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Ulysses (1954)

Ulisse (original title)
A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Director:

Mario Camerini

Writers:

Franco Brusati (screenplay), Mario Camerini (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Ulysses
Silvana Mangano ... Circe / Penelope
Anthony Quinn ... Antinoos
Rossana Podestà ... Nausicaa
Jacques Dumesnil ... Alicinous
Daniel Ivernel Daniel Ivernel ... Eurylochus
Sylvie ... Eurycleia
Franco Interlenghi ... Telemachus
Elena Zareschi Elena Zareschi ... Cassandra
Evi Maltagliati Evi Maltagliati ... Ulysses' Mother
Ludmilla Dudarova Ludmilla Dudarova ... Arete
Tania Weber Tania Weber ... Leucantes
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Achilles
Ferruccio Stagni Ferruccio Stagni ... Mentor
Alessandro Fersen Alessandro Fersen ... Diomede (as Alessandro Ferzen)
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In the ancient Greek city of Ithaca, many impatiently await the return of their king Ulysses and his warriors from the Trojan War. Among these, Ulysses' devoted wife Penelope and his grown son Telemachus. But Ulysses' return is not eagerly awaited by everyone, especially by his enemies. They openly court Penelope and ask her to give her husband up for dead and re-marry one of the rowdy suitors who have taken up residence in her home since her husband's departure. However, Penelope clings to her belief that Ulysses will soon return. To appease the aggressive suitors, Penelope promises that she would re-marry as soon as she finishes weaving a large tapestry depicting Ulysses' deeds of bravery. In secret, she's unraveling the day's weaving, thus delaying the tapestry's completion. Penelope knows that her trick won't work forever. In Troy, Ulysses and his warriors use the Trojan Horse ruse to conquer the city. In his fervor, Ulysses destroys the Trojans' temple to Neptune, god of the sea,... Written by nufs68

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the loves and adventures of Ulysses See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Odyssey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1955
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The first of three films co-starring Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn, the others being "Lust for Life" (1956) and "Last Train from Gun Hill" (1959). See more »

Goofs

Ulysses, in beggar's disguise, is granted permission to draw the bow. As he takes it and moves to another spot to string it, a metal wristband suddenly materializes on his left arm where a few seconds before there was none. See more »

Quotes

Circe: What are you doing, Ulysses? Do you really think you can leave me?
Ulysses: I left you a long time ago. The day my men died in the storm.
Circe: And do you think your journey will last any longer than theirs?
Ulysses: You will not hold me here.
Circe: Listen to me! I shall give you something that will make you forget all your petty dreams. Your miserable kingdom. Your wife who grows old. Remain, and this very night, Olympus shall welcome a new god: Ulysses!
Ulysses: Immortal?
Circe: This is my gift - the greatest gift that has ever been ...
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Referenced in Beautiful People (2001) See more »

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An Intelligent, Moving Retelling of a timeless story
14 May 2012 | by hddwordsmithSee all my reviews

Sure, there are spots where the producers cut corners, scenes criminally underlit. But there are other scenes of Rembrandtesque beauty. And while we may chuckle at the absurdity of the Greeks' making wine instantaneously, well, BLAME HOMER ! It's in the original Greek ! With the exception of Phemios' absurdly pro-Trojan song to the suitors in Ithaka--which runs counter to Homer and would've gotten the bard skewered on the spot by unsympathetic Greek nobles--there's nary a false emotional note.

This is so far superior to the bloated made-for-TV version, which is, well, Rococco and superficial-beyond-belief.


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