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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 2 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Worth seeing as a companion to Homer's book/poem. See more (64 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)
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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
Sergey Kozlov (director of photography) (as Sergei Kozlov)
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
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
Margaret Horspool .... junior draughtsperson
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)
Darren 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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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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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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 can't go home.
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Worth seeing as a companion to Homer's book/poem., 13 May 2003
Author: tenten76 from London

I thoroughly enjoyed the book of the epic, which I read recently, and was pleasantly surprised to find this on video.

Obviously, there are significant omissions, edits and rewrites from the original - and quite long - text, not to mention the change to a standard timescale (rather than using constant flashbacks and anecdotes as in Homer's tale). Having said that, a surprising amount of detail did make it into this film, and the locations especially were almost all perfect - just as I'd imagined them. I even 'recognised' places before they were mentioned by name. Kudos to the production team.

Where the story is simplified, it is done carefully and logically, and leaves in virtually all of Odysseus's more fantastic adventures - dispensing with most of the hospitality, minor characters' subplots - Telemachus' journey is over in seconds - and (unfortunately) with any scenes on Mount Olympus. The net effect is of the story told entirely from Odysseus' viewpoint, while keeping an eye on events back at his palace in Ithaca.

I'll not go too far into the story - since that is why you'll be watching in the first place - but I will say that the special effects are mostly quite good, and don't detract in any way. Of the entire cast I only found Telemachus to be somewhat whiney & annoying, but you manage. Casting is generally very good (especially Calypso - wow).

If there is a problem with this film, it is that by cutting out so much of the rituals, travel and more complicated deceptions, it takes away much of the scale, grandeur and 'epic'ness of it all - while still taking 3 hours to watch. A lot of the ritual and repetition of the original text is actually a large part of its charm (as well as an entirely necessary story-telling mechanic), and I think it could be adapted in full if turned into a short series.

In summary, this is a decent version, but you'll get the most enjoyment out of this film if you've already read The Odyssey (which, as with most book/film adaptations, is significantly better). If you're thinking of watching this instead of reading The Odyssey - please don't. You'll have trouble getting into the text if you think you know what's coming next.

And for the cast & crew of this film - well done. I wish there were a bit more ambition amongst TV and film companies these days.

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