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Clash of the Titans (1981)

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 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' 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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Plot Keywords:

quest | gods | remade | mythology | zeus | See All (131) »


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Release Date:

12 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Furia de titanes See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bubo, the mechanical owl of Athena, was introduced to capitalize on the popularity of R2-D2 from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). The name "Bubo" is a scientific term for the genus of eagle owls and horned owls, which is interesting, because the robot Bubo was modelled on a barn owl, which is the genus Tyto, and not a Bubo at all. Bubo made a cameo appearance in Clash of the Titans (2010). See more »


When Perseus is invisible, he leaves footprints which are those of modern shoes, not sandals. See more »


Zeus: Release the Krakken!
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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 »


Featured in The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) See more »


Bubo And The Dive-Bomber
Composed and Conducted by Laurence Rosenthal
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It is truly great...
9 March 1999 | by shaman-7See all my reviews

When most modern people hear the word "myth", they often "translate" it into the word "lies". To my way of thinking, that accounts for the radical differences in how this film has been evaluated by various viewers. Here is my view and I speak as a casual student of psychologist Carl Jung.

The story line is--not surprisingly--mythic. It is a grand story told on a grand scale with the best tools which were available in 1981. Note the differing ways in which Caliban and Perseus handle misfortune--how many ordinary mortals become so sorry for themselves that they much worsen their own condition? To be sure, it is an invented tale, but it is a myth, not a pack of lies.

It is hard not to like Ray Harryhausen's superior special effects. The technology is better today, but Harryhausen was and is unsurpassed at getting his "mythologicals" to act and interact with the cast.

Oddly enough, Laurence Rosenthal's score--which recently became available on CD--isn't given the attention which it deserves. The music which he composed is spirited, unique and utterly supports whatever is happening on the screen--from the seemingly careless destruction of an entire city to Perseus' "love at first sight" when he sees the sleeping Princess Andromeda.

If you have the gift of mythological consciousness, this is a "10" film for sure. If not, I feel sorry for you. Read some Jung.

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