Clash of the Titans

  • 12
  • Desmond Davis (1981)
  • US / UK
  • 113 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This star-studded fantasy adventure is almost a rerun of Jason and the Argonauts, only this time it's Perseus, Andromeda and assorted giant livestock who go through their mythological paces. Harry Hamlin certainly has the muscles to play the heroic Perseus, but when it comes to the touchy-feely stuff, he and Judi Bowker make anaemic lovers. Thankfully, Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion special effects are as wonderfully wobblesome as ever and he comes up with some memorable monsters, notably the petrifying Gorgon Medusa. Dressed in a white bathrobe and a Santa Claus beard, Laurence Olivier overacts dreadfully as Zeus, but fans of the genre will still find plenty here to enjoy. Students of architecture will note that the ancient theatre used in the movie is of late-Roman design and, therefore, out of date by several centuries.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Laurence Olivier and Harry Hamlin. Perseus, son of Zeus, sets out to win the love of the beautiful Andromeda by overcoming the terrifying monsters set in his path by the other gods on Mount Olympus. They include a two-headed dog, the deadly Gorgon Medusa and a horrifying giant sea monster called the Kraken.

Cast and crew

Cast

Zeus
Laurence Olivier
Perseus
Harry Hamlin
Hera
Claire Bloom
Thetis
Maggie Smith
Aphrodite
Ursula Andress
Andromeda
Judi Bowker
Poseidon
Jack Gwillim
Athena
Susan Fleetwood
Hephaestus
Pat Roach
Ammon
Burgess Meredith
Cassiopeia
Sian Phillips
Thallo
Tim Pigott-Smith
Calibos
Neil McCarthy
Acrisius
Donald Houston

Crew

Director
Desmond Davis

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Cinema International Corp. UK
Guidance: 
Edited for some of its violence and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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