Clash Of The Titans - 1981
Warner Bros. (6/12/1981)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
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IMDB   6.7
118 mins USA / English
DVD  Region Free   PG (Parental Guidance)
Harry Hamlin Perseus
Judi Bowker Princess Andromeda
Burgess Meredith Ammon
Maggie Smith Thetis
Ursula Andress Aphrodite
Claire Bloom Hera
Siân Phillips Queen Cassiopeia
Flora Robson Stygian Witch
Laurence Olivier Zeus
Desmond Davis
Producer John Palmer
Ray Harryhausen
Charles H. Schneer
Writer Beverley Cross
Cinematography Ted Moore
Musician Laurence Rosenthal

Clash of the Titans is based off of ancient Greek myths. The story follows the son of Zeus on his journeys though the ancient land. Persius, the brave and strong son of Zeus and a mortal mother, is banished from his home. He grows up on a remote island with his mother before being plucked out by Hera, the angry wife of Zeus. She sends him off on a hunt of sorts. He travels the world, meeting up with magical creatures, gods, and demons. Along the way, he picks up Pegasus. This winged horse helps his find and escape dangers all along the way. He also seeks out Medusa, and is warned that her stare turns any man into stone. He is tested to prove his character and his right to be accepted by the Greek gods and goddesses. And, of course, as in any good fable there is a love story. Persius has to battle the deadly Kraken for the life of the beautiful princess.
Edition Details
Distributor Warner Bros.
Release Date 6/12/1981
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen (1.85:1)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital 5.1 [French]
Stereo [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

A Conversation with Ray Harryhausen, Myths and Monsters Gallery, Theatrical Trailer

This movie has been a favorite of mine since i was a kid--i was very into Greek mythology during grade school, so i loved this film, even though i've seen it about two dozen times (it continues to be a Sunday-afternoon staple on TV). There are a number of mythological inaccuracies in this film (the Kraken wasn't a mythological monster; Perseus didn't have Pegasus, but actually borrowed Hermes' winged sandals, etc.), but it's still a good kids' introduction to ancient mythology. While the actors playing the "mortals" are definitely inferior to those playing the Gods, i suppose it works in the sense of their being the Olympians' puppets and, well, a little limpness in the thespian department is somewhat de rigeur (as is the wise/comic sidekick of Burgess Meredith and the 'little and cute' factor of the mechanical owl) for the kind of classic matinee swashbuckler that "Clash of the Titans" is.