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Helen of Troy -- Robert Wise directed this thrilling historical saga of the immortal love story of Helen and Paris -- a romance that rocked the ancient world and started the Trojan War.
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Release Date:
26 January 1956 (USA) See more »
Its Tumultous Story Has Lived For Thirty Centuries! See more »
The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Warnercolor - NOT Technicolor See more (45 total) »


  (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)
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

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Germany:111 min (theatrical version) | Germany:116 min (with overture and exit music) | USA:118 min | UK:116 min (uncut) | UK:114 min (cut)
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)
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?

Harry Andrews nearly lost his part in this film when his previous film, The Man Who Loved Redheads (1955) went over scheduled filming duration.See more »
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 »
Paris:Make me immortal with a kiss!See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Jason and the Argonauts (1963)See more »


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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Warnercolor - NOT Technicolor, 29 April 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

Come on, IMDb'ers! Get your stuff right. Warner Brothers was the studio and they usually forced their producer/directors around this period to use their own proprietary single-strip color process, rather than Technicolor, which by 1956 had already abandoned its own more expensive to use and cumbersome to handle three-strip process. Somehow Robert Wise and his technicians managed to get more variety and warmer tones while using Warnercolor in this film than what was usually achieved stateside on W.B.'s Burbank sound stages and on various U.S. locations. Maybe it was, as Franco Zeffirelli is fond of calling it, "the golden-ah light" of Italy. Anyway this film is quite an eye-filling visual achievement. And Max Steiner's score is one of his better ones, pumping up the spectacle aspect quite effectively.

A couple of trivia notes: The Walls of Troy set accidentally caught fire before the company was finished with it, but Wise and his technicians were on the spot and managed to get some usable footage out of that disaster. (I don't know if they had to reconstruct it or rewrite some scenes that were originally supposed to have taken place on its ramparts.) And TIME magazine in its review complained that Signorina Podesta's vaccination scar (and I think that of Monsieur Sernas as well) is clearly visible in a love scene. Without computers to fix such gaffes back then, and probably not noticing that little "oops!" until examining footage in a U.S. screening room when the company returned home for editing, the studio probably figured they'd just let it pass. But forty-foot wide CinemaScope screens were quite merciless when it came to audiences' perceptions of the obvious.

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