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Clash of the Titans (1981)

Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.



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A Stygian Witch
A Stygian Witch


Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis's son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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zeus | kraken | goddess | quest | gods | See All (126) »


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Release Date:

12 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Furia de titanes  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview with "Cinefantastique" magazine, scriptwriter Beverley Cross said, "I had the idea for 'Clash of the Titans' in 1969 while I was living in Greece, on an island called Skiathos. It's very close to Seriphos, the island where legend has it that Perseus, the son of Zeus, was washed ashore in a trunk." See more »


Differences from mythological sources (including misuse of the names Titan and Kraken) are exempt from being listed as goofs, as are historical inaccuracies (including Roman or medieval artifacts in a Greek setting), especially when caused by reliance on Renaissance/Baroque artistic depictions. See more »


Perseus: How may a mortal man face and defeat the Kraken?
Stygian Witch: The Kraken is invulnerable. 100 men could not fight him.
Stygian Witch: An army could not kill him.
Perseus: Nothing is invulnerable.There must be a way.
Stygian Witch: Perhaps, one way.
Stygian Witch: But a way even more dangerous than the Kraken itself.
Perseus: Tell me.
Stygian Witch: Give me the eye and l'll tell you.
Perseus: First, tell me.
Stygian Witch: The head of Medusa. The Gorgon!
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the cast is divided into three categories: The Immortals (for the gods of Olympus), The Mortals (humans, etc.), and The Mythologicals (As Themselves) (In Alphabetical Order) Bubo, Charon, Dioskilos, Kraken, Medusa, Pegasus, Scorpions, Vulture. Those 8 are the non-human animated characters supplied by special effects. See more »


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The Kraken
Composed and Conducted by Laurence Rosenthal
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A Wonderful Fantasy
21 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

In the Mount Olympus, Zeus (Laurence Olivier) destroyed the city Argus with the Titan Kraken to punish King Acrisius (Donald Houston) that sentenced his daughter Danae (Vida Taylor) and her son with Zeus Perseus to death in the sea. Zeus orders Poseidon to save them and Perseus grows up in a paradisiacal island with his mother. Years later, Zeus punishes Calibos (Neil McCarthy), the evil son of the goddess Thetis (Maggie Smith) and fiancé of Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker), turning him into a monster doomed to live in the swamps. The vindictive Thetis curses Andromeda with a spell and every suitor should solve a riddle; otherwise he would be sentenced to the bonfire. Further, she brings Perseus (Harry Hamlin) while sleeping half-naked to the City of Jopa but Zeus gives magical helmet, shield and sword to his son for self-protection. When Perseus sees Andromeda, he falls in love with her and uses the magic outfits and Pegasus to discover the answer of the riddle with Calibos. But Thetis dooms Andromeda to be sacrificed to the Kraken otherwise the City of Jopa and the inhabitants will be destroyed by the Titan. Perseus now has to defeat Medusa and the Kraken to save his beloved princess.

The saga of Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, and the intrigue among the Gods of Olympus, is brilliant presented in this magnificent film. The delightful story is supported by an outstanding international cast, with names such as Laurence Olivier, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith and Ursula Andress, and by fantastic special effects, considering this is a 1981 movie. The golden mechanical owl Buba is hilarious and responsible for some of the best moments in this film. This epic is a wonderful and highly recommended entertainment for the whole family. I do not recall how many times I have had the pleasure of watching this film. Yesterday I saw on DVD for the first time, and there is a pleasant interview with the producer in the extras. For me, this movie is a classic in the genre. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Fúria de Titãs" ("Fury of Titans").

Note: On 01 August 2010 I saw this movie again.

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