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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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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 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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UK | Italy | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Odysseus' protector is the goddess Athena. He angers the god Poseidon. Athena and Poseidon are longtime rivals in mythology, having fought over the patronage of the city-state that would be known as Athens (so, clearly, Athena won that battle). See more »

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As Odysseus scales the mountain to see Circe, Hermes feeds him grass to protect him from her spells. When Odysseus first opens his mouth to eat the grass, you can tell that his mouth is already stained green from eating grass, presumably from an earlier take. See more »

Quotes

Cyclops: What is it?
Odysseus: It's wine, that's the drink of the gods. Here. Try.
Cyclops: I like it. Another. What is your name?
Odysseus: My name?
Polites: He is the lord of
[is silenced before he can reveal Odysseus's identity]
Odysseus: My name is Nobody. No body.
Cyclops: Alright Nobody, in the morning you will tell me more secrets after I eat.
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Version of Ulysses (1954) See more »

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Richly crafted, supremely entertaining epic
31 October 2005 | by houseofjamesSee all my reviews

This is a fine, beautifully crafted version of Homer's The Odyssey. Armand Assante gives a sterling performance as the King of Ithica, who's journey to return from the siege of Troy leads him on a 20-odd year quest to find his way home to his beloved wife Penelope.

If you have read The Odyssey, you will know what kind of challenge it would have been to adapt it into a coherent film and the filmmakers here did a superb job. In capturing all of the excitement, enticement and rollicking adventure of the epic, they brought to life a superlative story rich in imagination.

Kudos to the fine cast, including Eric Roberts as Eurymachus, Greta Scacchi as Penelope and an arresting cameo by Christopher Lee as the blind prophet Tiresias. Eduard Artemyev melodious score only adds to the epic feel.

Not without flaws (Troy is skimmed by a little too fast, and some of the visual effects are a little clunky), but the human element of the story is well dramatized. A supremely entertaining epic.


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