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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.

Director:

Desmond Davis

Writer:

Beverley Cross
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Dame Maggie Smith (Thetis) was married to screenwriter Beverley Cross, who had previously written another mythology movie, Jason and the Argonauts (1963), for producer Charles H. Schneer. It was due to her friendship with Sir Laurence Olivier that she was able to convince him to join the cast as well. See more »

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As Perseus and the three soldiers are walking through the tunnel on the Isle of the Dead, you can see the flame of the torch through Perseus's head. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Z Nation: No Mercy (2016) See more »

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The Lovers
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Composed and Conducted by Laurence Rosenthal
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Pretty Good, All Things Considered
13 May 1999 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It's always difficult to review something in 1999 which was made 18 years earlier. The first thing that people do is to criticize the special effects. Does this mean that every movie made before computer graphics should be rejected out of hand. Should we start by throwing out The Wizard of Oz because the flying monkeys used piano wires? It ultimately gets down to whether there is a story worth telling and how well that story is told. Clash of the Titans is not a masterpiece. It does, however, tell a pretty good story. The characters are interesting and the thread of mythology is interesting enough to carry it to its conclusion. The special effects are the stop action kind that were the only thing available at this time. Believe me, they were a lot of fun when the movie first came out.

This tells the story of Perseus who is not as well known in mythology as say Hercules, Theseus, or Jason, but his story is a fun one. The quest for the evil Medusa, the need to figure out a way to defeat her without being turned to stone, the evil Calibos (a complete creation), and, of course, the beautiful Andromenda (Judi Bowker, who is absolutely stunning) is the prize. It is paced nicely and the scenery is pretty breathtaking. The music is also very nice. I enjoyed the creatures. I liked the boatman and the river of death. I liked Pegasus, I liked the sound effects. But I don't mind suspending my disbelief.

The downsides are numerous but I think they have more to do with what the director chose to do. The gods and goddesses are stiff and uninteresting, including Laurence (anything for a buck) Olivier. Some pretty important actors to throw away at these Olympian debriefings. They could have lost the owl. He is a mini version of R2-D2 with his silly metallic bleeps and erratic actions. I'm sure they did this for the kids but it really diminished the integrity of the story. Still, if you allow yourself, you can have a lot of fun with this film.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 June 1981 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,092,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,092,328
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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