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Director:
Writer:
Beverley Cross (written by)
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Release Date:
12 June 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An Epic Entertainment Spectacular! See more »
Plot:
A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
CGI is for cowards! See more (175 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Desmond Davis 
 
Writing credits
Beverley Cross (written by)

Produced by
Ray Harryhausen .... producer
John Palmer .... associate producer
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Timothy Gee 
 
Casting by
Joyce Agu (casting) (as Joyce Robinson)
Sam Christensen (casting)
Irene Lamb (casting)
 
Production Design by
Frank White 
 
Art Direction by
Giorgio Desideri 
Fernando González  (as Fernando Gonzalez)
Peter Howitt 
Don Picton 
 
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous 
 
Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... masks
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist
Basil Newall .... make-up
Connie Reeve .... make-up
Nick Maley .... prosthetics technician (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mario Pisani .... production supervisor: Italian
Luis Roberts .... production supervisor: Spanish
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Gavigan .... second assistant director
Terry Madden .... second assistant director
Anthony Waye .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Colin Chilvers .... model maker
Harry Cordwell .... set dresser
Bob Cross .... construction manager (as Robert Cross)
David Lusby .... production buyer
Bill McLaren .... construction manager
Janet Stevens .... model maker
Cathy Hill .... painter: production paintings (uncredited)
Wally Hill .... props (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robin Gregory .... sound mixer
Graham V. Hartstone .... dubbing mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... chief dubbing mixer
Terry Poulton .... sound effects editor
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (as Terry Sharrat)
 
Special Effects by
Brian Smithies .... floor/physical effects
María Luisa Pino .... apprentice special effects and make up (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Steven Archer .... assistant to Ray Harryhausen
Dennis Bartlett .... blue screen technician
Cliff Culley .... special miniatures
Jim Danforth .... assistant to Ray Harryhausen
Roy Field .... special opticals
Ray Harryhausen .... creator of special visual effects
Frank Van der Veer .... special opticals (as Frank Van Der Veer)
Martin Body .... rostrum/matte cameraman (uncredited)
Costas Charitou .... titles & opticals: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... animator (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ferdinando Poggi .... stunt coordinator
Ralph Faulkner .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Bulley .... clapper loader
Anthony Gaudioz .... focus puller (as Tony Gaudioz)
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
John May .... chief electrician
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Jimmy Spoard .... camera grip
Egil S. Woxholt .... underwater and aerial cameraman
David Johnson .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Marc Wolff .... camera pilot (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Keith Denny .... wardrobe supervisor
Helen Gill .... wardrobe mistress
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Christopher Thompson .... assistant editor
Joe Gallagher .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestration by
Gordon Langford .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bryan Coates .... location manager
Norma Hazelden .... production assistant
George Marshall .... production accountant
Doreen Soan .... continuity
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist
Enzo Sisti .... accountant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) (1981) | Finland:K-12 (re-rating) (1981) | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2006) | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2005) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG (certificate #25716) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The sea monster seen at the start of the film that destroys the city of Argos was derived from Norwegian mythology. In Greek, the sea monster that threatened Andromeda's people was called Cetus (whale). The Norwegian/Swedish name Kraken is now used as a synonym for the giant squid.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: As the destruction of Argos begins, heavy winds blow the tunic of a man pulling a donkey on a rope to reveal a pair of modern-day gym shorts underneath.See more »
Quotes:
Stygian Witch:A titan against a titan!See more »
Movie Connections:
References 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)See more »

FAQ

Why are there no Titans in this movie?
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61 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
CGI is for cowards!, 29 July 2003
Author: scorpio-x from Las Vegas

This movie has been a favorite of mine since i was a kid--i was very into Greek mythology during grade school, so i loved this film, even though i've seen it about two dozen times (it continues to be a Sunday-afternoon staple on TV). There are a number of mythological inaccuracies in this film (the Kraken wasn't a mythological monster; Perseus didn't have Pegasus, but actually borrowed Hermes' winged sandals, etc.), but it's still a good kids' introduction to ancient mythology. While the actors playing the "mortals" are definitely inferior to those playing the Gods, i suppose it works in the sense of their being the Olympians' puppets and, well, a little limpness in the thespian department is somewhat de rigeur (as is the wise/comic sidekick of Burgess Meredith and the 'little and cute' factor of the mechanical owl) for the kind of classic matinee swashbuckler that "Clash of the Titans" is.

But all these complaints that the Harryhausen effects are crap and it would be so much better done with CGI... well, that's pure craziness. Sure, the monsters don't look convincing, but they look a hell of a lot more convincing then they would as cheap computer animation--can you honestly imagine the Medusa sequence being done any better with some cartoon computer program? (Why? So it could look like the crap in "Phantom Menace"?) I've always felt that Harryhausen's stop-motion technique and the resultant odd way in which the monsters moved added to the sense of their mythic status, their unreality, the sense that these are creatures from another world, another plane. (The recent Asian fantasy/action film "Onmyoji" paid tribute to the master by having a CGI demon army move in Harryhausen stop-motion style and damn me if they didn't look scarier, more unearthly for it.) In my opinion, CGI looks even less "real," more like a painted-on cartoon. There's a depth and detail to creatures that have actually been created in the three-dimensional real world that those who have only existed on a computer screen don't have. Also, no matter how good an actor is, there's a difference between someone who's in the same room with the monster he's fighting, or who at least knows what it looks like, and someone who's just trying to "act scared" in the general direction where something will be inserted later. (Imagine the "Alien" movies made with a hyped-up animated creature: you know that even motionless and plastic squeezed between light stands, that giant H.R. Geiger monster gave everyone on set the creeps.) Maybe people like CGI because they feel safer with obviously fake monsters, things that never even existed as a three-foot high model next to the ham sandwich in someone's shop.

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