Helen of Troy

Overview

Rossana Podesta may not quite possess the face that would launch a thousand ships, but she is otherwise convincing in the title role of Helen of Troy. Filmed in Italy, this super-epic costars Jacques Sernas as Paris of Troy, who sails to Sparta to secure a peace treaty between the two powerful Greek city-states. When he falls in love with Helen, Queen of Sparta, Paris loses all sense of diplomacy. Helen is willingly "abducted" by Paris and spirited off to Troy, thereby sparking a long and bloody war, which ...
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Overview

Rossana Podesta may not quite possess the face that would launch a thousand ships, but she is otherwise convincing in the title role of Helen of Troy. Filmed in Italy, this super-epic costars Jacques Sernas as Paris of Troy, who sails to Sparta to secure a peace treaty between the two powerful Greek city-states. When he falls in love with Helen, Queen of Sparta, Paris loses all sense of diplomacy. Helen is willingly "abducted" by Paris and spirited off to Troy, thereby sparking a long and bloody war, which culminates with the legendary Trojan Horse. Torin Thatcher costars as warrior leader Ulysses, while Sir Cedric Hardwicke plays Priam, the pacifistic king of Troy who is overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control. Also on hand is Stanley Baker as Achilles who ends up with an arrow you-know-where and Niall MacGinnis as Helen's husband Menelaus.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Lavishly appointed and filled with a cast of seeming thousands, Helen of Troy doesn't disappoint in the budget but does fall rather flat in the drama department. For those who enjoy scenes of hundreds of period-clad Greek warriors fighting with spears and shields and all manner of other ancient weaponry, Helen will not disappoint. But for those who demand an intelligent and literate screenplay, or a witty one, or even one which just captures one's interest and keeps one engaged, Helen is rough going. Turgid is the best word for the writing, followed by boring. Better epic films have been formed from such screenplays, of course, but director Robert Wise is not able to pull off that trick here. Wise frames his pictures beautifully, and he knows how to choreograph a fight scene, how to make sure the audience knows where to look and who to see. But in Helen, he doesn't use his dramatic sense to make all of this add up to something worth seeing, something worth following; as a result, Helen plods along. As the title character, Rossana Podesta is truly a stunner in the looks department; she is rather more pedestrian in the acting area. Ditto for Jacques Sernas. There is some good work from the supporting cast, but not enough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • UPC: 085391155737
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rossana Podestà Helen of Troy
Jacques Sernas Paris
Cedric Hardwicke Priam
Stanley Baker Achilles
Niall MacGinnis Menelaus
Robert Douglas Agamemnon
Nora Swinburne Hekuba
Torin Thatcher Odysseus
Harry Andrews Hector
Ronald Lewis Aeneas
Brigitte Bardot Andraste
Marc Lawrence Diomedes
Maxwell Reed Ajax
Robert Brown Polydorus
Barbara Cavan Cora
Patricia Marmont Andromache
Guido Notari Nestor
Tonio Selwart Alephous
George Zoritch Dancer
Esmond Knight High Priest
Jeanette Scott Cassandra
Terence Labrosse Patroclus
Eduardo Ciannelli Andros
Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Edward Carrere Art Director
Roger Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Gray Screenwriter
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
N. Richard Nash Screenwriter
Madi Obolensky Choreography
Thomas Reilly Editor
Max Steiner Score Composer, Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
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