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Clash of the Titans (1981)

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Critic Consensus: A goofy, old-school sword-and-sandal epic, Clash of the Titans mines Greek mythology for its story and fleshes it out with Ray Harryhausen's charmingly archaic stop-motion animation techniques.

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The eschewing of modern optical effects techniques in favor of the classic stop-motion animation work of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen was a delightful highlight of this action adventure that attempted to give Greek mythology the Star Wars (1977) treatment. Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, a mortal who, due to the interference of the mighty god Zeus (Laurence Olivier), finds himself in the city of Joppa, far away from his island home. There, he falls in love with Andromeda (Judi Bowker), an imprisoned princess. To free her, win her hand, and thus half of the kingdom, Perseus solves a riddle, but Joppa's enraged ruler orders Andromeda fed to the Kraken, a towering sea monster that's the last of the powerful Titans. In his quest to save Andromeda, Perseus must endure a series of trials with the help of the winged horse Pegasus and a friendly playwright, Ammon (Burgess Meredith). His ultimate goal is to secure the head of the grotesque Gorgon named Medusa and use it to turn the Kraken into stone, but dangers await, including the hideously deformed Calibos (Neil McCarthy). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Rating:
PG (nudity, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

Harry Hamlin
as Perseus
Judi Bowker
as Andromeda
Maggie Smith
as Thetis
Ursula Andress
as Aphrodite
Jack Gwillim
as Poseidon
Pat Roach
as Hephaestus
Sian Phillips
as Cassiopeia
Neil McCarthy
as Calibos
Donald Houston
as Acrisius
Vida Taylor
as Danae
Harry Jones
as Huntsman
Flora Robson
as Blind Witch
Anna Manahan
as Blind Witch
Freda Jackson
as Blind Witch
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Critic Reviews for Clash of the Titans

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (3)

The visual effects are clearly the only thing here that's worth bothering with.

Full Review… | May 19, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

...a camp-infused fantasy flick that will probably work best among younger viewers and those with fond memories of its original theatrical release.

Full Review… | March 31, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Teenage boys will love it, but the rest of us will be frustrated by the storytelling, the shaky camerawork and the dubiously effective 3D presentation, which distracts more than it offers

Full Review… | March 31, 2010
Urban Cinefile

...the last hurrah for the master of stop-motion animation, Ray Harryhausen, and it's unfortunate he went out on a less-than-perfect note.

Full Review… | February 27, 2010
Movie Metropolis

A poignant eulogy to Harryhausen's handcrafted illusionism in a decade of increasingly synthetic effects

Full Review… | December 25, 2009
CinePassion

let your mind go, forgive the wear and tear of time and enjoy the adventure

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Clash of the Titans

½

Engaging action, fantasy, Clash of the Titans is a highly entertaining film, but it does have a significant flaw, and that is that it shows its age. On the other hand, the cast do a good job in their performances. Despite the fact that it shows its age, it's still an entertaining movie that should appeal to genre fans. The effects are quite good for its time, however like I said, this is a dated affair. Overall the film is decent at best, and it had the potential of being really good, unfortunately it never realizes, and it has too many shortcomings that make this a somewhat entertaining, yet very flawed movie. I just didn't think it was a great movie, as it is, it a decent picture that tries to be too ambitious, and in turn, it loses track of telling a richly detailed and wonderful story. If you can manage 80's films that shows it age, then by all means, give Clash of the Titans a viewing. The film has its moments, but is also disappointing because it could have been much better. At times the performances are overbearing, and it becomes a bit ridiculous. At least a select few actors here can act, like Dame Maggie Smith, which I quite enjoyed here. I8f you're expecting a grand, epic movie, look elsewhere. Yes, it's a big story, but it feels hollow and empty at times, and it's what brings the film down as well. There are far better fantasy films out there than this one, and it's a shame that the film just fails to really enthrall the viewer. Decent, but never good, Clash of the Titans is one of those movies that should have been very good, and it makes you wonder, if the project had a different director, would this have turned out differently?

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

"Clash of the Titans (1981)," although dated, has a very good mythical story about rescuing the princess whom he is in love with. Along his journey, he encounters a two headed dog, a snake woman (medusa), giant scorpions, and the Kraken, something that you will be waiting to see throughout the entire film. What I love so much about this film is the fact that instead of giving small action scenes here and there, just to be let down by the short battle at the end, is the fact that they wait until the last three quarters of the movie to show any action sequences, so my needs are met by the end. Overall, I still am not a huge fan of fictional mythical stories, but this one has really caught my attention and deserves several watches. The action is cool, the characters are likeable, and the shots are key, for keeping the scale of the actual monsters a secret. I had a lot of fun with "Clash of the Titans (1981)" and I would definitely recommend it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

A unique and unforgettable Greek mythology film. Clash of the Titans it's a delighful classic from the ending of my childhood. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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