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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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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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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)

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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 »
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Helen:There's away Gods have... To give with one hand and take with two.See more »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
back to the fifties, 12 June 2004
Author: Wout Visser (wrvisser-leusden-nl) from Leusden, Holland

This movie typically dates from an era, when the many local movie-theatres were visited regularly for their newest issues. An era when television could not compete yet, also an era when society wasn't as hectic and demanding as it is today.

So just sit back, relax, and take your time to watch 'Helen of Troy'. Fifties-movies generally are well-made and worth watching, and this one is no exception. For instance, enjoy the 'overture', a fine piece of film-music to get you in the right mood. The concert is on for about five minutes, the screen before your face not moving at all during this entire period.

Once 'Helen' is on her way, you will enjoy the quality of the (color-)shots, and that of the actors and actresses. Their heroic style of acting, completely out of fashion now, is remarkable. Further there is not much to add. The fifties show a clear trend for pompous movies lending their plot from ancient Greek or Roman history. Such as 'Ben Hur', 'Spartacus' and 'Quo Vadis'. 'Helen of Troy' also belongs to this category.

And, what about Brigitte Bardot? Her tiny role as a slave-girl in a pompous Greek-history setting does not suit her talents very well. Brigitte makes the best of it, though, occasionally succeeding in letting her famous image shine through.

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