The Trojan Women (1971)

GP  |   |  Drama  |  27 September 1971 (USA)
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The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.


(as Michael Cacoyannis)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Magee ...
Alberto Sanz ...
Pauline Letts ...
Rosalie Shanks ...
Woman (as Rosalind Shanks)
Pat Beckett ...
Woman (as Pat Becket)
Anna Bentinck ...
Elsie Pittas ...
Woman (as Ersie Pittas)
Esmeralda Adam García ...
Woman (as Esmeralda Adam)
Esperanza Alonso ...
María García Alonso ...
Woman (as Maria G. Alonso)


Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba's daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands. Written by Lordship <>

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The strength of mankind has always been its women.




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As Troianas  »

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Did You Know?


The Edith Hamilton translation of "The Trojan Women", which is used in this film, premiered on the Broadway stage in 1938. It was immediately acclaimed as being superior to the antiquated Gilbert Murray translation, which was the standard version used then. See more »


Hecuba: [to Helen] Never make gods out fools to whitewash your own evil.
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Version of Las troyanas (1963) See more »

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5 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film of truly Great Actresses. Without a doubt, Hepburn, Boujold, and Redgrave make this film worth seeing. Hepburn, as always, carries the show with ease. Redgrave and Boujold both claim smaller roles, but with a lasting impact. Boujold in particular delivers a haunting interpretation of Cassandra. The script its self is a decent adaptation of a first-class play, and by its self would rank at around a C in my books, but the incredible performances of the actresses bring the movie to life and raise my opinion of the movie to a B. Their performances along with the moving story they tell makes it easy enough to look over the one or two poorly directed scenes or the occasional overly dramatic moment.

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