Troy

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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...
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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: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 883929352005
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,774

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Troy
1. Foreword [1:31]
2. Awaiting Achilles [:02]
3. "Is There No One Else?" [:28]
4. Secret Lovers [4:42]
5. Brothers' Pledges [2:37]
6. Greatest War [5:10]
7. Recruiter Odysseus [4:54]
8. Glory and Doom [1:48]
9. Royal Welcome [3:15]
10. They're Coming For Me [2:54]
11. Immortality At Troy's Shore [2:51]
12. Beach Combat [3:18]
13. Too Early In the Day [5:52]
14. No Need to Fear [4:32]
15. Spoils of War [4:51]
16. The Way I Love Helen [3:40]
17. Power, Not Love [4:16]
18. Soldiers Obey [3:35]
19. Gathering Forces [2:53]
20. Brave Offer [1:59]
21. Paris Vs. Menelaus [4:15]
22. Battle Cry [3:11]
23. Greek Retreat [4:35]
24. Weak Moral [3:36]
25. Everyone Dies [2:35]
26. Born For This War [2:18]
27. Dawn Attack [1:32]
28. Bitter Triumph [5:38]
29. Bitter Tragedy [4:12]
30. Night of Torments [3:53]
31. Summoned to Fight [4:22]
32. Now You Know [1:47]
33. Hector Vs. Achilles [3:23]
34. Desecrating the Dead [5:40]
35. A Father's Plea [2:24]
36. Achilles' Word [3:13]
37. Inspirations and Honors [2:06]
38. Parting Gift [5:52]
39. Troy Under Siege [2:01]
40. We Will Be Together [3:35]
41. Royal Bloodshed [3:10]
42. Brought to Heel [4:03]
43. I Walked With Giants [2:08]
44. End Credits [3:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Troy
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      See Disc 2 For Special Features
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English 5.1
         Français (Dubbed in Quebec)
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    We have Troy on regular format for dvd

    The blue ray and picture on this, it is amazing. The performances, action and the excitement of this film speaks for it self. One movie we have watched over and over, you won't be disappointed in this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the GREATEST true adventures of history.

    If you like adventures and long movies, this is for you. It's based on a true time in history. In all battles there are warriors. This movie has great warriors in it and keeps you glued to the TV. One of the BEST adventure movies ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Director's cut is great!!!!!!

    THe director's cut only makes this movie better than the theatrical cut. There is not much more that is needed to be said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Troy... cool, no wait, Awsome!!!

    One of my favorite war movies. This movie rocks the house!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Orlando Bloom is so Hot!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT movie but not as Homer wrote it

    This movie was great i enjoyed the battle scenes and the emotion in the movie but if you expect this movie to be just like the Iliad, its not. so if you are looking for an easy way out of reading the Iliad for school, this movie wont help. The are many people who die in the movie who dont in the book and the book is based way more on the gods and goddesses than the movie. also characters story lines are alot different from the book as well. im glad i read the Iliad and the Odyssey before seeing this movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome movie!

    It was an awesome movie, i liked it so much!! It was so interesting and if you already now the story it's fun trying to find out who is who before they say their names (but of course this is coming from me, a nerd). And I really don't know what my favorite part of the movie is. Anyway I liked it a lot and I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bana is on FIRE

    Eric Bana captivates the screen and makes this epic tale a must see movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ERIC BANA IS HOTTTTT

    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?) !!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love It!

    I was learning about ancient Greek, and decided to see this movie. I didn't think it would be that good, but I was wrong! Emotional, good directing, acting, and costumes. Very nice cast. The sword fights and battle scenes weren't really my thing, but the romance in the story was great. It doesn't exactly follow Homer's "Illiad", but definetely a good film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Good Epic Story for any Viewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unfaithful to Epic Story, bloated, lord of the rings type dark photography

    From the commercials I suspected this film would not be faithful to Homer's great classic epic, but more in keeping with typical Hollywood sword and sandal moviemaking. If this film was produced in the fifties or early sixties, it would have been a definate "B" drive-in or matinee type production; in no way in the same class as "Ben-Hur or "Spartacus". This film just has nothing to say, which is sad because Homer's great epic lot to say, about the tragedy of war, (and our understanding of the possible real historical context the Troy story might have had) I kind of bristled at the inaccuracies because the "Illiad" and its related epics is a great story! As for the inaccuracies, both Paris and Achilles ware dead before the construction of the Trojan Horse, Agamemnon died at the hands of his wife after the sack of Troy, and Menelaus went home with Helen, or ended up in Egypt depending upon what cyclic epic one has read. Anyway, I thought Brad Pitt was a pitiful choice for Achilles, Achilles had to be bigger than life. The armour was a nondescript "whatever" type will pass, and where's the chariots? Homeric battles were chariot battles in which the elite warriors rode into battle. Finally, I am getting tired of that peculiar dark photography that seems to be so prevalent in current epic movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent sword fights, poor screenplay. Worth seeing, though not great.

    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]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An epic classic

    This movie was one of the best movies of 2004. I absolutely love this movie. This movie is a classic in the tradition of "Gladiator".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice Portrayal of The Iliad

    I am a fan of Homer and of all greek mythology, and I say this is a nicely done portrayal of Homer's epic. Not great, but it is good. It was not completely accurate, but it was not completely inaccurate either. While there were a few major flaws, such as the death of Menelaus, it wasn't all that bad. Achilles was splendidly portrayed by Brad Pitt. Orlando Bloom brought Paris to life as the whimp he had been in the poem. Eric Bana did a tender but dangerous Hector, the one I had come to love in reading the book. Diane Kruger was not all that great, but she was pretty, and I think that is what mostly mattered about Helen. So overall this was a pretty good movie, and I was impressed by the portrayal of the characters. If the inaccuracies had been worked out, this movie just might have been great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Historically inaccurate but otherwise a good film

    If you are looking for a movie that closely and faithfully follows Homer's Iliad, look elsewhere. Otherwise, it is a good movie for purely mindless entertainment and Brad Pitt fans who can't get enough nude scenes. I applaud the director's efforts towards special effects and the battle scenes are well done. I agree with other reviewers that Helen's face as the cause for the launch of 1,000 ships was somewhat disappointing, but then again as I stated earlier...if you are looking for exact faithfulness to Homer's epic, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a good movie to watch and be suitably entertained, then you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not nearly as bad I I had expected

    Many of the inaccuracies have been sufficiently attacked. You¿ll have to decide how important the accurate portrayal of the Iliad is to you. I would always recommend reading the book over a movie of a book anyway. The movie does capture some main themes from the Iliad though. If you¿re like me, you generally expect Brad Pitt to detract from a movie. He surprised me by not acting so poorly that I was distracted. (despite being the central character) The battle scenes are very well done and cinematography is great. My problems with the movie include: unnecessary nude Brad Pitt scenes (undoubtedly inserted to raise female interest), the sometimes-humorous british accents, and the inaccurate emphasis of distain for the gods by many central characters. The later point seems to be a preachy commentary on the immaturity and faultiness of belief in the supernatural. Following the advice of priests is always wrong in the movie. In fact, the story tells that the error was in not listening to the priests. If you don¿t expect an absolutely amazing film, it¿s a pretty good action flick with some mythology tied in. Probably worth the time and money to rent. (especially if you want to get your woman a little excited)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best movies of the year!!!

    From the begining to the end this movie captures you. Brad Pitt did, to me, one of his greatest performances yet. Woolfgang Peterson was able to capture as much as he can of a 10 year war into a 2-3 hr movie. Everything about it was great. I recomend it to everybody.

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