Clash of the Titans

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, aSee 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:
06/25/2013
UPC:
0883929351671
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video

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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