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

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Athena was a maiden goddess (she could never marry) yet she had children such as Annabeth because like herself her children are born from pure thought and given as a gift to the men she truly admires therefore she is able to have demigod children and still be a maiden goddess
When in the Parthenon Museum, Annabeth begins telling Percy a story about her mother, Athena. The story she tells is the Greek myth about how the capital city Athens got its name. The citizens of the city were arguing over which god to name the city after. The two choices were Athena and Poseidon, Percy's father. Both agreed that they would bestow a gift onto the town, and whichever gift was deemed more useful, that giver would have the town named after them. Poseidon stuck his trident into the ground, and created a spring, which the townspeople could use the water from. Unfortunately, the water turned out to be too salty and therefore useless. Athena presented a single olive tree. The people realized the tree had many uses: Its fruit for eating, its wood for building and burning, the oil from its fruit for cooking and for bathing, and the pits of the olives could be planted, therefore bringing up more olive trees. The people agreed the olive tree was more useful, and therefore named the city "Athens", in honor of Athena.
In Greek Mythology, Medusa was turned into a Gorgon when Poseidon, Percy's father, raped Medusa in the temple of Athena. Athena, Annabeth's mother, took offense and cursed her. Hence, Medusa's hatred for them, and her reference to unfinished business.
When they drive off from the Casino, they are in a Maserati, which happens to have the trident as emblem.
In the original book, Percy Jackson is 12 years old. He is 17 in the film.
In Greek mythology (at least in the classical version), Athena is a daughter of Zeus, which makes Annabeth Percy's first cousins once removed. However Percy states in the final book the gods don't technically have DNA and it doesn't exactly count. For example--- two Hermes kids dating would be like dating your sibling, but a Hermes kid and Ares kid is okay.
When Chiron is calling for the campers to gather around to go over the rules for Capture the Flag, he yells for Dylan and Paris to stop "lollygagging". Chiron is played by Pierce Brosnan, whose two younger sons are named Dylan and Paris.
Chiron was also known for training several heroes: Asclepius, Aristaeus, Ajax, Aeneas, Actaeon, Caeneus, Theseus, Achilles, Jason, Peleus, Telamon, Perseus, and Heracles.
In Greek mythology, the goddess Athena is a symbol of virginity. She never had any children. But in the books, it is said that Athena would create the children using her mind, being the goddess of wisdom. Adding in the traits of the father of the child and adding in some of her own.
The statue of Athena at the Parthenon in Tennessee has a carving of Medusa on her chest plate.
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.
This is one of few movies in which Sean Bean's character does not die.
In the Greek Myths, Persephone was abducted by Hades into the Underworld, but Zeus demanded her return on earth. However Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds and was forced to stay in the Underworld during the winter months and returning to earth the rest of the year. However in the film, Percy Jackson had 10 more days until the summer solstice to return Zeus' master bolt and during the time Persephone was seen in the Underworld at summertime.
Luke is seen playing the multiplayer mode of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009). Kevin McKidd is a voice actor for that videogame.
Uma Thurman, who plays Medusa, interacted with a number of live snakes with the help of a snake wrangler in preparation for her role. Handling and holding snakes, she said, helped her imagine how it might feel for Medusa to have live snakes sprouting from her head.
In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur and a master of the healing arts, and passed that knowledge on to the mortal hero Asclepius.
In the book, Annabeth is a blonde and has grey eyes. But in the movies, she is a brunette with blue eyes.
Luke is seen playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with a Playstation controller but on the tv screen it shows XBOX controls
Nina Dobrev auditioned for the role of Annabeth.
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The diner in this movie (called Music City Diner in the movie, Rocko's Diner in real life) is the same diner that's used in Riverdale (2017) and in Horns (2013).
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Percy is named after the original Perseus, who killed Medusa the first time
Features Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean from GoldenEye (1995), though their characters in this film never interact with each other.
When Luke is seen playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009), he is playing for the Militia on the Favela level.
Chiron is also a son of Cronos making him Percy's uncle.
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During the bus trip, they're listening to AC/DC's "Highway to Hell." Later in the film, Hades keeps a Gibson SG guitar by his fireplace, the same guitar played by AC/DC's Angus Young.
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In the book, there's a character at Yancy Academy named Nancy Bobofit. She is described as having red hair, pale skin, and freckles. A girl matching this description is seen in the background when Percy and his classmates are at the museum.
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A real-life Camp Half-Blood opened in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
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In the extras, when they're talking about Hermes, they say (incorrectly) that "...he carries a Caduceus (2 snakes usually with wings and entwined on a staff) which to "mortals" is the symbol of Medicine". Actually, the Staff of Asclepious (1 snake no wings on a staff) is the symbol of Medicine.
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Marie Avgeropoulos and Luisa D'Oliveira, who both play Aphrodite girls, are also co-stars on the show "The 100".
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Poseidon (Percy Jackson father) hates Athena (Annabeth Chase mother). And Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades are brothers.
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Both Julian Richings and Jake Abel appeared on the TV show Supernatural. Richings played the character of Death while Abel played Adam, half brother of Sam and Dean Winchester.
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"Auntie Em" is quite likely a reference to the aunt of Dorothy Gale in the classic movie The Wizard Of OZ (1939)
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Cameo 

Ray Winstone: as Ares at Olympus. In some shots, you can see him sitting on his throne in between Demeter and Athena, whereas others, he has gone.

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In addition to be the messenger of the god, Hermes is also the god of thieves. It makes sense that it was his son who was the Lightning Thief.
The hydra Percy faces in the Parthenon Museum in Nashville was a creature in Greek mythology. It was the offspring of Echidna and Typhon. The Greek hero Heracles (known more commonly by his Roman name, "Hercules") defeated the hydra by cutting off most of the heads, save for the one immortal head, having his nephew cauterize the wounds with a burning torch, and burying the remaining head with a large boulder.
In the books, it takes Percy almost half the book to find out that his father is Poseidon. But in the film, he finds out almost right after entering Camp Half-Blood.
In Greek mythology, Perseus killed Medusa the first time. Percy, (real name Perceus), killed Medusa in the movie/book
In the original novel, Ares was one of the main antagonist. He captures Luke but Luke convinces him to join him. In the film, his role is reduced to a simple cameo in the Mt. Olympus scene.
When Percy, Annabeth and Grover meet Persephone and the hellhounds, Persephone tells the hounds "fige" and "makria tous" this is Greek for 'leave/go' and 'away' from them respectively. Also when she calls the hounds back "ella tho" meaning 'come here', also in Greek.
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There are major changes from the book in the movie: Percy gets the pearls from a sea nymph in the book but gets them by traveling all around the US in the movie. In the book, there is a fight scene with Enchinda and a Chimera. This is deleted in the movie. The pantheon isn't in the book. Sally took Medusa head and stoned Gabe, selling the statue. Instead he opens the fridge and Crumbles to pieces. There are many other changes.
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In the book the obstacles Percy, Annebeth and Grover face are a fire caused by Furies, being tricked by Medusa, escaping the St. Louis arch, escaping a trap made by Hepheastus, and getting out of the Lotus hotel/casino. In the movie the obstacles they face are escaping Medusa's lair, killing a hydra, and breaking out of the Lotus hotel/casino.
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In the Lotus Casino, Grover gets a massage including his hooves painted. In the next scene, when he's onstage dancing, his hooves are clearly visible and aren't painted pink.
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Changes in book and movie: Book: 1. The trio fights Ares, Enchinda, the Chimera, and Hades, among others. 2. Annabeth is a blonde with grey eyes. 3. It takes Percy four months to find out Poseidon is his father. 4. Percy also fights a hellhound right before this. 5. Percy discovers his powers after fighting a Daughter of Ares named Clarrisse la Rue, and the camp is directed by Dionyus, God of Wine. 6. Percy also fights with a bully at his school named Nancy Bobofit. 7. Percy's pen must be uncapped to become a sword. 8. Luke takes Percy into the woods and nearly kills him with a scorpion. 9. Sally Jackson uses Medusa's head to turn Smelly Gabe into a statue. 10. Luke has a scar on his left eye. Movie: 1. They fight Medusa, the Hydra and others. 2. Annabeth has blue eyes and auburn hair. 3. Percy is claimed almost instantly at Camp. 4. There are no hellhounds. 5. Clarrisse and Mr. D are nowhere in the movie. 6. Nancy Bobofit is not a character as well. 7. Percy clicks his pen instead of uncapping. 8. Percy and Luke fight on the Empire State Building. 9. There is an after credit showing Gabe throwing aside a note from Percy --- Don't open the fridge! Percy. --- and facing Medusa's head, and the screen goes black, followed by a crumbling sound. 10. Luke has no scar.
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In classical mythology, the Lotus Eaters are a tribe of people who are in a near-permanent stupor because they consume the seeds of a plant called "Lotus" and one of the many obstacles encountered by the hero Odysseus during his adventures in "The Odyssey".
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