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The Odyssey

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1997
  • Andrei Konchalovsky
  • 172 mins

Summary

Adaptation of Homer's epic tale, chronicling the adventures of Odysseus. The hero king of Ithaca is returning homewards from the war with Troy when the gods intervene and set him seemingly impossible tests, sending him on detour that is to last for many years. Meanwhile, his unfortunate wife fends off unwanted suitors, who are confident her husband will never return from his quest. With Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabella Rossellini and Christopher Lee.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Whittled down from a mini-series, this lavish dramatisation of Homer's epic poem benefits from state-of-the-art special effects. It also has some breathtaking Mediterranean scenery, including the ruins of Troy that lend unrivalled authenticity to the famous Trojan Horse episode. Armand Assante is suitably heroic as Odysseus, encountering the Cyclops, the treacherous Eurymachus and the bewitching Circe and Calypso during his 20-year adventure. Andrei Konchalovsky directs with a judicious blend of mythical spectacle and philosophical insight, and expertly handles a stellar cast that includes Isabella Rossellini as Athene and Greta Scacchi as Penelope.

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Credits

Cast

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OdysseusArmand Assante
PenelopeGreta Scacchi
AtheneIsabella Rossellini
CirceBernadette Peters
EurymachusEric Roberts
AnticleaIrene Papas
King AlcinousJeroen Krabbé
EurycleiaGeraldine Chaplin
TiresiasChristopher Lee
CalypsoVanessa L Williams
MenelausNicholas Clay
EurybatesRon Cook
AeolusMichael J Pollard
TelemachusAlan Stenson

Crew

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DirectorAndrei Konchalovsky

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for violence.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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