Wolfgang Petersen (2004)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This period adventure attempts to do justice to Homer's epic poem The Iliad in gory Gladiator style and, for the most part, succeeds handsomely. The Trojan War was fought for the love of a woman, the legendary beauty Helen, Queen of Sparta (played by Diane Kruger), who was seduced away from her much older husband, Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson), by the impulsive Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom). Here the aggrieved Greek forces demanding her return are led by Brian Cox's Agamemnon, who numbers the near-invulnerable Achilles (a physically imposing if rather uncomfortable-looking Brad Pitt) among his allies. On the Trojan side, Eric Bana excels as noble Hector, the older brother of Paris. Having proven he can do claustrophobic chills with Das Boot, director Wolfgang Petersen shows tremendous command of wide-open spaces, with the battle scenes being particularly stupendous. Purists may complain about the amount of dumbing down - the dialogue is occasionally more Hollywood corn than Greek tragedy - and the performances are uneven, but overall this is a visceral and exciting epic.


A Trojan prince elopes with the king of Sparta's wife, sparking a bitter and bloody war between a mighty alliance of Greek kings and the city of Troy, whose champion engages in intense personal conflict with the enemy's most formidable warrior. Wolfgang Petersen's adventure, inspired by Homer's epic poem The Iliad, with Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Sean Bean and Peter O'Toole.

Cast & Crew

Achilles Brad Pitt
Hector Eric Bana
Paris Orlando Bloom
Helen Diane Kruger
Menelaus Brendan Gleeson
Agamemnon Brian Cox (1)
Priam Peter O'Toole
Odysseus Sean Bean
Briseis Rose Byrne
Andromache Saffron Burrows
Thetis Julie Christie
Triopas Julian Glover
Nestor John Shrapnel
Patroclus Garrett Hedlund
Glaucus James Cosmo
Archeptolemus Nigel Terry
Velior Trevor Eve
Eudorus Vincent Regan
Ajax Tyler Mane
Director Wolfgang Petersen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence and a sex scene.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 May 2004