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The Odyssey 

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The warrior King Odysseus leaves his idyllic life in the kingdom of Ithaca to fight in the Trojan War. After winning the war, he now must endure a lengthy, ten-year journey to return, and ... See full summary »
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1997  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
Armand Assante ...  Odysseus 2 episodes, 1997
Greta Scacchi ...  Penelope 2 episodes, 1997
Isabella Rossellini ...  Athena 2 episodes, 1997
Bernadette Peters ...  Circe 2 episodes, 1997
Eric Roberts ...  Eurymachus 2 episodes, 1997
Irene Papas ...  Anticleia 2 episodes, 1997
Jeroen Krabbé ...  King Alcinous 2 episodes, 1997
Geraldine Chaplin ...  Eurycleia 2 episodes, 1997
Christopher Lee ...  Tiresias 2 episodes, 1997
Vanessa Williams ...  Calypso 2 episodes, 1997
Nicholas Clay ...  Menelaus 2 episodes, 1997
Adoni Anastassopoulos Adoni Anastassopoulos ...  Perimedes 2 episodes, 1997
Paloma Baeza ...  Melanthe 2 episodes, 1997
Ron Cook ...  Eurybates 2 episodes, 1997
Reid Asato Reid Asato ...  Cyclops 2 episodes, 1997
Mark Hill Mark Hill ...  Orsilicus 2 episodes, 1997
Pat Kelman ...  Elatus 2 episodes, 1997
Vincenzo Nicoli ...  Antinous 2 episodes, 1997
Sally Plumb Sally Plumb ...  Queen Alcinous 2 episodes, 1997
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Polites 2 episodes, 1997
Katie Carr ...  Nausicaa 2 episodes, 1997
Marius Combo Marius Combo ...  Agelaus 2 episodes, 1997
Alan Cox ...  Elpener 2 episodes, 1997
William Houston ...  Anticlus 2 episodes, 1997
Oded Levy Oded Levy ...  Leocritus 2 episodes, 1997
Peter Page Peter Page ...  Philotus 2 episodes, 1997
Michael J. Pollard ...  Aeolus 2 episodes, 1997
Alan Stenson Alan Stenson ...  Telemachus 2 episodes, 1997
Stewart Scudamore ...  Antiphus 2 episodes, 1997
Tony Vogel ...  Eumaeus 2 episodes, 1997
Heathcote Williams ...  Laocoon 2 episodes, 1997
Michael Tezcan Michael Tezcan ...  Eurylochos 2 episodes, 1997
Richard Truett Richard Truett ...  Achilles 2 episodes, 1997
Yorgo Voyagis ...  Agamemnon 2 episodes, 1997
Peter Woodthorpe ...  Mentor 2 episodes, 1997
Derek Lea ...  Hector 2 episodes, 1997
Frederick Stuart ...  Hermes 2 episodes, 1997
Miles Anderson ...  Poseidon 2 episodes, 1997
Alan Smithie Alan Smithie ...  Priam 2 episodes, 1997
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Aegyptius 2 episodes, 1997
Josh Maguire Josh Maguire ...  Young Telemachus 2 episodes, 1997
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The warrior King Odysseus leaves his idyllic life in the kingdom of Ithaca to fight in the Trojan War. After winning the war, he now must endure a lengthy, ten-year journey to return, and with all his wits, Odysseus must overcome deadly monsters, powerful forces of nature, seductive enchantresses, and even journey into the bowels of the Underworld.

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Rated PG-13 for violent sequences and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Greek actress Irene Papas, who played Odysseus' mother Anticlea, played notable heroines in other Greek epics. In Electra (1962), she played the played the title role, daughter of Agamemnon. In The Trojan Women (1971), she played Helen, wife of Menelaus, and in Iphigenia (1977), she was Klytaimnistra, Agamemnonas' wife. On stage, she played Hecuba, in 2003. See more »

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When, after leaving Calypso's island, Odysseus is being visibly pounded by massive waves bearing the face of Posideon. However, between these shots, he appears to be totally untouched, and not even the placement of his hair has changed. See more »

Quotes

Athena: The gods cannot do for man what man must do for himself.
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Version of As Aventuras sexuals de Ulysses (1998) See more »

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As good a book adaptation as you will ever see!
24 April 2004 | by diane-34See all my reviews

I watched this movie last evening after not seeing it for at least four years and was completely absorbed by it again. I used to show it to my year eight high school classes as a tie-in to our introductory ancient history syllabus and the movie was well received. One of the most important aspects of movie/doco watching for adolescents is the time a particular scene stays before their eyes-the longer it stays the sooner adolescent-fidget sets in and the movie/doco, regardless of its inherent strength, is lost for them. Seen from this perspective, The Odyssey is a superbly made film.

Besides this superlative editing, the strength of the characters is dominant from the opening scenes and simply becomes stronger as the movie progresses, climaxing with the wonderful Calypso scene near the end. Vanessa William's superb rendition of her character is but a mirror of the other great acting roles distributed throughout the movie. It says much about the film adaptation of a mythological work that is roughly three thousand years old that the actors can make the essential humanness of the epic ring true. Dare I say it was "believable!"

If you want to view an extremely watchable movie then make every attempt to see this one-in my opinion, everything about it is fabulous!


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18 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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