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The Odyssey 

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
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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English

Release Date:

18 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Homer's Odyssey See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the cast and creative team of this mini-series are of Greek ancestry. See more »

Goofs

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

Poseidon: My goal is not to kill you. You must understand.
Odysseus: What? What?
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Odysseus: What do you want me to understand?
Poseidon: That without the gods, man is nothing.
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Version of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) See more »

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Coherent adaptation of the epic poem
7 November 2001 | by Servo-11See all my reviews

Having been forced to read The Odyssey several times throughout school in clunky and stale translations, it was very refreshing to see the story brought to life like an action movie. I don't want to sound shallow by emphasizing that aspect of the epic because I do understand and appreciate the subtler nuances and motifs of Homer's poem. However, to take it out of the classroom and turn it into a popcorn movie does not do it injustice. In fact, it gave me a better appreciation of the story and a shot in the arm to give the print version another try. Which I did. And I really enjoyed it this time. Probably the fact that I didn't have an essay assignment breathing down my neck on my last reading helped immeasurably.

Anywho, I think Armand Assante was an inspired choice for Ulysses and the supporting cast was very well-chosen too, especially Greta Scacchi and Nicholas Clay. The Scylla/Charibdis and Hydra segments were the most thrilling. Perhaps the FX weren't always top-notch, but this is TV, folks. It definitely had a storybook feel to it with the bright colors and understandable dialogue. Now, if they will only make a TV miniseries of The Iliad......


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