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Clash of the Titans (1981)

Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zeus
... Hera
... Thetis
... Aphrodite
... Poseidon
... Athena
... Hephaestus
... Perseus
... Andromeda
... Ammon
... Cassiopeia
... A Stygian Witch
Anna Manahan ... A Stygian Witch
... A Stygian Witch
... Thallo
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Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis's son. 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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12 June 1981 (USA)  »

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Furia de titanes  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,092,328
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Rex Harrison was asked to play Poseidon but rejected the role as being too tiny. See more »

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Despite her firing several shots, the number of arrows in Medusa's quiver remains the same. See more »

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Zeus: Perseus and Andromeda will be happy together. Have fine sons... rule wisely... And to perpetuate the story of his courage, I command that from henceforth, he will be set among the stars and constellations. He, Perseus, the lovely Andromeda, the noble Pegasus, and even the vain Cassiopeia. Let the stars be named after them forever. As long as man shall walk the Earth and search the night sky in wonder, they will remember the courage of Perseus forever. Even if we, the gods, are abandoned or ...
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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 »


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One of Ray Harryhausen's popular films

Clash of The Titans is one of my favorite films from special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, and it is also one of his last films in the 1980s. This film is also one of the last films to star Laurence Olivier; I have three of his Shakespeare films. And lastly I do study World Mythology as a hobby not just Greek but other countries too. There are five things I have found in the storyline, that differs from the original myths :

1. In the original story, Acrisius wasn't jealous of Danae. An oracle warned Acrisius that Danae's son would someday kill him, so Acrisius shut Danae in a bronze room, away from all male company. However, Zeus conceived a passion for Danae, and came to her through the roof, in the form of a shower of gold that poured down into her lap; as a result she had a son, Perseus. When Acrisius discovered Perseus, he locked both mother and son in a chest, and set it adrift on the sea. The chest came ashore at Seriphus. After his great adventure of slaying Medusa, Perseus and Danae returned to Argos in search of his grandfather, but Acrisius had gone to Larissa. When Perseus arrived there, funeral games were being held and Perseus, being a great athlete, joined in. However, during the discus throwing an accident occurred. By chance the discus Perseus had thrown hit Acrisius and killed him; the prophecy had come true.

2. In Mythology, Thetis wasn't a sea goddess, but one of the Nereids (sea nymphs) and also mother to the hero Achilles (not Calibos he is an original), whom she tried unsuccessfully to make immortal. She dipped the child in the river Styx holding him by the heel. All the parts that the river touched became invulnerable, but the heel remained dry. Achilles was later killed in the Trojan war.

3. In Mythology, Pegasus the winged horse,was fathered by Poseidon with Medusa. When her head was cut of by the Greek hero Perseus, the horse sprang forth from her pregnant body. His galloping created the well Hippocrene on the Helicon (a mountain in Boeotia).

4.The Kraken was not the name of a titan in Greek mythology, but a sea monster from Scandinavian mythology. And...

5. In Mythology, Medusa was not a priestess; but she was a beautiful maiden. She desecrated Athena's temple (not Aphrodite's) by lying there with Poseidon. Outraged, Athena turned Medusa's hair into living snakes.

I love the film's Princess Andromeda. This might seem strange to you guys, but I put her on a list I have made of my favorite movie princesses animated or live action. Overall, this film is an awesome fantasy to enjoy with all the adventure, humor and romance.


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