, the commander in chief of the Greek forces... He calls on the kings and princes to unite in a war of revenge against the Trojans... He was a very ambitious man, dreaming of Troy's treasures...

Stanley Baker is Achilles, the unbeatable warrior, the greatest and most tragic of the Greek heroes...

Harry Andrews is Hector, the eldest son of king Priam, and the husband of Andromache... He is the chief warrior of the Trojan army...

Niall MacGinnis is the furious Menelaus, King of Sparta, who calls on his brother Agamemnon to gather an army and avenge the mark of shame...

Torin Thatcher is Ulysses, king of Ithaca, the man of outstanding wisdom...

Sir Cedric Hardwicke is the powerless but kindly King of Troy...

Janette Scott is Cassandra, daughter of Priam, loved by the goddess Athena... With a great spirit of prophecy she warns her father to burn the wooden horse...

Robert Wise makes a brave attempt to marry the intimate with the spectacular - a difficult task - but "Helen of Troy" is an epic movie, a superior entertainment filmed in CinemaScope and Technicolor..

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