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--... See full summary »

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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 »

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Eurymachus: [Odysseus has started to kill the suitors who are locked in a room with him] Wait, wait! What is our crime? We treated your wife as a queen. We lived off you're land, that can be replaced. We did not kill anybody.
Odysseus: Your crime is that you tried to steal my world. The world I built with my hands, and my sweat...
Eurymachus: Now, anyone...
Odysseus: And my blood. The world that I shared with a woman who bore me my son, and no one will ever take that from me. Now you will die to a man in a river of blood.
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EPIC IN SCOPE AND SUPERBLY REALISED
7 September 1999 | by (CARDIFF, WALES) – See all my reviews

This fine adaptation of Homer's epic tale is superbly directed by Andrei Konchalovsky and is one of the best adaptations of Greek mythology ever captured on screen. Effectively cast throughout,the acting honours must surely go to Armand Assante who shines as Odysseus creating not your stereotypical 'sword and sandal' hero but an older,wiser and intelligent warrior king who endures every trial the gods throw at him as he journeys home from the Trojan war. The war itself is dismissed with rather too quickly but as that was the subject of Homer's other great work "THE ILIAD" this is excusable.Less easy to excuse is the omission of Odysseus's encounter with the sirens which is an integral part of the legend and which was quite well done in the 1954 Italian version of the tale starring Kirk Douglas.Other gods and monsters,however are excellently done especially the cave monster Scylla. A quality production which deserves to be seen by a world-wide audience,this giant amongst mini-series has never been shown on British t.v.( probably because there are no policemen or doctors in it)or released on video. With NTSC compatible video recorders now widely available in the U.K. I strongly advise obtaining the superb American video of "THE ODYSSEY" for anyone whose tastes run to mythic fantasy yarns like "JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS" to which this is very similar.Why do the likes of George Lucas try to create their own mythology when there is so much untapped material like this they could be making instead?....Go figure.


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