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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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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 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
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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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English

Release Date:

18 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2 parts)

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Irene Papas played Penelope in Franco Rossi's mini-series Odissea (1968). See more »

Goofs

As the soldiers run down the hill as Odysseus yells "Fight, fight, fight!", one can briefly see a crew member with a blue shirt and black sunglasses standing behind them. See more »

Quotes

Aeolus: Ha ha ha! Are you surprised? Admit it! Ha ha! I can see you're surprised.
Odysseus: Who are you?
Aeolus: I am Aeolus, God of Wind. This is my island where soft breezes and raging tempests all begin.
Odysseus: Well, I'm honored, but why do you not allow me to drink?
Aeolus: Because I know you, Odysseus, Lord of Ithaca. Do not be afraid. Step through the water. I have something for you. Come along!
Odysseus: You know me?
Aeolus: Everyone knows of Odysseus, the great hero who built the Trojan Horse. But, few Greeks know that you're the only one who ...
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Surprising; Eye-Filling and Important; The Finest Classical Spectacle Yet
28 July 2005 | by silverscreen888See all my reviews

"The Odyssey", purportedly the work of the same man who wrote "The Iliad", is a long epic poem which is world-renowned as a tale of adventure. The greatness of this adaptation is that the ethical central character, Odysseus or 'Ulysses', King of Ithaca, is treated as the first man in history able to think rationally--to control his passions. The filmmakers do not spend more than a few minutes on the "Odysseys" background, the war by the ancient Argives' alliance against the city of Ilium or "Troy". The thrust of the piece is the wanderings undertaken by Ulysses AFTER he returns home safely from that war. His wife Penelope waits for him; his family never gives up. But meanwhile, even as his son grows, the kingdom's nobles grow bolder. They demand Penelope marry one of them, since they believe Ulysses is dead. By night, Penelope unweaves what she has woven of her wedding dress during daylight. The bulk of the film follows Ulysses on what amounts to a shipborne Cook's tour of fictionally-reworked famous ancient places about the Mediterraean, to confrontations with the man-eating Cyclops and his herd of sheep, with Circe the goddess who can transform men into swine, with the Lotos eaters and the Gulf of the world. This movie is a special-effects extravaganza with high-tech effects and a solid cast to back up the adventure by way of intelligent direction and good dialogue. The very large made-for-television epic was directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Konchalovsky did the adaptation and Christopher Solimine the teleplay. The bright cinematography for a very long and colorful adventure was the work of Sergei Kopzlov, the original music composed by Eduard Artemyev; the elaborate set decorations were done by Kren Brooks, with costumes by Charles Knode. The outstanding production design was the achievement of Roger Hall. In the huge cast, Armand Assante seemed an intelligent Odysseus save that he lacked a classical speech training. Greta Scacchi was Penelope, Isaballa Rossellini Athena, Irene Papas Anticleia, and Jeroen Krabbe King Alcinous. Vanessa Williams played Calypso, Christopher Lee Tiresias, Bernadette Peters Circe and Geraldine Chaplin played Eurycleia. Many others enacted the parts of persons in the Trojan War, the suitors at Ithaca's court, assorted divinities and personages encountered by Odeysseus and his mates in the course of his ship's many adventures. Katie Carr was Nausicaa, who helped him when he was shipwrecked; and Alan Stenson portrayed Odysseus's son Telemcahus. From the Trojan sequences to the slaughter of the offending nobles by team-Ulysses, he in disguise using an ancient horn-bow only he could string to perform the deed, this is an exciting, eye-filling and well-planned cinematic adventure. It was a great surprise when it was offering among many mean-streets naturalistic films in 1997. Not to be missed.


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