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Plot: Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 12 Jun 1981
I ignored this film when it first came out in 1981. There were just too many cool films to see that year. Friends who saw it told me it was a laughable hoot. Despite it's august cast and attempt to cash in on the mythic quest themes of Star Wars, it rapidly sunk from sight. In 1995, looking for a film appropriate for my 7 year old daughter, I pulled this film out of the 'family' section of my local library. The critics are right. The F/X are clunky, even by 1981 standards.Harry Hamlin is wooden. Judy Bowker is forgettable, and Laurence Olivier hams it up shamelessly...and yet...IT <more>
ALL WORKS! The sets and lighting perfectly capture our deepest feellings of mythic Greece. There isn't a drop of contemporary forays into irony & cynicism. It is unalloyed GOOD vs EVIL lovingly given to us by the effects wizard Harryhausen. His monsters have a childlike beauty that makes them 'scary' without trying to gross you out. It's the myth, the quest, and finally the theme that love does conquer all. No need for smart-alecky, eye-winking protaganists. Just a good old fashioned story told straight and true. My now 14yr. old daughter, wife and I just saw it again last night. See it with the child in your life, or the child in you.Thank you Mr. Harryhausen, for this and all your wonderful films.
Seriously, this one should be considered one of the most important and influential movies of all time. It's also one of the best and most entertaining fantasy/sci-fi movies ever. If you like Mythology this is the movie you are looking for. Don't look elsewhere. You got your favorite characters, situations, heroes, villains, etc. Scenes filled with intense action, SPECTACULAR f/x haven't aged, and are ahead of it's time , and a great score. You will never get bored, in fact, each scene is better than the previous.In my opinion, the highlight of the movie is the battle with <more>
Medusa. The scene is dark, creepy, and intense. The Medusa character is scary and I recall having nightmares as a kid after watching her. Her demise is memorable, stuff for legend. The other "strong" and most famous scene is the final confrontation. A scene filled with fantasy and a feeling of victory I can't describe."Clash Of The Titans" is a must see for everyone. For example, if you are a Horror fan you should watch "The Exorcist", and if you're a die hard fan of Sci-Fi or Fantasy, you NEED to watch "Clash". It delivers for everyone in all aspects: entertainment, visuals, sound, and acting.
I love this movie. I remember when it made it's debut in 1981. Sure the stop motion special effects used in the movie were just about at their end by that time, but that does not detract one iota from the story. Special effects DO NOT make a movie. Good acting and story do, period.The movie of course is based on the Greek myth of Perseus. It follows the original myth rather well but of course there was some artistic license taken. A few of my favorite scenes were the encounter with the three blind witches, the crossing of the River Styx and of course the showdown with Medusa.I fully <more>
recommend you see the movie and remember, don't pay the ferryman until he gets you to the other side.
Why should everyone be surprised with all the "Star Wars" allusions in "Clash of the Titans"? Both films have young heroes destined for greatness Hamlin , a princess in peril Bowker , a bearded old man watching over him Olivier , mechanical cohorts Bubo the Owl/Robot , and a villain looking to destroy all that is good McCarthy . Check it out, they even had the Hildebrandt brothers who designed the original "Star Wars" poster design the original release poster for COTT. Then again, "Clash" has it roots in Roman mythology, where there are such <more>
fearsome creatures as the Medusa, Calibos, the Kraken, the Stygian witches, and all manner of huge scorpions, two-headed dogs and other plagues of the gods to befall all who disobey them. There are more wonders still in Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation of the more fantastic of the creatures here. True, it looks outdated when compared to what can be done nowadays, but it's vision enough for young children to watch and be swept up in the action of a long time ago....Besides, how young were you when you first watched "Star Wars"?Eight stars. Plus one more for Maggie Smith; she's always worth watching.
Ppl in the science fiction n fantasy movies owe a lot to the genius Harryhausen. Learnt a lot about Greek mythology characters thru this. (by Fella_shibby)
I saw this on a VHS in the mid 80s. I really enjoyed this. Bought a VHS in the late 80s, then a vcd in late 90s. Revisited it recently on a DVD. It is a nicely paced movie and the scenery is breathtaking. This movie is great fun. The credit for this goes to the wonderful stop-animation work of Ray Harryhausen. This is the last and finest example of his work. The best thing in this film was the showdown with Medusa. The scene is dark, creepy, and intense. I have re-watched the movie so many times and I still find it to be a great mythological fantasy film.The film has Kraken a giant monster, <more>
Calibos the satyr, blind witches, the devil's boatman, Cerberus - depicted with two heads instead of the usual three, mechanical owl, giant scorpions and finally Medusa, as a memorably striking n frightening creature. It also has Burgess Meredith Rocky's trainer . Some beautiful cinematography by Ted Moore 7 James bond films, the golden voyage of sindbad, sindbad and the eye of the tiger .The karst area in El Torcal de Antequera, Spain appears in the visit to the Stygian witches. The Azure Window in Gozo, Malta, appears in the battle against the Kraken. I made my kids watch this few years before the remake. We all saw the remake in theatre n we all were disappointed. My kids were enquiring where is Burgess Meredith's character in the remake?
With lines like that what can one say? This film comes to life solely on the strength of the supporting cast: Sir Lawrence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Burgess Meredith, Neal McCarthy Calibos . Harry Hamlin and the very pretty English girl who plays Andromeda may not be great actors but they do look the parts they play. The special effects of Mr. H., while passe' in this digital age, are pretty good. I have seen this film a few times and always enjoy it.
Pretty Good, All Things Considered (by Hitchcoc)
It's always difficult to review something in 1999 which was made 18 years earlier. The first thing that people do is to criticize the special effects. Does this mean that every movie made before computer graphics should be rejected out of hand. Should we start by throwing out The Wizard of Oz because the flying monkeys used piano wires? It ultimately gets down to whether there is a story worth telling and how well that story is told. Clash of the Titans is not a masterpiece. It does, however, tell a pretty good story. The characters are interesting and the thread of mythology is <more>
interesting enough to carry it to its conclusion. The special effects are the stop action kind that were the only thing available at this time. Believe me, they were a lot of fun when the movie first came out.This tells the story of Perseus who is not as well known in mythology as say Hercules, Theseus, or Jason, but his story is a fun one. The quest for the evil Medusa, the need to figure out a way to defeat her without being turned to stone, the evil Calibos a complete creation , and, of course, the beautiful Andromenda Judi Bowker, who is absolutely stunning is the prize. It is paced nicely and the scenery is pretty breathtaking. The music is also very nice. I enjoyed the creatures. I liked the boatman and the river of death. I liked Pegasus, I liked the sound effects. But I don't mind suspending my disbelief.The downsides are numerous but I think they have more to do with what the director chose to do. The gods and goddesses are stiff and uninteresting, including Laurence anything for a buck Olivier. Some pretty important actors to throw away at these Olympian debriefings. They could have lost the owl. He is a mini version of R2-D2 with his silly metallic bleeps and erratic actions. I'm sure they did this for the kids but it really diminished the integrity of the story. Still, if you allow yourself, you can have a lot of fun with this film.
I saw CLASH OF THE TITANS when it was released. This was during the massive explosion of science fiction movies after the success of Star Wars and other blockbusters of the late 1970s. The idea of a fantasy film taking place during ancient Greece was a refreshing from the glut of sci-fi films. But I wasn't too thrilled by COTT. I thought then as now that COTT is a misfire of sorts with some memorable moments, the one with the medusa being the film's stand-out scene. One of the most effective suspenseful scenes ever made. There are numerous scenes where the direction is clearly <more>
lacking. For example, when the Kraken surfaces and heads for the city at the beginning of the film, we see a series of shots that more or less has nothing to do with the moment. In fact we don't know what's going on. We see a God under water, a gate opening with something the Kraken coming out of it. Then Zeus crunches the little statue, which kills the man and then all hell breaks loose and we see people running but we don't know why. Then we see a series of stock footage shots of big waves, which are supposed to have been started by the Kraken but the waves look like standard waves, not an artificially created tsunami. And when the city is finally hit by the waves, we see people running around with their Adidas shorts under their togas.The cast is actually great but alas they have little to do. The scenes with the gods jump from one to the next without any narrative sense. One moment a city is destroyed, then we see Zeus punishing Calibos for killing almost all of the winged horses save for Pegasus . Scenes jump from one to the next even though we still haven't figured out what exactly happened in the previous scene. The whole beginning is simply a series of stilted set-ups for the main story that never engages the viewer. The direction by Desmond Davis is, at times, quite poor and incoherent and convoluted when simplicity was in order, certainly when you consider that the film is based on timeless mythical characters we're very familiar with.The film is not a total lost. It is watchable I've seen it countless of times and some scenes are excellent here and there. The cast IS excellent even if it's wasted and the score by Laurence Rosenthal is the best thing in the whole film, giving life and character to the rather flat execution I still have the vinyl LP I bought after seeing the film . And I don't mind Bubo, which a lot of people seem to hate. Personally, I'd rather watch CLASH OF THE TITANS than something like the THE FIFTH ELEMENT. But it still doesn't change the fact that CLASH OF THE TITANS is plagued by uneven direction, uneven FX, and a decidedly uneven story. It's a shame because the whole concept of the mythological story is filled with so much potential. addendum: after viewing the remake...this film is a masterpiece...
This movie is a wonderful showcase for stop-motion modeling mixed with live-action. By 2005 CGI standards things look a little jerky and unfinished, but this does not distract from drawing the viewer into the world of Greek mythology commercialized .The Greek gods are butting their jealous heads together and it is up to the pawn in their game, Perseus, to save the day. This is not a movie that will evoke any sort of overwhelming emotional reactions, but it is a competent damsel-in-distress action flick with handsome heroes and ugly bad guys. The lines between good and evil are distinct and <more>