Clash of the Titans (1981)
Acrisius: Bear witness, Zeus, and all you gods on high Olympus! I condemn my daughter Danae, and her son Perseus to the sea! Her guilt and sin have brought shame to Argos! I, Acrisius the King, now purge her crime and restore my honor! Their blood is not on my hands!
Ammon: Oh impetuous... foolish... Ah dear, the young. Why do they never listen? When will they ever learn?
Zeus: Perseus has won. My son has triumphed.
Hera: A fortunate young man.
Zeus: Fortune is ally to the brave.
Thetis: What a dangerous precedent. What if there more heroes like him? What if courage and imagination became everyday mortal qualities? What will become of us?
Zeus: We would no longer be needed. But, for the moment, there is sufficient cowardice, sloth and mendacity down there on Earth to last forever.
Zeus: Perseus and Andromeda will be happy together. Have fine sons... rule wisely... And to perpetuate the story of his courage, I command that from henceforth, he will be set among the stars and constellations. He, Perseus, the lovely Andromeda, the noble Pegasus, and even the vain Cassiopeia. Let the stars be named after them forever. As long as man shall walk the Earth and search the night sky in wonder, they will remember the courage of Perseus forever. Even if we, the gods, are abandoned or forgotten, the stars will never fade. Never. They will burn till the end of the time.
Princess Andromeda: [to Perseus] In my mind's eye, I see, three circles joined in priceless, graceful harmony. Two full as the moon, one hollow as a crown. Two from the sea, five fathoms down. One from the earth, deep under the ground. The whole, a mark of high renown. Tell me, what can it be?
Ammon: I was partial to tragedy in my youth. That was before experience taught me that life was tragical enough without my having to write about it.
[discussing Zeus' womanizing]
Thetis: So many women, and all these transformations and disguises he invents in order to seduce them. Sometimes a shower of gold, sometimes a bull or a swan. Why, once he even tried to ravish me disguised as a cuttlefish.
Hera: Did he succeed?
Thetis: Certainly not.
Athena: What did you do?
Thetis: Beat him at his own game. I simply turned myself into a shark.
Stygian Witch: A titan against a titan!
Thetis: Hear me, vain and foolish mortal woman. You dare compare your daughter's beauty to mine and in my own sacred sanctuary? You will repent your boast and the cruel injury you have inflicted on my son, Calibos.
Cassiopeia: Forgive. Forgive.
Thetis: In 30 days, on the eve of the longest day of the year, your daughter Andromeda must be taken to the sacrificial rock at the edge of the sea, there bound and chained to the stone. She must be unknown to man, a virgin. A sacrifice suitable for the Kraken. She must be delivered to the Kraken at the setting of the sun or else the Kraken will destroy all Joppa and everyone within the city. For the insult you have done to me and the cruel injury inflicted on my son, I demand the life of Andromeda. In 30 days.
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!
Stygian Witch: One look from the head of Medusa can turn all creatures into stone. No matter how huge and powerful. And her blood is a deadly venom.
Stygian Witch: A Titan against a Titan!
Stygian Witch: You must win Medusa's head. She's not going to give it to you. As a present. As difficult and dangerous... as to vanquish 1000 Krakens. Your only chance against the Kraken. Give us the eye. We have answered your question.
Perseus: One more question.lf the eyes of Medusa... even after her death can turn all living creatures into stone... what about the blood?
Stygian Witch: Deadly and poisonous.
Princess Andromeda: [upon recognizing Perseus] You!
Cassiopeia: You know him?
Princess Andromeda: Only... from a dream.
[whispers in the crowd]
Princess Andromeda: I beg you, abandon me.
Perseus: Ask your riddle.
Princess Andromeda: In my mind's eyes I see... three circles joined in priceless, graceful harmony. Two full as the moon. One hollow as a crown. Two from the sea, five fathoms down. One from the earth, deep under the ground. The whole, a mark of high renown. Tell me, what can it be?
Perseus: Have courage, princess. What can it be? Three circles joined. Two moons and a crown.
Princess Andromeda: Tell me!
Perseus: The answer is a ring! Two pearls in a circle of gold! The ring of the Lord of the Marsh. The pearl ring of Calibos. Here, on the claw hand of Calibos himself!
[gasps from the crowd as he pulls from his cloak the severed hand of Calibos, the ring still attached]
Perseus: The ring. A gift from his mother... the goddess Thetis. Is that the answer?
[Andromeda hesitates in disbelief]
Perseus: Is that the answer? Tell me!
Princess Andromeda: [overcome with joy] Yes!
[cheers from the crowd]
Perseus: We fought in the swamp!
[the crowd silences]
Perseus: I spared his life on one condition. That he renounce his curse. There will be no more bonfires. No more nightmares. Light has conquered darkness. You're free.