Helen of Troy

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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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Audience Reviews for Helen of Troy

  • Jul 20, 2008
    "Loving me kills people, destroys families, causes such grief you cannot imagine." The series produces a tale filled with emotions of love,hate,betrayal, obsession and desire .It captures the ways of the Spartans and how they are ruthless in their methods of war. It also let's us in on how the Trojans are being tricked by the Spartans. At the other Hand this is the only Epic TV Series, where I thought if the actors didnt act so well, they would have already ruined the Series by their appearance. Let just think of Helen. She was Blonde huh? None of the actors really looked nearly to greek. If you ignore the lack of attention to historical details. You will enjoy Helen of Troy.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2006
    Better than Troy. Too much focus on Paris and Helen, but that is the path this film chose. Better representation of the characters from the epic, the best thing about this being that it follows the actual story.
    Super Reviewer

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