Troy
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Troy

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Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Cast: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

     
 

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Homer's sprawling tale of love and war in ancient Greece comes to the screen in all its grandeur in this epic-scale adventure. In 1193 B.C., Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom), has fallen in love; however, the beautiful woman who has beguiled him is Helen, Queen of Sparta (Diane Kruger), who is wed to King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson). While Helen is hardly immune to… See more details below

Overview

Homer's sprawling tale of love and war in ancient Greece comes to the screen in all its grandeur in this epic-scale adventure. In 1193 B.C., Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom), has fallen in love; however, the beautiful woman who has beguiled him is Helen, Queen of Sparta (Diane Kruger), who is wed to King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson). While Helen is hardly immune to Paris' charms, this doesn't blunt Menelaus' fury when Paris steals her away from him. Menelaus' brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox), the power-hungry king of the Mycenaeans, is eager to expand his empire through Troy to the lands of the Aegean Sea, and he uses Paris' romantic slight against Menelaus as an excuse to wage an all-out war against the great walled city. Priam, King of Troy (Peter O'Toole), summons his armies, led by Prince Hector (Eric Bana), to meet the onslaught of Agamemnon's forces, but while the great city has yet to yield in a battle, Agamemnon has a formidable ally -- Achilles (Brad Pitt), a mighty and seemingly unstoppable warrior whose presence could tip the scales in Agamemnon's favor. Sean Bean, Julie Christie, Saffron Burrows, and Rose Byrne highlight the film's supporting cast.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Blockbuster-averse critics unleashed their brickbats on Troy, yet this opulent Homerian epic is far from the crashing bore some said it was. In fact, the film will provide solid entertainment for viewers prepared to overlook flaws that are almost endemic to such sweeping period epics (such as accents that are all over the place). From a production standpoint, it’s simply spectacular: The fabled siege of Troy materializes on screen with scrupulous attention to detail, and expert use of computer-generated graphics enhances the illusion that vast throngs of warriors are slinging arrows and swinging broadswords. Brad Pitt acquits himself with distinction as the mighty Achilles; the erstwhile pretty boy invests the role with just the right mixture of determination and arrogance, bringing conviction to his battle scenes by virtue of a newly chiseled physique and some impressive moves perfected during months of rigorous training. David Benioff's adaptation of Homer captures all the high points, beginning with the betrayal of Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson) by his beautiful wife, Helen (Diane Kruger), and her lover, Paris (Orlando Bloom), the son of Troy's ruler, Priam (Peter O'Toole). This is just the excuse needed by power-mad Agamemnon (Brian Cox) to launch his long-desired war against the Trojans, whose capable prince, Hector (Eric Bana), alone recognizes the potential threat posed by the invaders to the seemingly impregnable city. Director Wolfgang Petersen obviously faced considerable challenges in bringing this familiar story to the screen. One, it’s fair to say, is that Kruger fails to meet the challenge of playing the woman whose face "launched a thousand ships." Still, the movie's tone is right, which counts for a great deal when working with material that lends itself so readily to campy interpretations. Troy is far from perfect, yet it may well be the best cinematic version to date of this oft-filmed tale.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Outside of its hyper-edited battle sequences, and its Hong Kong-tinged one-on-one fight scenes, Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy feels like a Victor Mature film from the 1950s. For this film to work, the actors must play larger than life, and that can lead to moments of unintentional hilarity that, for the most part, this film avoids. The earnest tone might make more than a few audience members giggle with the possibility for Mystery Science Theater 3000-like responses to the stilted dialogue, but the confident visuals and the presence of the lead actors finally do lend Troy enough self-respect that one is forced to deal with the film on its terms. Brad Pitt (displaying the most sculpted muscles of his career), Eric Bana, and Brian Cox (hamming but getting away with it) manage to pull off the more implausible dialogue passages, actually making the political intrigue in the story more engaging than the action sequences. While Troy most certainly delivers what it promises, the film can bring nothing new to the venerable sword-and-sandal genre. Pitt's character, Achilles, is driven by the need to achieve immortality through his bravery -- the desire to have his name live through history. The sad truth is that it is unlikely anyone other than personal trainers will think of this film when they discuss Brad Pitt's career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
0085391173779
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:16:00
Sales rank:
18,946

Special Features

Troy Revisited: An Introduction by Wolfgang Petersen (in High Definition); Troy in Focus: The Talent and Resources an Epic Movie Requires; In the Thick of the Battle: The Films Thrilling Action Sequences; From Ruins to Reality: The History Behind the Production Design; Troy: An Effects Odyssey: The Secrets Behind the Miraculous Special Effects; Attacking Troy: Gearing up for an On-Screen Siege ; Greek Ship Towing; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Achilles
Eric Bana Prince Hector of Troy
Orlando Bloom Prince Paris of Troy
Diane Kruger Helen, Queen of Sparta
Brian Cox Agamemnon
Sean Bean Odysseus
Brendan Gleeson King Menelaus
Peter O'Toole Priam, King of Troy
Saffron Burrows Andromache
Julie Christie Thetis
Rose Byrne Briseis
Garrett Hedlund Patroclus
John Shrapnel Nestor
Nathan Jones Boagrius
James Cosmo Glaucus
Julian Glover Triopas
Vincent Regan Eudorus
Trevor Eve Velior
Tyler Mane Ajax
Adoni Maropis Agamemnon's Officer
Jacob Smith Messenger Boy
Siri Svegler Polydora
Lucie Barat Helen's Handmaiden
Ken Bones Hippasus
Manuel Cauchi Old Spartan Fisherman
Mark Lewis Jones Tecton
Nigel Terry Archeptolemus
Owain Yeoman Lysander
Luke Tal Scamandrius
Matthew Tal Scamandrius
Louis Dempsey Aphareus
Joshua Richards Haemon
Tim Chipping Echepolus
Desislava Stefanova singing woman
Tanja Tzarovska singing woman,Singer
Alex King Apollonian Guard
Jordi Casares Horsemaster
Richard Ryan sword master
Bulgarian Women's Choir Singer
James Horner Conductor

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Petersen Director,Producer
Steve Abela Stunts
Daryl Andrews Stunts
Asen Asenov Stunts
Jillian Ashby Art Director
Alejandro Avendano Stunts
Omar Ayala Stunts
Winston Azzopardi Co-producer
Menyhert Dutombe Balog Stunts
George Barbara Stunts
David Benioff Screenwriter
Andy Bennett Stunts
Artur Berezin Stunts
Jon Billington Art Director
Jim Boyle Sound/Sound Designer
Kenneth Camilleri Stunts
Chas Cash Animator
Steve Caswell Stunts
Stuart Clark Stunts
Jonathan Cohen Stunts
Aris Comninos Stunts
Danielle Da Costa Stunts
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Andre Degabrielle Stunts
Ivan Baena Delgado Stunts
Stephen Dobric Art Director
Dimitar Doichinov Stunts
Zuzana Drdacka Stunts
Hana Dvorska Stunts
Angel Gomez Fdez Stunts
Marketa Frankova Stunts
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
Leonardo Godinez Stunts
Eduardo Gomez Stunts
Mark Franklin Henson Stunts
Daniel Hirst Stunts
Jan Holicek Stunts
Jitka Holickova Stunts
Peter Honess Editor
James Horner Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Martin Hub Stunts
Barbara Huber Associate Producer
Eunice Huthart Stunts
Rowley Irlam Stunts
Jon Paul Jones Animator
Eddie Karam Musical Arrangement
Ivo Kehajov Stunts
Tyrell Kemlo Stunts
Randy Kerber Musical Arrangement
Jindrich Klaus Stunts
Jiri Kraus Stunts
Jon Kull Musical Arrangement
Javier Lambert Stunts
Todor Lazzarov Stunts
Derek Lea Stunts
David Leitch Stunts
Guy List Stunts
David Listavan Stunts
Raul Lopez Stunts
Marc Mailley Stunts
Mauricio Martinez Stunts
Nick McKinless Stunts
Bronco McLoughlin Stunts
Mark Mottram Stunts
Daniel Naprous Stunts
Andrew Nicholson Art Director
Marc Niro Art Director
Adam O'Neill Art Director
Nigel Phelps Production Designer
Anna Pinnock Set Decoration/Design
Conrad Pope Musical Arrangement
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Cedric Proust Stunts
Diana Rathbun Producer
Buster Reeves Stunts
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Jason Snyman Animator
Mark Southworth Stunts
Tom Struthers Stunts
Lucinda Syson Casting
Joss Williams Special Effects Supervisor
Colin Wilson Producer
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design

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