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Helen of Troy 

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The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war.




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Complete series cast summary:
Emilia Fox ...  Cassandra, Princess of Troy 2 episodes, 2003
James Callis ...  Menelaus / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Daniel Lapaine ...  Hector 2 episodes, 2003
Nigel Whitmey ...  Odysseus 2 episodes, 2003
Stellan Skarsgård ...  Theseus 2 episodes, 2003
Joe Montana ...  Achilles 2 episodes, 2003
Katie Blake ...  Clytemnestra 2 episodes, 2003
Craig Kelly ...  Pollux 2 episodes, 2003
Manuel Cauchi ...  Paris' Father 2 episodes, 2003
Kristina Paris Kristina Paris ...  Iphigenia 2 episodes, 2003
Mat Fraser ...  Calchas 2 episodes, 2003
Maryam d'Abo ...  Queen Hecuba 2 episodes, 2003
Sienna Guillory ...  Helen 2 episodes, 2003
Matthew Marsden ...  Paris 2 episodes, 2003
John Rhys-Davies ...  King Priam of Troy 2 episodes, 2003
Rufus Sewell ...  Agamemnon 2 episodes, 2003
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The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war.

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This adaptation changes several aspects of the original legend of Helen. The gods play almost no role in the characters' lives, Helen is not shown to have any children and it's not explained how Cassandra supposedly got her powers. Instead, the series plays the story like a brutal historical event with little supernatural elements. See more »


When a guard announces that the Greek Navy is approaching, people gets frightened and run everywhere. Among them is a man leading a group of Southern American llamas. Old Worlders did not see llamas before the Spanish conquest of Peru in 1532, and it wasn't until even later when the first live llamas were brought to Europe. Today, llamas are still not common farm animals in Anatolia. See more »


Hector: The prophecy has been fulfilled.
Paris: What prophecy?
Hector: Because you live, we all must die.
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Remembered This Way
9 August 2004 | by silverpr1nt_02See all my reviews

There are many different stories and interpretations of Homer's Iliad, or better known as the 'Trojan War.' 'Helen of Troy' is one movie that showed a different perspective of the events in the leading lady's point of view.

The Iliad written by Homer, from which this film was based on, talks about the 'greatest war story ever told': the infamous 'Trojan War.' This legendary epic began with the elopement of Helen, the fairest woman in the land, and Troy's cursed Prince Paris. Menelaus, her husband, mad with jealousy and broken pride, allied with his brother, Agamemnon, to wage a war against Troy. They put together a great army consisting of the greatest and bravest warriors of their land, Greece. When they arrived at Troy, a dispute rose between Agamemnon and Achilles because of their women prizes, Chryseis and Briseis. This resulted to Achilles' refusal to participate in the war for nine years. During that time, victory for each country wavered as the gods and goddesses in Olympus helped their favorite side. When Achilles decides to fight at last, it is in revenge for his best companion, Patroclus who was killed by Hector. He slew Hector and dragged his body to his camp. Despite Zeus' disagreement, Hector died because he was fated to do so. Odysseus came up with the idea of the Wooden Horse. He planned to get inside the gates of Troy so they could finally attack. The Trojans brought in the horse and when night fell, the Greeks attacked the Trojans, burnt their houses, killed their children and took their women as prizes.

The characters portrayed in the movie were fashioned in such a way that they appeared to be real and complex human beings. They gave in to their desires and to their human weaknesses such as pride, jealousy and anger but they also fought for justice, honor and love. Therefore you can easily sympathize and understand their actions and decisions since we all have the same human flaws and experiences. Most of the characters in 'Helen of Troy' were very much true to the original text in the Iliad. However, some key roles were fabricated to make the audience sympathize and admire characters like Paris, Helen and Menelaus as opposed to their selfish and arrogant personalities in the Iliad. They acted very well and very convincing such that they become distinct from the other characters in the story. Each person was unique to the other.

The script of the movie was true to the text to some extent. The beginning of 'Helen of Troy' started with the judgment of Paris in Mount Ida, which first introduced the prince to Helen. He was banished from Troy to the mountain as an infant because of Cassandra's prophecy that he will cause the end of their country. He finds out that he is a prince of Troy when he defeats Hector in a game and is finally accepted into the family despite his sister's constant protests. During her sister's wedding, Helen was abducted by Theseus and was brought to his country. They stayed together for a few years and Helen started falling in love with him until Pollux came to save her and was killed in the process. Theseus also died and Helen was brought back to Sparta where her father, Tyndareus, gave her away to the soldiers. The soldiers couldn't deny her beauty but decided to choose the husband by tossing rings. The one closest to the jar was Menelaus' and therefore, they married. Once, Paris went to Sparta to make peace with the city but when he sees Helen, they fall in love. They elope and when Menelaus found out about this, he associated with his brother, Agamemnon. Upon Reaching Troy, Menelaus first decides to talk to Priam, the country's king. Priam refuses to give Helen back and that's where the war began.

Overall, the movie, 'Helen of Troy', has been loyal to the original text in the Iliad except in some aspects. They both portray roughly the same roles and personalities of the characters. Although love was not a plausible theme in Homer's text as shown in the movie and the gods' influencing the waves of war weren't concretely depicted in the film, other themes like pride and honor coincided in both. The changes in the script didn't ruin the outcome of the movie. They just served as a form of exaggeration to further establish the uniqueness of the characters. The Iliad is classic, and it should be remembered this way.

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20 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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