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Clash of the Titans (1981)

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


Desmond Davis


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


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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quest | gods | remade | mythology | kraken | See All (179) »


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Did You Know?


This was the only movie by Ray Harryhausen to get a "PG" rating. In the past, all of his movies were "Approved" and, as of 1969, rated "G" (especially the 1970s re-releases of some of his older movies). See more »


When Perseus is proclaiming how Pegasus can make a three-day journey in three hours, cigarette smoke is visible wafting into the upper left of the shot. See more »


[first lines]
Acrisius: Bear witness, Zeus, and all you gods on high Olympus! I condemn my daughter Danae, and her son Perseus to the sea! Her guilt and sin have brought shame to Argos! I, Acrisius the King, now purge her crime and restore my honor! Their blood is not on my hands!
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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 »


Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Topsy Turvy Plans (2020) See more »


Boyhood Of Perseus
Composed and Conducted by Laurence Rosenthal
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User Reviews

Harryhausen presents Harry Hamlin
27 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In mythological Greece, Godly leader Laurence Olivier (as Zeus) mates with a royal mortal, producing handsome, muscular adult Harry Hamlin (as Perseus). With some help from Burgess Meredith (as Ammon), Mr. Hamlin sets out to win the hand of attractive Judi Bowker (as Andromeda), but Maggie Smith (as Thetis) wants Mr. Bowker to mate with her much uglier son. Hamlin must battle all creatures great and greater, as envisioned by special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, in his last feature film...

Hamlin is a perfect Perseus, but the all-star supporting cast adds surprisingly little. Arguably the only one really earning his paycheck is Mr. Meredith. Of course, it helps that Meredith is given the least dull supporting role; others have precious little to make an impression with. The Gods are a bore. Behind his sex symbol looks, Hamlin was sometimes undervalued as a serious actor. Much later, playing a scene with him was difficult; so he keenly and generously went over the lines and motivations, making it easy. Watching Hamlin and Meredith is fun, Ms. Bowker is nakedly beautiful, and the visual effects keep it lively.

******* Clash of the Titans (6/12/81) Desmond Davis ~ Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Laurence Olivier

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12 June 1981 (USA) See more »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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