Clash of the Titans
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Clash of the Titans

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Director: Desmond Davis

Cast: Desmond Davis, Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom

     
 

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The eschewing of modern optical effects techniques in favor of the classic stop-motion animation work of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen was a delightful highlight of this action adventure that attempted to give Greek mythology the Star Wars (1977) treatment. Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, a…  See more details below

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The eschewing of modern optical effects techniques in favor of the classic stop-motion animation work of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen was a delightful highlight of this action adventure that attempted to give Greek mythology the Star Wars (1977) treatment. Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, a mortal who, due to the interference of the mighty God Zeus (Laurence Olivier), finds himself in the city of Joppa, far away from his island home. There, he falls in love with Andromeda (Judi Bowker), an imprisoned princess. To free her, win her hand, and thus half of the kingdom, Perseus solves a riddle, but Joppa's enraged ruler orders Andromeda fed to the Kraken, a towering sea monster that's the last of the powerful Titans. In his quest to save Andromeda, Perseus must endure a series of trials with the help of the winged horse Pegasus and a friendly playwright, Ammon (Burgess Meredith). His ultimate goal is to secure the head of the grotesque Gorgon named Medusa and use it to turn the Kraken into stone, but dangers await, including the hideously deformed Calibos (Neil McCarthy).Clash of the Titans was supposed to be a throwback to the sword and sandal epics of previous decades, but most viewers just wanted to throw it back. The stop-motion animation by Ray Harryhausen is a little jarring for viewers accustomed to state-of-the-art visuals -- in fact, after this last outing as head of special effects, his peculiar genius was no longer considered viable. But its appearance is not what does the movie in, because Harryhausen's creations, especially a snake-haired Medusa, are as imaginative as they are erratic. It's the humans stacked up against these visual curiosities that are lacking, notably a wooden Harry Hamlin as Perseus. They make the gaps between monsters slow and stultifying, seeming to add countless minutes to an already yawn-inducing two hours. At the time this was released in 1981, the audience for fantasy was being siphoned off by the Star Wars saga and just getting involved in Indiana Jones. There was no place for reheated leftovers like Clash of the Titans, which could have been a lot tastier with a better cast and more adventuresome storytelling. Derek Armstrong

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
UPC:
0883929100293
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
36,364

Special Features

A Conversation with Ray Harryhausen; ; Myths and Monsters Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Olivier Zeus
Harry Hamlin Perseus
Claire Bloom Hera
Judi Bowker Andromeda
Maggie Smith Thetis
Burgess Meredith Ammon
Ursula Andress Aphrodite
Susan Fleetwood Athena
Sian Phillips Cassiopeia
Tim Pigott-Smith Thallo
Neil McCarthy Calibos
Pat Roach Hephaestus
Flora Robson Witch
Anna Manahan Witch
Freda Jackson Stygian Witch
Donald Houston Acrisius
Vida Taylor Danae
Harry Jones Huntsman
Jack Gwyllim Poseidon

Technical Credits
Desmond Davis Director
Beverley Cross Screenwriter
Giorgio Desideri Art Director
Timothy Gee Editor
Fernando Gonzalez Art Director
Ray Harryhausen Producer,Special Effects
Peter Howitt Art Director
Irene Lamb Casting
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Basil Newall Makeup
John Palmer Associate Producer
Don Picton Art Director
Emma Porteous Costumes/Costume Designer
Connie Reeve Makeup
Joyce Robinson Casting
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
Charles H. Schneer Producer
Anthony Waye Asst. Director
Frank White Production Designer

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Clash of the Titans 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
ianmcg More than 1 year ago
It's nice to see Ray Harryhausen's excellent old-school animation complemented by some good acting talent instead of the B-movie types normally associated with his work. A rare star-studded film, the final from Harryhausen, worth seeing as much for a young Harry Hamlin & an old Laurence Olivier (plus Maggie Smith, Burgess Meredith, Claire Bloom etc), as it is for Medusa, the Kraken and Pegasus. My kids enjoy this just as I did when it came out.
Nursing_Student89 More than 1 year ago
If you love Greek Mythology, you probably will enjoy "Clash of the Titans." The acting is well done (not amateur) and the plot is well developed. I can watch this movie over and over, it never get's old! I loved it as a kid and I still love it today.
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I am amazed that this movie has received such a high rating. Is this because there are so few movies out related to Greek Mythology? I found the story line to be shallow, the acting drier than fire wood, the dialogue unimaginative and full of plot gaps while the special effects were somewhat comical and poor. I have seen much better work from Harryhausen, and this project was not one of his high marks. Perhaps they were under severe budget restraints. Anyway, I was not impressed with this movie, although it might be appealing to young audiences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 7th grade teacher who showed this to my class after reading many tales in Greek Mythology. My students, though their imaginations and brains spoiled by modern special effects and $300 video games, enjoyed this movie nearly as much as I did. I am overjoyed that this movie, along with others that I have shown in my classroom, was found appealing by my sometimes-uninspirable kids!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was far ahead of its time is the genre of toga wearing and greek mythology. When the guy from L.A. Law fights the ancient creatures with nothing but a pocket knife and a small bottle of Stetson you KNOW he's bad! This movie DOES raise the temperature of the room if you know what I mean. In fact, some nights my wife and I will slip this movie in and let ourselves match the intensity of the film. All in all, this movie is one to own. I really believe in this movie.
LadyKathleen More than 1 year ago
I love anything having to do with greek mythology and i loved it when i first saw it at 8 years old!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie provides an indication of persus with the special effects of the 80's. For those who like old movies this is one that needs to be in your library.
lkhopp More than 1 year ago
In anticipation for the new 2010 movie, I was delighted to find this at BN. It's a movie I loved as a kid, and really enjoyed watching it with my kids. It's old, so special effects are a bit dated, but the story is still fun - especially for those who like Greek Mythology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of my favorites and after just seeing the remake I had to have the original. The story was entertaining, and I wish the 2010 remake stuck with the same story line.
Talk2Debra More than 1 year ago
I saw the re-make of CLASH OF THE TITANS before this rendition. I found the storyline in this release to be more complete. I enjoyed it.
Fantastic_Doug More than 1 year ago
This is one unforgettable movie! In many ways,it is even better than the remake that just came out. My advice is is you should see both versions and decide for yourself. This original version is full of excitement,thrills,and pure escapism of films of a by gone era. I give it a two thumbs up approval rating!
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