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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

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A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

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When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language | See all certifications »

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12 February 2010 (USA)  »

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  »

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$95,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,502,663 (UK) (12 February 2010)

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$88,761,720 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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Trivia

The substitute teacher, Mrs. Dodds, writes, "I understand a fury in your words But not your words" from Othello 4.2 on the blackboard. Shortly thereafter, she turns into a Fury. See more »

Goofs

When Percy discovers how long they were inside the Lotus Casino, he says that their deadline is at midnight the next day, after which Zeus and Poseidon will go to war unless the bolt is returned to Olympus. However, the purpose of the heroes' quest was to reach the Underworld to rescue Percy's mother - none of them know anything as to the bolt's location at this point, nor was it their intention to find and return it to Zeus in the first place, meaning the summer solstice deadline shouldn't be an immediate concern to them. See more »

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[first lines]
Poseidon: Zeus.
Zeus: Poseidon.
Poseidon: It's been many years
Zeus: What do you see?
Poseidon: Thunder clouds.
Zeus: With no lightning. Stolen.
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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the credits there is a scene showing Gabe Ugliano's fate on discovering Medusa's severed head. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sadie and Emmie (2015) See more »

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I'LL PRETEND
Written and Performed by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of New West Records
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One of the worst book adaptations EVER
23 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chris Columbus did a pretty poor job with the first two Harry Potter movies - visually impressive but lifeless, like someone reading the books out loud without any inflection or emotion in their voice. He followed that up with this astoundingly horrible adaptation of the first book in the very entertaining Percy Jackson series. I believe he must have made a very detailed and accurate list of everything in the book that made it so great, and then carefully ensured that absolutely nothing on the list was in the movie. He even left out the storyline that connected the book to its sequels - it would be like someone making the first Harry Potter movie without mentioning Lord Voldemort. Between omitting the storyline thread that connected the books, and simply bad movie-making, he completely killed this franchise right out of the gate.


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