Clash of the Titans
Release year: 1981
Director: Desmond Davis
Screenwriter: Beverly Cross’
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Burgess Meredith, Ursula Andress, Jack Gwillim, Pat Roach
Ratings: 1 Saturn Award for Best Supportin Actor (Burgess Meredtih)
Perseus (Harry Hamlin), the son from a love affair Zeus (Laurence Olivier) had with a human woman, falls in love with the beautiful Andromeda (Judi Bowker). Only problem is she is to be sacrificed to the Kraken and now Perseus has 30 days to find a way to save her.
This is a film adaption of the myth of Perseus, the Greek hero who fought Medusa and The Kraken to save the woman he loved. Here the hero is played by Hamlin (Strange Hearts 2002) who with a vacant look in his eyes stumbles through the movie looking a bit confused about what he is doing. Bowker’s (Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna 1972) is a young and pretty Andromeda, fulfilling her part with quiet beauty and innocence, especially shining when facing the Kraken, while Meredith (Rocky 1976) delivers one of the film’s best performances as Perseus sidekick Ammon. The biggest names in the cast can be found among the gods who are placed in a white and very sterile environment, unfortunately the sterile millieu seems to effect their acting, as their performances are mostly cold and stiff, only Olivier as the almighty Zeus manages a little twinkle in his eyes. But the biggest stars of the film is the wonderful, magnificent, and fantastical creatures of Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts 1963). Though the Kraken isn’t frigthening in today’s eyes it is still a work of art and his mechanical owl actually manage to become the heart of the story, while Medusa still scares in the most tense and effective scene in the entire movie. Those characters are the main reason for watching this movie and a very good reason!
Greek hell-hounds traditionally had three heads, but Dioskilos in this movie has only two, because it would have taken Ray Harryhausen too much time to animate a third head.
Picture copyright: NF Films