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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

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A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

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Chris Columbus

Writers:

Craig Titley (screenplay), Rick Riordan (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Lerman ... Percy Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson ... Grover
Alexandra Daddario ... Annabeth
Jake Abel ... Luke
Sean Bean ... Zeus
Pierce Brosnan ... Mr. Brunner / Chiron
Steve Coogan ... Hades
Rosario Dawson ... Persephone
Melina Kanakaredes ... Athena
Catherine Keener ... Sally Jackson
Kevin McKidd ... Poseidon
Joe Pantoliano ... Gabe Ugliano
Uma Thurman ... Medusa
Julian Richings ... Ferryman
Bonita Friedericy ... Hysterical Woman
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Storyline

When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Worlds collide.


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Rated PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Lotus Casino sequence was filmed at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. On the exterior, exclusively the entrance was decorated to look like a casino entrance, and the large, beautiful fountain in front of the entrance was built by the filmmakers as well. The rest of the casino's massive exterior bells and whistles were created by the digital effects team on the computer and inserted into the shots after filming wrapped. However, the entire interior was constructed to look an enormous, beautiful casino. The filmmakers designed the interior trimmings and decorations completely from scratch, filled the interior with very convincing casino games and indoor amusement park rides, and used a brand new Maserati to set up the "win this car" stand in the casino lobby. See more »

Goofs

After Percy enters the Lotus Casino in Vegas, the designs on his blue shirt are suddenly gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Poseidon: Zeus.
Zeus: Poseidon.
Zeus: It's been many years.
Zeus: What do you see?
Poseidon: Thunder clouds.
Zeus: But no lightning. Stolen.
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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the credits there is a scene showing Gabe Ugliano's fate on discovering Medusa's severed head. See more »

Connections

Featured in Lost in Adaptation: The Sea of Monsters (2016) See more »

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I'LL PRETEND
Written and Performed by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of New West Records
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A bit of a disappointment
12 February 2010 | by nearmissSee all my reviews

My family went to see the movie "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" today. All of us have read the books and are big fans. I do think it's interesting the comments made about how this movie is a ripoff from Harry Potter. If you actually read the book, the movie was nothing like it. I'd say it wasn't a bad way to spend a few hours. My family liked it, at no time was I wondering how long we'd been in the theatre. But where the book was great, the movie lacked...a lot.

CGI was awesome. Medusa & her snakes were amazing.

If you can avoid paying full price (where we live you can see movies on the weekends for $5 per person before noon), you won't feel like you were short-changed with this one.


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Release Date:

12 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,236,067, 14 February 2010

Gross USA:

$88,768,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$226,497,209
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2.39 : 1
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