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Troy (2004)

R | | Drama, History | 14 May 2004 (USA)
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An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Homer (poem), David Benioff (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Glover ... Triopas
Brian Cox ... Agamemnon
Nathan Jones ... Boagrius
Adoni Maropis ... Agamemnon's Officer
Jacob Smith ... Messenger Boy
Brad Pitt ... Achilles
John Shrapnel ... Nestor
Brendan Gleeson ... Menelaus
Diane Kruger ... Helen
Eric Bana ... Hector
Orlando Bloom ... Paris
Siri Svegler ... Polydora
Lucie Barat Lucie Barat ... Helen's Handmaiden
Ken Bones ... Hippasus
Manuel Cauchi ... Old Spartan Fisherman
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Storyline

It is the year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age. Two emerging nations begin to clash after Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband, Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnon to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the never before defeated Trojans. But they come to a stop by Hector, Prince of Troy. The whole movie shows their battle struggles and the foreshadowing of fate in this adaptation of Homer's classic "The Iliad." Written by Mensur Gjonbalaj

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For Destiny See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment near the end of the movie, Paris hands the Sword of Troy to a young man named Aeneas, telling him that as long as the sword is held by a Trojan, their people will always have a home. According to one origin story of the great city, Rome was founded by Aeneas and his company of refugees after a long series of adventures following the sack of Troy, as told in the story "Aeneid" written by Virgil. Therefore, the Trojans ultimately got their revenge on the Greeks, as Rome would go on to supplant Greece as the ruler of the Mediterranean (and most of the then-known) world. See more »

Goofs

During the battle in front of the gate of Troy, the dead are in a line where the two armies clashed. The dead are obviously rubber dummies based on how they move when stepped on. Also, no dead are seen towards the rear of the field, where victims of the archers would be expected. See more »

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[first lines]
Odysseus: [voiceover] Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?
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Alternate Versions

The television edit cuts away from every blow, never showing anyone getting stabbed or receiving any injury until after the carnage is over. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Winds of Change (2015) See more »

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Music by James Horner
Lyric by Cynthia Weil
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Josh Groban with Tanja Tzarovska
Mixed by Humberto Gatica (uncredited)
Josh Groban appears courtesy of 143 Records/Reprise Records
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Some unforgivable mistakes took the magic away
19 October 2005 | by mynystrySee all my reviews

Troy could have been a great epic film... if wouldn't have been for some really disrespectful and unnecessary alterations that they did to the immortal story, the great Iliad written by Homer, and considered a masterpiece of literature through thousands and thousands of years... but this guys here just modified it like if all this wouldn't matter...

Note: Spoilers coming!

Yeah! I am talking about Menelaus killed cowardly by Hector, or Agamemnon killed by Briseis, or Achilles being the cousin of Patroclus, or Hector killing one of the Ayaces, and where is the other Ajax, Diodemes, and all the other Heroes??? If it would not have been for these alterations to the original story, which really disturbed be (if you ever read the Iliad, you'll understand me)and which i really regard as unnecessary, and the usual Hollywood crap added to most American films (a good dose of machismo, exaggeration, historical inaccuracy, etc) This could have been a great film but unfortunately it is not...

But this movie is also far away from being a terrible film. The director and the actors did a nice job, Brad Pitt acts very good as usual, The guy that plays Hector does it in an amazing way too, taking most of the sympathy of the public. The movie is exciting and the battles are good, my favorite scene is before Achilles fights Hector, and he repeats the same line that in Homer's book "There are no pacts between men and lions"!! Another thing that I quiet liked and that was different that the book, is that in the film the GODS don't have much to do with the story, while in the Iliad they are central... but that's not too bad, I didn't miss Zeus or Apollo in the film, and I think this is a smart move for the film, because including the Gods would have been quiet difficult for a film like this.

What i missed was the respect for some important aspects of the story, which i mentioned before, and which were removed unscrupulously ... It could have been and immortal epic, but those omissions and alterations are unforgivable, and bring my given note from 10/10 to 7/10


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Country:

USA | Malta | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled 'The Illiad' Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Blue Lagoon, Comino, Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,865,412, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$133,378,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$497,409,852
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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