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Clash of the Titans (1981)

Perseus (Harry Hamlin) must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker).

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Desmond Davis

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Beverley Cross
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Zeus
Claire Bloom ... Hera
Maggie Smith ... Thetis
Ursula Andress ... Aphrodite
Jack Gwillim ... Poseidon
Susan Fleetwood ... Athena
Pat Roach ... Hephaestus
Harry Hamlin ... Perseus
Judi Bowker ... Andromeda
Burgess Meredith ... Ammon
Siân Phillips ... Cassiopeia
Flora Robson ... A Stygian Witch
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... A Stygian Witch
Freda Jackson ... A Stygian Witch
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Thallo
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Perseus (Harry Hamlin) is the favored son of the god Zeus (Sir Laurence Olivier), but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis (Dame Maggie Smith). Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker), who used to be engaged to Thetis' son, Calibos (Neil McCarthy). Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Filmed in 1979. See more »

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Obvious tinting of film to appear night time during both scenes where Pegasus is captured (by Perseus and Calibos respectively) and the battle with the scorpions. Many publicity shots show these scenes without tinting and are clearly in broad daylight. See more »

Quotes

Zeus: Perseus has won. My son has triumphed.
Hera: A fortunate young man.
Zeus: Fortune is ally to the brave.
Thetis: What a dangerous precedent. What if there more heroes like him? What if courage and imagination became everyday mortal qualities? What will become of us?
Zeus: We would no longer be needed. But, for the moment, there is sufficient cowardice, sloth and mendacity down there on Earth to last forever.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the cast is divided into three categories: The Immortals (for the gods of Olympus), The Mortals (humans, etc.), and The Mythologicals (As Themselves) (In Alphabetical Order) Bubo, Charon, Dioskilos, Kraken, Medusa, Pegasus, Scorpions, Vulture. Those 8 are the non-human animated characters supplied by special effects. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema release was cut by the BBFC to secure an 'A' rating and removed the closeup of Calibos stabbing a man's back with a trident, as well as shortening the scene where Calibos is stabbed in the stomach by Perseus. The cuts were restored in all video/DVD releases and the certificate upgraded to a 15 (12 for the DVD). See more »


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Andromeda Rescued
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Composed and Conducted by Laurence Rosenthal
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Imaginative spectacle based on mythological Greek legends spectacularly realized by Desmond Davis
9 June 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Exciting fantasy derived from Greek mythology about heroic and handsome Perseus (Harry Hamlin ), the mortal son of God Zeus (Laurence Olivier). By answering a seemingly difficult question , winsome Perseus, the son of Zeus , wins the hand of the gorgeous Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker ,daughter of Cassiopea played by Siam Philips) in marriage . Trouble appears in the shape of monstrous Calibos (Neil McCarthy), the princess's previous love interest, and his mother, the Goddess Thetis (Maggie Smith). In order that the horrible Kraken not be released, virginal Andromeda has to be sacrificed . Then Perseus fights Dioskilos, Bubo , Charon and searches for the three Stygian witches (Flora Robson, Manahan, Freda Jackson) , confronts the snake-haired Gorgon and slays her ; her head is the only mean that can defeat the sea giant called Kraken . Perseus attempts to rescue the beautiful maid from the terrifying massive monster freed by Poseidon .

Overwhelming fantasy based on Greek legends with breathtaking special effects from pioneer Ray Harryhausen , his assistant Jim Danforth and make-up artist Colin Arthur . Extraordinary support cast playing the Mount Olympus Gods as Zeus -Laurence Olivier- , Hera- Claire Bloom- , Athena -Susan Fleetwood- , Afrodita - Ursula Andress - , Poseidon -Jack Gwillin- . However , everyone are overshadowed pretty much by the spectacular special effects created by that maestro of the great illusion Ray Harryhausen . He made cyclops in ¨ Simbad and the princess ¨ , moving skeletons in ¨ Jason and the Argonauts ¨ and cowboys against dinosaurs in the ¨ Valley of Gwangi ¨ and several others . Here Harryhausen brings to life mythological monsters as the ferryman , vulture , Pegasus , the two-headed dog called Dioskilos , giant scorpions , a silly mechanical golden owl imitating Star wars robots and many others . Well filmed at Pinewood Studios , London England and on location in Spain , Italy and Malta in co-operation with Mediterranean film facilities . Mind-numbing musical score by Laurence Rosenthal is performed by The London Symphony Orchestra and colorful cinematography by Ted Moore. It's recently filmed a remake by Louis Leterrier with Sam Worthington , Alexa Davalos and Liam Neeson.


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12 June 1981 (USA) See more »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,092,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,092,328
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