Troy

Troy

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Director: Wolfgang Petersen, Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

Cast: Wolfgang Petersen, 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

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
UPC:
0883929276776
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
3:16:00

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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Troy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brad Pitt, Rose Byrne, Eric Bana and Peter O'Toole were outstanding in their role. Agamenian was something else also in his role. I am sorry that Archilles killed Hector and sorry that Archilles died. Because of Archilles love for Breises and her love for Archilles, I believe he would have changed for the better. A sequeal to Troy should be made. Breises should have a child for Archilles and let the child grow up. A little more romance and a little less war although, I know the picture depicted war but love as well......DENISE E. HURST
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Good movie. Too much eye candy for the women, though. And Brad Pitt had some good fight moves, but overdid the stab-in-the-back thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
eric bana captivates the screen with his courage, charm, BODY, and devotion. U HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE, it's great and has ERIC BANA (need i say more?) !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was kind of boring. Orly's part was kind of bad. The movie was ok, but it could have been a little better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps it was the directing, perhaps the acting, or maybe it was the fight scenes, or maybe . . . it was all three. When I saw this movie I wasn't expecting much, I thought it would be a copy of Gladiator or Braveheart, when I couldn't be further from the truth. I heard that this movie was either a hit or a miss, but may ask 'who is it a miss to? I have watched all sorts of movies throughout my life, and I found this one to be quite astonishing. I have yet to read the book it is based on, but I know someone who has, and they told me it was a perfect copy. I guess that I know now that what I hear isn't always true, I found that most of the reviews said it was good. This movie is eccelent, a good plot that comes together, good acting( I wouldn't say great, but good), and very well directed by Wolfgang Peterson( Das Boot, The Perfect Storm). Peterson uses his ability to create realistic graphics very well in this movie and that is another thing that I found pleasing, the battles and the special effects are well done. This is a new classic film in my opinion, and it will live on to please others as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The battle scenes are great, the fighting techniques are also great,cinementagraphy excellent. However,so many inaccuracies in the movie;Menelaus does not die;Ajax is not killed by Hector etc.Poetic license is one thing, but to deliberately change the classic poem is almost a sacralidge.Also nothing personal,but the actress who played Helen was not beliveable as 'the face that launched a thousand ships'.She was not stunning or spectacular in any way! Over all it is a must see movie.I did not expect it to be a huge success because like 'God and generals' it is a historical movie.People are not as well read or literate as they used to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally the great Greek hero of mythology is adequately translated to film. This is a relentless version of Homer's Iliad. Unfortunately, it screws up the myth, by killing off Menelaus and having Helen escape with Aeneas at the end (probably along with Paris.) So this is not LOTR in terms of faithfulness to the classic adventure. But the thrilling exploits of Achilles are dramatically done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I naturally never attended to see this movie, but a friend recommended me to it so I just thought, what the hey, might as well. As soon as it started, I was deeply engrossed in the film. To me it was quite extrodinary. Personally, I have yet to read the Illiad (sorry if I spelled that incorrectly) so I cannot compare the film to Homer's work, but in all I thought it was very good. Brad Pitt is a very convincing and gripping Achillis and you fall in love with Paris who brings upon a war to be with the woman he loves. This movie certainly got me more interested in Greek mythology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is quite spectacular and has many things to recommend it. Unfortunately, it has many flaws as well. The great Homer epic still waits for a filmmaker who can do it justice. On balance, though, Wolfgang Petersen's version is worth seeing. I liked the sword fights, particularly the one between Achilles and Hector. I've practiced a form of fencing myself, and I must say that Brad Pitt and Eric Bana did bring the legendary heroes to life! This is exactly how two strong, skillful, reckless young man would fight it out. It was 100% believable, which is very rare in movies. As an extra bonus, the armor was believable too -- modeled after Greek pottery art. Achilles shield, however, was very disappointing. According to legend, it was made by Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, and the Iliad devotes pages to its description. One would expect a glorious recreation on the screen, but alas. Hollywood's main goal was to keep production costs low and make a crowd pleaser for profit. The effort to please the female audience is especially transparent. So, Brad Pitt strips on several occasions and almost lets a slave girl cut his throat to prove a philosophical point. The hero of heroes, craving for glory on the battlefield, doesn't mind to be slain in bed by a woman... Ha!! This made me think how each culture reinterprets the stories of the past through the beliefs of the present. The Iliad glorifies the ideals of bronze-age Greece, where a hero's worth was measured by how many men he slew and how many women he raped. There are perhaps a hundred battles in the Iliad and only one family scene. In the movie we have three battles and three love stories, one of which (Achilles and Briseis) is totally made up. At the same time, the moving parting scene of Hector and Andromache gets perhaps 30 seconds on screen. Peter O'Toole delivers an outstanding performance as the old Priam, whose submission to the will of the gods comes straight from the Iliad. In Homer's tale, the outcome of the war ultimately depends on which Olympian god is allowed by Zeus to interfere the most. In the movie, the gods exist only in the human mind, and rather mockingly at that. Nietzsche said gods die when people stop believing in them. This movie demonstrates that the Olympians are dead today. I wonder, will the jealous god of Abraham suffer a similar fate in some future age? [6 June 2005]
Guest More than 1 year ago
This, in my opinion was the most entertaining film of 2004. The movie was grand and richly made!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ive always had a huge crush on brad pitt, but when i saw him with his new muscles and grown out hair all i could think of was HOT!!. But this movie also makes you believve that your actually there, and your caught up in the moment. But hotties brad pitt, orlando bloom, and eric bana dont hurt at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although it strays from "The Iliad", "Troy" is a great! movie! I was amazed that I liked it so much. It's a very good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, Orlando Bloom took over the big screen as Hot Prince Paris who sweeps the hot girl off her feet.But I must give Eric Bana, who plays Prince Hector,two thumbs up(plus he's hot!!) You must see this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was amazing. Some things were not exactly in line with the Iliad itself, but this was a great depiction. I think the acting and the cast suited everything, and like any successful production, puzzle pieces feel right into place. Certain scenes were sensitive, where a lot of emotion was displayed - anger, love, pride etc. I think that any person interested in a movie that can move the way you think and your reflections of movies would love this movie. Acting, Effects, Screenplay, Cinematography were all amazing and I reccomend a read of the Iliad by Homer before watching this movie. You'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie itself wasnt all that. it was good but nothing to go crazy over.a thing to be crazy over are the actors. they are sooo HOT. all 3 of them. BRAD PITT ERIC BANA AND ORLANDO BLOOM. if not for the movie u should watch it for them