Clash of the Titans

June 12th, 1981


Clash of the Titans

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A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.

Release Year: 1981

Rating: 6.7/10 (18,909 voted)

Director: Desmond Davis

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom

Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis's son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished.

Laurence Olivier - Zeus
Claire Bloom - Hera
Maggie Smith - Thetis
Ursula Andress - Aphrodite
Jack Gwillim - Poseidon
Susan Fleetwood - Athena
Pat Roach - Hephaestus
Harry Hamlin - Perseus
Judi Bowker - Andromeda
Burgess Meredith - Ammon
Siân Phillips - Cassiopeia
Flora Robson - A Stygian Witch
Anna Manahan - A Stygian Witch
Freda Jackson - A Stygian Witch
Tim Pigott-Smith - Thallo

Taglines: You will feel the power. Live the adventure. Experience the fantastic.


Official Website: Warner Video [United States] |

Release Date: 12 June 1981

Filming Locations: Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $41,092,328 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Bubo, the mechanical owl, was introduced to capitalize on the popularity of R2-D2 from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The name "Bubo" is a scientific term for the genus of eagle owls and horned owls, which is interesting because the robot Bubo is modeled on a barn owl, which is the genus Tyto, and not a Bubo at all.

Continuity: Calibos presents Andromeda with a necklace, which he puts around her neck without fastening it. As she leaves the swamp after Calibos rejects her pleas, she removes the necklace from around her neck, which somehow has been fastened in the back.

Thetis: Hear me, vain and foolish mortal woman. You dare compare your daughter's beauty to mine and in my own sacred sanctuary? You will repent your boast and the cruel injury you have inflicted on my son, Calibos.
Cassiopeia: Forgive. Forgive.
Thetis: In 30 days, on the eve of the longest day of the year, your daughter Andromeda must be taken to the sacrificial rock at the edge of the sea, there bound and chained to the stone. She must be unknown to man, a virgin. A sacrifice suitable for the Kraken...

User Review

Setting things straight


I am not here to comment on the admittedly laughable acting. I am not here to ridicule the uninteresting and thoroughly unoriginal storyline. But if anyone, anywhere in the world, endeavours to say a bad word about Ray Harryhausen's special effects, that's where my moral sense of outrage kicks in and I jump into action. Harryhausen's efforts may not closely resemble the flashy, ultrareal CGI-effects we're used to seeing right now. Heck, they may even be primitive for the time they were made in. But darnit, they're vintage! What Harryhausen and his two (that's right, just two!) assistants bring us is unfiltered movie magic, and one of the last true testaments to a dying artform. I know at least a few people who agree with me, which is always a comfort.


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