The Odyssey (1997– )

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This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with Maltese and Turkish locations, state-of-the-art special effects, and many bronzed muscles gleaming with sweat--chronicles the voyage home of a Trojan hero, Odysseus King of Ithaca, and includes many more scenes of his faithful, beautiful wife Penelope dodging leering suitors at home than Homer ever composed! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG-13 for violent sequences and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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When Odysseus sees his time-worn ship half-buried in the sand on Circe's island he is overcome with grief and falls to the ground on his knees. The deep indentation of his knees is already worn into the ground before he actually kneels - either from a previous take, or to protect Armand Assante from hurting his knees. See more »

Quotes

Aeolus: Ha ha ha! Are you surprised? Admit it! Ha ha! I can see you're surprised.
Odysseus: Who are you?
Aeolus: I am Aeolus, God of Wind. This is my island where soft breezes and raging tempests all begin.
Odysseus: Well, I'm honored, but why do you not allow me to drink?
Aeolus: Because I know you, Odysseus, Lord of Ithaca. Do not be afraid. Step through the water. I have something for you. Come along!
Odysseus: You know me?
Aeolus: Everyone knows of Odysseus, the great hero who built the Trojan Horse. But, few Greeks know that you're the only one who ...
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Richly crafted, supremely entertaining epic
31 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a fine, beautifully crafted version of Homer's The Odyssey. Armand Assante gives a sterling performance as the King of Ithica, who's journey to return from the siege of Troy leads him on a 20-odd year quest to find his way home to his beloved wife Penelope.

If you have read The Odyssey, you will know what kind of challenge it would have been to adapt it into a coherent film and the filmmakers here did a superb job. In capturing all of the excitement, enticement and rollicking adventure of the epic, they brought to life a superlative story rich in imagination.

Kudos to the fine cast, including Eric Roberts as Eurymachus, Greta Scacchi as Penelope and an arresting cameo by Christopher Lee as the blind prophet Tiresias. Eduard Artemyev melodious score only adds to the epic feel.

Not without flaws (Troy is skimmed by a little too fast, and some of the visual effects are a little clunky), but the human element of the story is well dramatized. A supremely entertaining epic.


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