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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.


Wolfgang Petersen


Homer (poem), David Benioff (screenplay)
203 ( 59)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


All the male cast had to shave or wax their chests. Eric Bana usually has a hairy chest but he had to wax it completely. See more »


Trojan priests are dressed like orthodox monks. See more »


[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

Director's Cut runs 196 minutes and features extended and deleted scenes, enhancing plot and character development, as well as featuring more sex and violence. See more »


Referenced in Host Lucie Výborné: Hana Dvorská (2017) See more »


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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Overwhelming and breathtaking epic film with all-star-cast
22 June 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It's a great adventure movie that offers a wide range of expectations of the epic genre . This historical movie deals with Troya war as a mamouth adaptation from classic poem written by Homer . Helena (Diane Kruger) , wife of Menelao of Sparta (Brendan Gleeson) , escapes with Paris (Orlando Bloom underwent archery training for his role as Legolas in Lord of the rings , 2001) and its two sequels). The Greek Army and ships go to Troya with Aquiles (Brad Pitt who trained for six months to get a body that looked like that of Greek statues) , the king of Micenas , Agamenón (Brian Cox) , and the Spartans . They fight against king of Troya (Peter O'Toole) and his sons : Héctor (Eric Bana) and Paris.

Wolfgang Petersen's film benefited from the effect "Gladiator" and offered the possibility of expanding commercial horizons towards a movie that achieved a big commercial success . The hand of the director carries out an interesting story as well as thrilling and unsweetened , reasoning the causes and motivations of their roles , taking their time and giving large doses of artistic genius . If you are accustomed to battles as Braveheart or Gladiator, you will enjoy with "Troy" , a great epic that shows the limits of the legend , which allowed Petersen to take some particular elements based on the "Illiad" of Homer . The battles are breathtaking , thousands of people took part though mostly were staged by means of computer generator . The tale is pretty violent , the struggles are very bloody and savage , in fact , Brad Pitt and Eric Bana did not use stunt doubles for their epic duel . The main cast is formed by big names who give acceptable acting . Support cast is frankly good such as Sean Bean , Garrett Hedlund , James Cosmo , Saffron Burrows , Trevor Eve , Nathan Jones , Nigel Terry , Vincent Regan , Tylor Mane and veteran Julie Christie . The movie is rated ¨R¨ for violence , profanity ,and brutal combats and that's why it isn't available for children , neither very early adolescents . Direction film by Wolfgang Petersen was allrightly made , cinematography by Roger Deakins is excellent and musical score by James Horner is spectacular , he composed the score in less than 6 weeks . Rating 7/10 above average

This events about Troy war have been adapted on various films : Silent movie titled ¨The Private life of Helen of Troy¨ by Michael Curtiz 1927 with Maria Corda , Lewis Stone ; Hollywood/Italian version ¨Elen of Troy¨ 1956 by Robert Wise with Jacques Sernas , Rosana Podesta , Stanley Baker , Harry Andrews ; Italian version 1962 ¨War of Troy¨ by Giorgio Ferroni with Steve Reeves , Juliette Mayniel, Lidia Alfonsi, Mimmo Palmara ; Italian recounting titled ¨Fury of Achilles¨ by Marino Girolami with Gordon Mitchell , Jacques Bergerac , Gloria Milland , Ennio Girolami . And a TV series 2003 by John Kent Harrison with Matthew Mardsen , Sienna Guilery, Rufus Sewell , Joe Montana,Daniel La Pine, James Callis , and Katie Blake as Cassandra.

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USA | Malta | UK



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 »


Box Office


$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,865,412, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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