The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war.
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 Cassandra, Princess of Troy (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Menelaus / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Hector (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Odysseus (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Theseus (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Achilles (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Clytemnestra (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Pollux (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Paris' Father (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Iphigenia (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Calchas (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Queen Hecuba (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Helen (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Paris (2 episodes, 2003)
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 King Priam of Troy (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Agamemnon (2 episodes, 2003)
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The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war.

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When Clytemnestra kills Agamemnon in the swimming pool, her modern style bra and underwear are clearly visible through her wet clothes. Such undergarments were not available during the time of Helen of Troy. See more »

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Cassandra: You should be dead.
Paris: Give me a minute.
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Version of The Time Tunnel: Revenge of the Gods (1966) See more »

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Horribly inaccurate
22 April 2003 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

Rape of Mythology.

Helen of Troy was nothing short of rape of Homer's Iliad and other sources.

Cassandra was portrayed as having the gift of seeing the future as a child. According to the myths she got it from Apollo when she agreed to be his lover. However she later spurned him and so she was cursed that no one will believe her. So according to the writer, Apollo lusted after a five year old child :)

Helen walking nude was good viewing but has no truth. But then again, in the end all one will remember from this TV movie are shots of Sienna Guillory's perfect ass ...

The whole thing about Achilles is absolutely scandalous .. Despite his great strength Achilles actually wanted to avoid battle .. In fact he argued with Agamemnon over a slave girl and stopped fighting .. So the greeks started losing ground ... Here he is portrayed as a retarded warrior. An insult to the greatest Greek warrior since Hercules.

Then after much pleading Achilles sent Patroclus to fight for him in his armour ... The TV movie portrayed Achilles as a monster wearing no armour .. Another falsehood .. Achilles in fact had his new armour built by the god Hephaestus ...

There is no mention of Patroclus here ... And Paris is shown as a great fighter - He was not .. Troy actually relied solely on Hector's capabilities... Here Hector was not portrayed as the great hero he was...

Hector's defeat and slaying of Patroclus finally aroused Achilles' anger and he took his revenge over Hector in a fair fight (not like the one in the TV)... The TV confrontation of Achilles and Hector was sheer stupidity.

Achilles returned Hector's body .. something the writer of the TV movie forgot ...

Achilles was later killed by Paris's arrow which struck his heel but not like the way in showed on the movie ... And the whole myth of his vulnerable heel was left unexplained. Maybe the writer didnt know himself.

Whatever happened to the great Ajax ... his great battle with Hector .. and his subsequent suicide ..

Paris was killed by the famous archer Philoctetes who owned the bow and arrow of Hercules ... But obviously that was too complicated for this piece of TV crap.

In the movie they showed Clytemnestra in Troy - rubbish. She killed Agamemnon once he had returned. There is absolutely no truth that Agamemnon raped Helen as is shown ... The acting was all wooden .. wasting good actors in a ridiculous adaptation...

Hardly any part of the trojan war was touched upon .. And those parts touched were displayed with breathtaking lack of accuracy. Who do the director/writer think they are ? Homer? Virgil ?

Only if one is completely ignorant of Greek myths, one can tolerate this piece of nonsense. Rating it one out of ten is being generous.


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