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Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans

Desmond Davis (1981)

113min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
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 Students of architecture will note that the ancient theatre used in the movie is of late-Roman design and, therefore, out of date by several centuries.

Summary

A hero of ancient Greece vows to save a princess from being sacrificed to a ferocious sea monster. However, to defeat the creature he must first embark on a journey into the underworld and seize the head of the monstrous Medusa, whose gaze turns men to stone. Mythical adventure, starring Harry Hamlin, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith and Judi Bowker, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Desmond Davis
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Cinema International Corp. UK Guidance: Edited for violence and nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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