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Clash of the Titans

A 1981 fantasy film directed by Desmond Davis and featuring stop motion animation by the legendary Ray Harryhausen.

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classic Harryhausen epic; finally on DVD

  • Sep 24, 2002
I remember watching this film in awe and rapture the first time when I was at school, studying Greek mythology. This classic good-defeating-evil story is always a dizzying adventure from start to finish.

CLASH OF THE TITANS tells the story of young Perseus (Harry Hamlin - TV's "L.A. Law"), the illegitimate son of the god Zeus (Laurence Olivier). Perseus discovers his ultimate destiny when he is mysteriously transported to the city of Joppa. There, he learns of the fair Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker), who is doomed to live her life challenging suitors with impossible riddles, given to her by the deformed Calibos.

Perseus solves her riddle, and is about to marry her, when the angered patron goddess of Joppa, Thetis (Maggie Smith), denounces the union and orders that Andromeda be chained to the foot of the sacrificial stone in a month's time, to be fed to the last of the Titans, the Kraken.

Perseus must find a way to defeat the Kraken, and sets off on a perilous quest to discover the answer...

Gorgeous romantic-adventure. Laurence Rosenthal's score perfectly captures the mood of the movie. Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion effects look quite obvious in this new digital age, but serve their purpose wonderfully.

Also starring Burgess Meredith, Claire Bloom, Ursula Andress, Sian Phillips and Flora Robson.

The DVD includes the featurette "A Conversation with Ray Harryhausen", "Map of Myths and Monsters" feature and the trailer. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).

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review by . July 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*1/2 out of ****    If an older film can be considered "dated" - even by those who claim to be film aficionados - then was it really any good to begin with? I asked myself this very thing while watching the original 1981 "Clash of the Titans" and figured that this theory does indeed apply to it and a great number of other films that for whatever reason get recognition from large amounts of viewers. This is basically the kind of film that you had to grow up with to enjoy or appreciate …
review by . July 25, 2009
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Thanks to Netflix and their recommendation feature I was reintroduced to Clash of the Titans. This is one of those classic movies that remains permenantly stored in my subconscious, but until recently, remained unremembered in any conscious area of my brain. So when the nostalgic lightbulb goes off, it's a feeling that I enjoy tremendously. Before rewatching this classic, I had only vague memories of certain parts of the movie. What I remembered most was just how intimidated I was as a …
review by . April 07, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
CLASH OF THE TITANS is not a film to watch if you want to learn about Greek mythology. The movie (though closer to those tales than Disney's HERCULES) is filled with a hodge-podge of all kinds of Greek myths tied together with a bit of Nordic legend as well. However, this is a film that was made for fun. The cast looks like the had fun making the movie, Ray Harryhausen had to have a ton of fun with all the effects, and the movie is fun to watch.The plot is too convoluted to go into detail. However, …
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Clash of the Titans is a 1981 fantasy and mythology movie based on the myth of Perseus. Stop motion animation is used to a large extent in the film to animate the various monsters. The special effects creatures were created by Ray Harryhausen, who retired from filmmaking shortly after the movie was released. Stephen R. Wilk wrote in 2000 that "most people today who are aware of the story of Perseus and Medusa owe their knowledge to the 1981 film Clash of the Titans."

Clash of the Titans was released on June 12, 1981 (Raiders of the Lost Ark was also released on the same date). The movie was a box office hit, grossing $41 million domestically alone, on a $16 million budget. It was the 11th highest grossing film of the year.[

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Director: Desmond Davis
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: June 21, 1981
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Beverley Cross
DVD Release Date: 2001
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Warner Bros. Pictures
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