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2000s, Sword'n Sandals

Troy (2004)

Duration 2h 43m (less on TV) Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Loosely based on Homer’s works “The Illiad” and “The Odyssey”
Writers/Script David Benioff
Additional Info Terry Gilliam was said to have been offered the opportunity to direct but after reading five pages of the script turned it down.
Director Wolfgang Petersen
Starring Julian Glover, Brian Cox, Brad Pitt, John Shrapnel, Brendan gleeson, Diane Kruger, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Garrett Hedlund, Sean Bean, Julie Christie, Peter O’Tool, James Cosmo, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne
Elevator Pitch When a son of the king of Troy absconds with Helen, the wife of the king of Sparta the Greeks unite to take on the Trojans in all out war. The Greek army includes Odysseus and their champion Achilles, who is generally a thorn in the side of Agamemnon the Greek leader, but is pursuaded by events to participate in the battles.
Content The are a number of major and minor battles between the Greeks and the Trojans, involving spears, swords and bludgeons with resulting blood and guts. Some individual combats and a bit of almost nudity and sex. Achilles and his men are a sort of special forces squad who mostly stand aside and let the grunts battle it out. There is quite a bit of talking as the kings hold meetings to plan the next action.
A View Some people seem to have quite liked this very expensive production, so it made money, but honestly unless you are a Brad Pitt fan (he looks good in his helmet) you, like me, will probably be bored. The one bright spot was the Horse, which was a wonderful design but it is maybe not worth waiting for due to the extreme length of the movie.

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