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

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  12 February 2010 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  »

Box Office


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,502,663 (UK) (12 February 2010)


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

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Did You Know?


In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur and a master of the healing arts, and passed that knowledge on to the mortal hero Asclepius. See more »


In the final shot, the leaves on the small trees in front are noticeably being blown by the wind, but the leaves on the taller trees in back are perfectly still. See more »


[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 »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott
Performed by AC/DC
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Oh my Gods and Goddesses
10 February 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie without any expectations. I haven't read the books and I only read one review in the paper.

Yes, there are parts borrowed from other movies, but what makes this movie different is that it doesn't take itself too seriously, like Harry P. It was as if most of the actors were instructed to 'Ham it up'.

I didn't look at my watch during the movie (two hours), which is a good sign that I am enjoying going along for the ride.

What I didn't like was that most of the mythology was missing. Like it was assumed knowledge. All it did was not allow me to connect to the main characters because I didn't know enough about them (from the film).

The music wasn't overbearing, but went nicely with the film. Nothing memorable except "Highway to Hell".

S/Fx were done to an acceptable level, especially Hades (the place not the God). But the Gods were too human for my liking.

Maybe the producers are hoping this film will fill in the void being left by Harry P. The hero in this movie looks about the same age as Harry in his last film.

I don't think it is a repeat watch (DVD).

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