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Helen of Troy (2003)





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"The face that launched a thousand ships" was the centerpiece of this two-part TV miniseries, which invoked affectionate memories of the overblown Cecil B. DeMille epics of years gone by. Set in the 13th century B.C., the series starred Sienna Guillory as Helen, the Olympian-born, dazzlingly beautiful trophy wife of Sparta's King Menelaus (James Callis). Unhappy in her "marriage of state," Helen yearned for the companionship of the gorgeous young man whom she had seen only in a vision: Paris (Matthew Marsden), the Prince of Troy. As luck would have it, Paris managed to "abduct" Helen and spirit her off to his homeland, where she was welcomed by his father, King Priam (John Rhys-Davies), despite the portents of doom from Paris' foresighted sister, Cassandra (Emilia Fox). Meanwhile back in Sparta, King Menelaus, his honor besmirched, declared war on Troy, thus beginning a ten-year conflict that would culminate disastrously in the incident of the Trojan horse. All of which greatly pleased Menelaus' covetous brother, Agamemnon (Rufus Sewell), who cannily exploited the war in order to emerge as King of the Aegean. Far more elaborate than any of the previous cinematic treatments of the Helen legend, this one was also a bit more sensational, with a number of gratuitous but enjoyable nude scenes. Filmed on location in Malta and Greece, Helen of Troy was seen over the USA cable network on April 20 and 21, 2003.
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Rufus Sewell
as Agamemnon
Sienna Guillory
as Helen of Troy
Craig Kelly
as Pollux
John Rhys-Davies
as King Priam
Maryam d'Abo
as Queen Hecuba
Emilia Fox
as Cassandra
Bettina Paris
as Cassandra (age 8)
Nigel Whitmey
as Odysseus
Emily Kosloski
as Aphrodite
James Callis
as Menelaus
Katie Blake
as Clytemnestra
Joe Monatana
as Achilles
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Without a jot of mystery or magic.

Full Review… | September 15, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Helen of Troy

This is very good for a tv mini-series. The acting is believable, though over the top in some instances (Agamemnon comes to mind). Guillory is beautiful and makes a fine Helen. You can understand why she was the impetus for the war. Fairly honest retelling of the myth as well. This is worth watching, though it may not be suitable for the younger ones due to some violence and nudity. Also the CGI was pretty laughable. My kids were horrified at how bad it was.

Don Schick
Don Schick

Just around the same time the big budget movie coming out come this TV-movie of the same storyline. The producers seemed to be more interesting telling the story rather than making a formal up-and-down drama. Generally fair for a TV-movie standard.


it was a good movie. i can not beleive what they would do to the women it that time. i would not be able to live in that time.

Nicole Page
Nicole Page

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