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Prometheus (1998)

Prometheus is a contemporary quest story set in end-of-millennium Britain and continental Europe. It asks what humanity has made of Prometheus' gift of fire - energy, technology, expertise, but also destruction, pollution and war.

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Tony Harrison
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Credited cast:
Michael Feast ... Hermes
Walter Sparrow ... Grandad
Fern Smith Fern Smith ... Mam
Jonathan Waistnidge Jonathan Waistnidge ... Jack
Steve Huison ... Dad
Audrey Haggerty Audrey Haggerty ... Grandma
Dave Hill ... Miner
Catherine Pidd Catherine Pidd ... Daughter of Ocean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverley Ashby Beverley Ashby ... Daughter of Ocean
James Banks James Banks ... Miner
Sue Barker Sue Barker ... Daughter of Ocean
Beverley Brighton Beverley Brighton ... Daughter of Ocean
Linda Callear Linda Callear ... Daughter of Ocean
Ian Clayton Ian Clayton ... Miner
Maureen Craven Maureen Craven ... Daughter of Ocean
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Prometheus is a contemporary quest story set in end-of-millennium Britain and continental Europe. It asks what humanity has made of Prometheus' gift of fire - energy, technology, expertise, but also destruction, pollution and war.

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Canada | UK

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16 April 1999 (UK) See more »

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The statue of Prometheus that is built in the film weighed 1.2 tonnes and was covered in 4,800 sheets of gold leaf paper. It now lives in writer-director Tony Harrison's garden - he refers to it as his "garden gnome". See more »

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I consider this to be the best film I have ever seen.
19 August 1999 | by tStedallSee all my reviews

Of all the films I have seen, this must be the most intelligent and thoughtful. Many films deal with philosophical issues through characterization, plot etc, but this film takes them on directly, and the philosophy becomes the main theme rather than something that is explored as in a conventional (good) film). This is an extremely abstract film, open to a lot of different interpretations. However, if you are prepared to sit through the unconventional movie you have ever seen, and are of a cynical nature, you will love this film. It is a modern interpretation of the classical legend of prometheus, who stole fire from the gods, and is the most bitter and cutting attack on the free market economy you are likely to find. A group of unemployed steel workers are transformed into a 40 foot golden statue of prometheus, which is driven across Europe, through Auschwitz, industrial Eastern Europe, and finally to Greece. Hermes narrates. The film is so good, you wonder if the ending will let it down, but it is more inspired than you could imagine. For film fans (serious ones), those with an interest in classics and disillusioned intellectuals, this film is to die for. Everybody, attempt to see this. It is a masterpiece.


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