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The Trojan Women (1971)

GP | | Drama | 19 January 1972 (UK)
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The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis

Writers:

Euripides (play), Edith Hamilton (English translation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Hecuba
Vanessa Redgrave ... Andromache
Geneviève Bujold ... Cassandra
Irene Papas ... Helen
Patrick Magee ... Menelaus
Brian Blessed ... Talthybius
Alberto Sanz Alberto Sanz ... Astyanax
Pauline Letts Pauline Letts ... Woman
Rosalind Shanks ... Woman
Pat Beckett Pat Beckett ... Woman (as Pat Becket)
Anna Bentinck Anna Bentinck ... Woman
Elsie Pittas Elsie Pittas ... Woman (as Ersie Pittas)
Esmeralda Adam García Esmeralda Adam García ... Woman (as Esmeralda Adam)
Esperanza Alonso Esperanza Alonso ... Woman
María García Alonso María García Alonso ... Woman (as Maria G. Alonso)
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Storyline

Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba's daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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The strength of mankind has always been its women.

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Drama

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Trivia

The Edith Hamilton translation of "The Trojan Women", which is used in this film, premiered on the Broadway stage in 1938. It was immediately acclaimed as being superior to the antiquated Gilbert Murray translation, which was the standard version used then. See more »

Quotes

Cassandra: [to Hecuba] I know that I am mad, but mother dearest, now, for this one time, I do not rave.
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Alternate Versions

Portuguese version, "As Troianas", runs 109 minutes, with original soundtrack and Portuguese subtitles, as approved by the Government censorship. See more »

Connections

Followed by Iphigenia (1977) See more »

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FILM IT AGAIN, PLEASE
5 October 2001 | by rbrtptrckSee all my reviews

This is a remarkably ineffectual filming of Euripides' magnificent examination of the effects of war on women. Euripides embarrassed Athens with his realism and blatant theatricality, neither of which is on view here. The four-star cast intone their limes reverently, as if reading holy scripture, never becoming real women watching their city burn and awaiting slavery and rape. The staging is stiff and posey,farther distancing a viewer from emotional involvement. The translation is stiff and respectful. One might say that this great play is here respected to death. In short, the film shows astonishingly little invention or imagination. And how is it that all the women of Troy managed to dress in identical matching rags? This is the only film of this immortal play. Someone with feeling and passion, film it again, please.


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Country:

Greece | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

As Troianas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$110,428
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(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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