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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
18 May 1997 (USA) See more »
This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with Maltese and Turkish locations... See more »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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Surprising; Eye-Filling and Important; The Finest Classical Spectacle Yet See more (65 total) »


 (Series Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Armand Assante ... Odysseus

Greta Scacchi ... Penelope

Isabella Rossellini ... Athena

Bernadette Peters ... Circe

Eric Roberts ... Eurymachus

Irene Papas ... Anticleia

Jeroen Krabbé ... King Alcinous (as Jeroen Krabbe)

Geraldine Chaplin ... Eurycleia

Christopher Lee ... Tiresias

Vanessa Williams ... Calypso
Nicholas Clay ... Menelaus
Adoni Anastassopoulos ... Perimedes (as Adoni Anastasse)
Paloma Baeza ... Melanthe

Ron Cook ... Eurybates
Reid Asato ... Cyclops
Mark Hill ... Orsilicus

Pat Kelman ... Elatus
Vincenzo Nicoli ... Antinous
Sally Plumb ... Queen Alcinous

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Polites

Katie Carr ... Nausicaa
Marius Combo ... Agelaus

Alan Cox ... Elpener

William Houston ... Anticlus
Oded Levy ... Leocritus
Peter Page ... Philotus

Michael J. Pollard ... Aeolus
Alan Stenson ... Telemachus

Stewart Scudamore ... Antiphus (1997) (as Stewart Thompson)
Tony Vogel ... Eumaeus
Heathcote Williams ... Laocoon

Michael Tezcan ... Eurylochos
Richard Truett ... Achilles

Yorgo Voyagis ... Agamemnon
Peter Woodthorpe ... Mentor

Derek Lea ... Hector
Freddy Douglas ... Hermes

Miles Anderson ... Poseidon
Alan Smithie ... Priam

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Aegyptius
Josh Maguire ... Young Telemachus (1997)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kresh Novakovic ... Phonecian Sailor (uncredited)
Max Oddball ... Greek Juggler (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrey Konchalovskiy  (as Andrei Konchalovsky)
Writing credits
Andrey Konchalovskiy (teleplay) (as Andrei Konchalovsky) &
Chris Solimine (teleplay)

Homer (epic poem)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Fred Fuchs .... executive producer
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer
Dyson Lovell .... producer
Nicholas Meyer .... executive producer
Chris Thompson .... line producer
Original Music by
Eduard Artemev  (as Edward Artemyev)
Cinematography by
Sergei Kozlov (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Ellis 
Production Design by
Roger Hall 
Art Direction by
John King (supervising art director)
Anne Seibel (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Karen Brookes 
Costume Design by
Charles Knode 
Makeup Department
Darlene Forrester .... hair stylist: second unit (1997)
Jeanette Freeman .... crowd hair supervisor
Daniel Parker .... makeup and prosthetics designer
Petra Schaumann .... hairdresser
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... chief hairdresser
Julia Wilson .... crowd supervisor (1997)
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup artist
Marcelle Genovese .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Sarah Love .... chief hair stylist: second unit (uncredited)
Rosanna Mintoff .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Rossana Parker .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nikita Rae .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... wig designer (uncredited)
Production Management
Ali Akdeniz .... production manager: Turkey
Gerry Gore .... unit manager
Gil Whelan .... production manager: second unit
Tom White .... unit manager: Turkey (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... third assistant director
Guy Heeley .... second assistant director
Terry Madden .... first assistant director: second unit
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... first assistant director
Arthur Wooster .... second unit director
Yagiz Alp Akaydin .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Winston Azzopardi .... third assistant director: Malta (uncredited)
Harry Boyd .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Stephen Cranny .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Arzu Goknar .... local first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Allenby .... property master
Leon Apsey .... assistant construction manager
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Brian Blues .... supervising carpenter
Michael Boone .... assistant art director (as Mike Boone)
Dennis Bovington .... construction manager
Mark Buck .... plasterer (1997)
Peter Dorme .... draughtsperson
Frederic Evard .... stand-by art director
Kevin Fowler .... supervising stagehand
Barry Gates .... dressing props
Robert Hill .... stand-by props
Andrew Holder .... chief sculptor
Mags Horspool .... junior draughtsperson (as Margaret Horspool)
Len Huntingford .... art director: Malta
Marat Kim .... conceptual artist
Paul Kirby .... standby art director
Sonja Klaus .... production buyer
Steve Macdonald .... stand-by props
Christopher Mason .... supervising painter
Dean Norgate .... stand-by
Ian Norgate .... supervising rigger
Norman North .... stand-by
Paul Nott-Macaire .... stand-by
Roy O'Connor .... dressing props (as Roy O'Conner)
Mark Reynolds .... property storeman
John Wright .... stand-by
Anthony Caron-Delion .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Frederic Evard .... art director: Turkey (uncredited)
Dan Frye .... propmaker (uncredited)
Jody King .... assistant sculptor (uncredited)
Daren Reynolds .... chargehand stand-by props: second unit (uncredited)
Andy Thomson .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Baldock .... sound editor
Paul Carr .... sound re-recording mixer
John Casali .... sound maintenance
Clive Copland .... boom operator
David Crozier .... production sound mixer
Gillian Dodders .... sound editor
Joe Gallagher .... sound editor
Ben Barker .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Sandy Buchanan .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John Motyer .... location sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Terry Bridle .... special effects technician
Andrew Bunce .... special effects technician
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Sam Conway .... special effects technician
Dave Eltham .... senior special effects technician (as David Eltham)
Waldo Mason .... silicone technician
Steve Patton .... special effects technician (as Steve Paton)
Alan Perez .... special effects
Nick Smith .... special effects technician (as Nicholas Smith)
Paul Stephenson .... special effects modeller
Tim Willis .... senior special effects technician (as Timothy Willis)
Richard Darwin .... animatronic model designer (uncredited)
Mark Hunter .... animatronic designer (uncredited)
Ceri Nicholls .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Smith .... special effects crew (uncredited)
John Stephenson .... creative supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Matthew Cope .... visual effects coordinator
Timothy Greenwood .... senior effects editor (as Tim Greenwood)
Scott Griffin .... coordinator: Framestore
Andy Lomas .... CGI supervisor
Mike McGee .... visual effects supervisor
Fiona Walkinshaw .... producer: Framestore
Andrew Daffy .... animator (uncredited)
John Fuller .... animator (uncredited)
Arnon Manor .... visual effects (uncredited)
Sarah Marchant .... inferno artist (uncredited)
Roma O'Connor .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Pedro Sabrosa .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator
Richard Bradshaw .... stunts (uncredited)
Rob Inch .... stunts (uncredited)
Crispin Layfield .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Nickels .... stunts (uncredited)
Shaun Wallace .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Dormer .... electrical rigger
Chuck Finch .... gaffer (as Robert 'Chuck' Finch)
Catherine Frift .... clapper loader
Mike Frift .... camera operator
Wayne Leach .... electrician (1997)
Malcolm MacIntosh .... camera operator: second unit (as Malcolm Mcintosh)
Billy Merrell .... best boy (as Billy Merrill)
Simon Mills .... focus puller
Dean Morrish .... clapper loader
John Payne .... grip
Martin Shepherd .... focus puller
Oliver Upton .... still photographer
Arthur Wooster .... director of photography: second unit
Darren Bailey .... remote camera technician (uncredited)
Stephen Finch .... electrician (uncredited)
Kevin Fraser .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
John Gamble .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Grayley .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Tony Jackson .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Frédéric North .... pilot: camera helicopter (uncredited)
Simon Werry .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Harry Audley .... additional casting
Noel Davis .... casting: U.K.
Lynn Kressel .... casting
Oded Levy .... additional casting
Sue Wood .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Colford .... costume assistant
Steven Kirkby .... costume supervisor (as Steve Kirkby)
Joe Kowalewski .... costume assistant (as Josef Kowalewski)
Justine Luxton .... costume design assistant
William Steggle .... costume assistant
Allison Wyldeck .... costume supervisor
Edwin Francis .... costume coordinator: Rome (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mags Arnold .... first assistant editor
Olga Grinshpun .... assistant editor
Nikolai Malakhov .... lightworks engineer
Asa Shoul .... telecine colorist (as A. Shoul)
Gary Szabo .... telecine colorist (as G. Szabo)
Music Department
Amina Annabi .... vocal coach (as Amina Amabi)
Sean Defeo .... engineer
Michael Gibbs .... additional orchestrator (as Mike Gibbs)
Andrew Glen .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Malcolm McLaren .... music consultant
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Kirsty Whalley .... additional score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Fatos Akdeniz .... location manager: Turkey
Marco Assante .... assistant: Armand Assante
Patricia Barr .... unit nurse (as Pat Barr)
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor
Tim Bricknell .... production assistant
R.H. Davies .... marine coordinator (as Robin Davies)
Bryon Fear .... assistant: Dyson Lovell
Muharrem Gulmez .... assistant location manager: Turkey (as Muko Gulmez)
Alina Gulyaeva .... assistant: A. Konchalovsky (as Alina Gouliaeva)
Andy Hennigan .... financial controller
Amrik Heyer .... additional choreographer
Sarah Hinch .... production secretary
Lesley Keane .... contact: London (as Leslie Keane)
Rita Kozma .... assistant accountant
Blanca Li .... choreographer
Steve Morphew .... utility stand-in (as Stephen Morphew)
Gerard Naprous .... horse master
Tori Parry .... production coordinator
Steve Ricard .... utility stand-in
Fiona Richards .... floor runner
Jonathan Scott .... floor runner
William Steggle .... set supervisor
Alistair Thompson .... assistant accountant
Joyce Turner .... production coordinator: second unit
Elizabeth West .... script supervisor: second unit
Ginnette Wilson .... assistant accountant
Bernice Wright .... assistant set supervisor
Tim Baish .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anna Cachia .... production assistant (uncredited)
Clair Chrysler .... stand-in: Greta Scacchi (uncredited)
Britt Harrison .... script consultant (uncredited)
Andrew Litvin .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Roger McGowan .... marine rigger (uncredited)
Katryna Samut-Tagliaferro .... assistant location manager: Malta (uncredited)
Ahmet T. Uygun .... assistant location manager: Turkiye (uncredited)
Tom White .... location assistant (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for violent sequences and some sensuality
176 min (2 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | UK:12 (video rating) | USA:PG-13
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Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: As Odysseus scales the mountain to see Circe, Hermes feeds him grass to protect him from her spells. When Odysseus first opens his mouth to eat the grass, you can tell that his mouth is already stained green from eating grass, presumably from an earlier take.See more »
Cyclops:What is it?
Odysseus:It's wine, that's the drink of the gods. Here. Try.
Cyclops:I like it. Another. What is your name?
Odysseus:My name?
Polites:He is the lord of
[is silenced before he can reveal Odysseus's identity]
Odysseus:My name is Nobody. No body.
Cyclops:Alright Nobody, in the morning you will tell me more secrets after I eat.
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Surprising; Eye-Filling and Important; The Finest Classical Spectacle Yet, 28 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

"The Odyssey", purportedly the work of the same man who wrote "The Iliad", is a long epic poem which is world-renowned as a tale of adventure. The greatness of this adaptation is that the ethical central character, Odysseus or 'Ulysses', King of Ithaca, is treated as the first man in history able to think rationally--to control his passions. The filmmakers do not spend more than a few minutes on the "Odysseys" background, the war by the ancient Argives' alliance against the city of Ilium or "Troy". The thrust of the piece is the wanderings undertaken by Ulysses AFTER he returns home safely from that war. His wife Penelope waits for him; his family never gives up. But meanwhile, even as his son grows, the kingdom's nobles grow bolder. They demand Penelope marry one of them, since they believe Ulysses is dead. By night, Penelope unweaves what she has woven of her wedding dress during daylight. The bulk of the film follows Ulysses on what amounts to a shipborne Cook's tour of fictionally-reworked famous ancient places about the Mediterraean, to confrontations with the man-eating Cyclops and his herd of sheep, with Circe the goddess who can transform men into swine, with the Lotos eaters and the Gulf of the world. This movie is a special-effects extravaganza with high-tech effects and a solid cast to back up the adventure by way of intelligent direction and good dialogue. The very large made-for-television epic was directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Konchalovsky did the adaptation and Christopher Solimine the teleplay. The bright cinematography for a very long and colorful adventure was the work of Sergei Kopzlov, the original music composed by Eduard Artemyev; the elaborate set decorations were done by Kren Brooks, with costumes by Charles Knode. The outstanding production design was the achievement of Roger Hall. In the huge cast, Armand Assante seemed an intelligent Odysseus save that he lacked a classical speech training. Greta Scacchi was Penelope, Isaballa Rossellini Athena, Irene Papas Anticleia, and Jeroen Krabbe King Alcinous. Vanessa Williams played Calypso, Christopher Lee Tiresias, Bernadette Peters Circe and Geraldine Chaplin played Eurycleia. Many others enacted the parts of persons in the Trojan War, the suitors at Ithaca's court, assorted divinities and personages encountered by Odeysseus and his mates in the course of his ship's many adventures. Katie Carr was Nausicaa, who helped him when he was shipwrecked; and Alan Stenson portrayed Odysseus's son Telemcahus. From the Trojan sequences to the slaughter of the offending nobles by team-Ulysses, he in disguise using an ancient horn-bow only he could string to perform the deed, this is an exciting, eye-filling and well-planned cinematic adventure. It was a great surprise when it was offering among many mean-streets naturalistic films in 1997. Not to be missed.

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